Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the GRAMMY® Award winner – and seven-time nominee – has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections, a remarkable body of work in progress that prompted the New York Times to hail her for “[writing] cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people…(her) songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.”

The Austin, TX-based singer and songwriter made an immediate impact with her 1996 debut, Living With Ghosts, and its 1998 follow-up, Flaming Red – both now considered seminal works of modern folk and Americana. Since then, Griffin’s diverse body of work spans such classic LPs as 2002’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated 1000 Kisses – later ranked #15 on Paste’s“The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009),” — to 2007’s Children Running Through, honored by the Americana Music Association with two Americana Honors & Awards including “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” To date, Griffin has received seven total nominations from the Americana Music Association, affirming her as one of the far-reaching genre’s leading proponents. 2011’s Downtown Church – which blends traditional gospel favorites with Griffin’s own spiritually questioning material – debuted at #1 on both Billboard’s “Folk Albums” and “Christian Albums” charts before winning 2011’s “Best Traditional Gospel Album” GRAMMY® Award, Griffin’s first solo GRAMMY® triumph among seven total career nominations. Griffin’s most recent LP, 2015’s Servant Of Love, marked the first release on her own PGM Recordings label via Thirty Tigers. Applauded by The Guardian as “bravely experimental,” the collection saw Griffin earn still another GRAMMY® Award nomination, this time in the “Best Folk Album” category.

Widely regarded among the best pure songwriters of this or any other era, Griffin has had her work performed by a truly epic assortment of her fellow artists, among them Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Clarkson & Jeff Beck, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Melissa Etheridge and Susan Boyle, to name but a few. Her songs have also been showcased in a variety of film, TV, and theatre projects, with her original music and lyrics featured in the 2007 musical, 10 Million Miles, produced Off-Broadway by the Atlantic Theatre Company and directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer. Griffin has also been joined in the studio by a veritable who’s-who of contemporary Americana, including Harris, Buddy & Julie Miller, Shawn Colvin, Jim Lauderdale, Raul Malo, Ian McLagen, JD Foster, and many others. As if her own remarkable career weren’t enough, Griffin has found time to collaborate with a wide range of like-minded artists, among them Joshua Radin, Todd Snider, Dierks Bentley, Robert Plant, Jack Ingram, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings.

In addition to her creative career, Griffin has also devoted considerable energy and focus towards the wellbeing of the planet as well as showing compassion for the less fortunate among us via personal and public acts of charity including helping to create the Lampedusa tours supporting the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Having crafted a rich catalog that chronicles love and death, heartache and joy, connection and detachment, Patty Griffin continues to push her art forward, as always imbuing every effort with compassion and craft, uncanny perception, and ever-increasing ingenuity.

RT Valine

RT Valine holding a sunflower and standing in a field of sunflowers, staring off to the right at something outside the frame.RT Valine is a singer/composer from Allen, Oklahoma. As a featured TASCAM artist, he has partnered with the company to craft an analog/digital hybrid studio for recording various artists and projects for film and television. Often playing over 200 live shows a year with his band RT N’ The 44s, RT has recently limited his travels to short tours between California and Tennessee as he and his wife Jackie and dog Wino embrace a slower pace to focus on “smelling more flowers.”

Travis Linville

When someone comes from as strong a musical stock as Travis Linville, a conventional life and the path not taken are irreversibly conjoined. His preternatural musical work ethic was ignited as a small child on the built-in stage in his grandparents’ music room, and since then, Linville’s thirty-something years of sweat equity have culminated in a winding, successful career built of disparate parts: veteran and up-and-comer, mentor and underdog, session player and bandleader, sideman and songwriter.

A sought-after collaborator, Linville’s touring instrumental work includes turns onstage with Samantha Crain and Hayes Carll and session work with too many artists to count, among them gifted American songwriter John Moreland and indie rock stalwart Berwanger (feat. members of the Anniversary). In recent years, he’s performed his own music as hand-selected support for Carll, fellow Oklahomans Moreland and Parker Millsap, Todd Snider’s Hard Working Americans, and even country legend Marty Stuart.

Combined with his hundreds of solo shows, these collaborations and his recorded catalog, including 2017’s Up Ahead LP, have built for Linville a dedicated group of fans equally enamored of his nonchalant technical skill—whether as his own producer and studio engineer, or on guitar, pedal steel, piano, mandolin, or any number of other instruments—and his artistry and taste.

Among those fans who’ve spent decades following Linville’s solo work is Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native JD McPherson, who recollects, “Growing up in Oklahoma, Travis was known everywhere as one of the most respected musicians and performers from a very large pool of talent.”

He’s put in so much work, in fact, that he makes extraordinarily difficult things seem easy, operating outside the banal umbrella of the visibly tortured artist. As Hayes Carll puts it, “Travis is one of those rare artists that seem to be gifted at everything. His playing and singing appear to be just as natural as breathing to him. That ease has always stood out to me.”

But despite that perceptible ease, Linville not only likes a challenge, but it’s essential to who he is as a musician. “My ambition has always been about musicianship. Music itself is what I’ve been in love with and want to explore—rhythm, melody, harmony,” he explains. “Every time I’ve run low on that passion, I’ve picked up a new instrument or technique, and I’m right back where I love to be…with the beginner’s mind.”

Levi Parham

A native of Oklahoma, Levi Parham’s music draws on the rich songwriting traditions of his home state. “Perhaps it’s something in the [Oklahoma] water — the same iron-heavy tap drink that Woody Guthrie sipped on as a young man — that leads to an inherited sense of melody, ” said The Bluegrass Situation. “Whatever it is, Levi Parham has it.”

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With influences from the worlds of blues, folk, soul, rock and country music, it’s Parham’s “soulful, gritty and tender voice” (The Boot) that brings it all together into a sound that CMT described as “enticing” with “a melancholy feel.” In June 2016, Parham released an album titled These American Blues that reached #25 on the AMA charts, and was #1 in the EuroAmericana Charts for 2016. No Depression called it “a must have in any music aficionado’s collection” while Elmore Magazine called it “a remarkable feat of musicianship”. The album marked Parham’s third release, following up his 2014 EP Avalon Drive and his 2013 debut An Okie Opera.

After the release of These American Blues, Parham left Austin based record label Music Road Records. “Things don’t always go like they could, but it’s all good,” calls out Levi Parham on the title track to his new album. Reminding everyone not to sweat it when faced with the circumstances much out of one’s control, Parham shouts “I ain’t scared, I ain’t worried, I’ve got friends and they’d be here in a hurry.”

What happened in August 2017, with musicians Paul Benjaman, Lauren Barth, John Fullbright, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Aycock, Aaron Boehler, Dustin Pittsley, Michael Staub and Lauren Farrah, was a combination of mean soulful guitar riffs and loose vibey grooves, with hints of inspiration and influence from Derek and The Dominos, The Band, The Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers.

“You don’t know what something is until you get to the heart of it. I think the world at large looks at Oklahoma as not only a culturally rich place but also as the epicenter of American spirit. Undeniable pride, humility, compassion and vibrancy are on display with every Okie musical export. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of it all,” said Parham.

It’s All Good is now available worldwide, released on Horton Records in US and Continental Records in Europe.

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Jonny Burke

Jonny Burke is one H shy of sharing a name with the lyricist behind “Pennies from Heaven,” “Misty” and other Great American Songbook entries. But when it comes to what might someday be called the Great Americana Songbook, he won’t have to worry about ID mix-ups. Burke’s work is as distinctive as the landscape of the Texas Hill Country where he was raised.

It would be a mistake, however, to assume the geography of his upbringing automatically puts his music into college-country/red-dirt territory. His latest album, Along Alone Alright, on his own Dream Car Records label, stakes out turf in a wide-open space where artists freely mix folk and blues with a pinch of country twang, a dose of rock swagger and a whole lot of heart.

In 2016, he headed to Durham, North Carolina, to record Along Alone Alright, his third full-length album, with American Aquarium’s’s Ryan Johnson and Whit Wright, who co-produced.

Its 10 songs deliver food for thought about some weighty topics, such as aging, mortality and loss—including the death of dreams. With only three decades on the planet, it might seem early for Burke to delve into such subjects—despite his advanced field studies. But his applied learning actually started in his single-digit years, when he started to discover poets and pickers whose songs weren’t on most kids’ mixtapes.

“Chuck Berry’s songs spoke to me as a child and raised my consciousness to a greater level. As did Hank Williams’ songs. And John Prine’s,” Burke says. “I realized at a very young age that songs are a great medium for a story.”

He set his sights on writing his own, and has proven remarkably good at it. In the standout tune “World’s On Fire,” Burke guides the youthful hopes of a daydream boy and a calico girl toward a place where “Jack and Diane” meet “The River.” Over his gorgeous acoustic strumming, he sings, I fell asleep to the TV/I don’t see much reality/Rich girls talkin’ all ’bout themselves/You work at Walmart stocking shelves/Ain’t got two dimes to rub together/We used to say this ain’t forever.

Jake Flint

Jake Flint is singing into a microphone at a live show strumming his acoustic guitar. He is wearing a black and white trucker hat and sunglasses.Jake Flint is a Red Dirt singer/songwriter who resides in rural Claremore, Oklahoma. Jake was born in 1985 and raised in the oilfield boom town of Holdenville in South Eastern Oklahoma, the son of a wildcat oilman and a hard-working mother of two. He was transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Jake says he was always the “outcast country kid in the city.”

Jake’s first introduction to playing music was a result of his father having been diagnosed with A.L.S. or Lou Gherig’s Disease and was not able to physically provide interaction to his son. Concerned about not being able to participate with Jake in sports, his father commissioned a couple of his lifelong best friends to teach Jake to play guitar and take him to regional bluegrass festivals. Jake discovered a love of bluegrass music which soon transitioned into a love for jam bands such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. It was at this time that Jake was inspired to write his own music.

Jake’s next musical phase was his discovery of songwriters born out of the Texas and Oklahoma music scene past and present; Tom Skinner, Bob Childers, Boland, Canada, McClure, Chris Knight among countless others. This is where Jake found himself, his musical inspiration, and launched his own singer/songwriting career.

Jake floated through life loving, hating, gaining, losing, experimenting, witnessing, missioning, sinning, breaking the law, paying the consequences while openly and candidly writing about it all.

Jake plays solo acoustical performances and with his band at venues all over Oklahoma, Texas, and surrounding states.

 

Saugeye

Saugeye is the collaboration of veteran Tulsa musicians Jared Tyler, Seth Lee Jones, Jake Lynn, and Casey Van Beek. The band is named after avid fisherman and frontman Tyler’s favorite catch, a hybrid cross of the sauger and walleye. Fittingly, Saugeye’s sound is a unique mix of hybrid roots music: folk, blues, country, and rock blending seamlessly from tune to tune.

Since 2017, the band has honed its tight live performance with weekly residencies at Tulsa’s Mercury Lounge and The Colony, as well as festivals including Okemah’s Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Tahlequah’s Medicine Stone Music Festival and Kansas City’s Open Spaces Art Festival, building a loyal following along the way.

Although Saugeye is relatively new on the music scene, its members boast impressive resumes. Singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tyler began his professional career as the longtime sideman to acclaimed singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe. Tyler’s solo releases include Blue Alleluia (2006), featuring guest vocals from Emmylou Harris, Here With You (2010), which was co-produced by Chuck Zwicky, Prince’s mixing engineer, and most recently, and Dirt On Your Hands (2017). Seth Lee Jones is a third-generation guitarist and noted luthier who began his career in his family’s band. Jake Lynn plays drums with Texas country outfit Jason Boland & The Stragglers, and Casey Van Beek was a member of The Tractors, with a long career that includes time alongside Glenn Frey and Don Henley in Linda Ronstadt’s band.

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Mike McClure

Mike McClure is sitting in a garden wearing a grayish-brown brimmed hat, short sleeve pearl snap shirt, and bolo tie. A white picket fence and purple flowered bush are out of focus in the background.

Mike McClure got his start in the 90s playing in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he was a founding member of legendary Red Dirt band, The Great Divide. The band signed with Atlantic, and Garth Brooks recorded one of McClure’s songs.

After a decade with The Great Divide, McClure went out on his own and released ten albums, many with famed producer and engineer Joe Hardy (Steve Earl, ZZ Top). He has produced albums for the Turnpike Troubadours, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Katie Butts, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, and many others.

If you look closely at the last several years of McClure’s life, you will see there has been a life-altering awakening for the singer, songwriter, artist, and producer. Marked by reckoning, renewal and growth – some by choice, some by fate – the result is Looking Up. The highly acclaimed album released in September 2020, finds McClure getting sober, wrestling with insecurity, and finding new love for both himself and others, as he discovers the best way to live is to live in truth and to be present, no matter what.

Apart from his solo acoustic work, he can also be found performing as Crow and Gazelle (with Chrislyn Lawrence) and The Great Divide, who will release a new album in 2022. McClure was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

“Introspection is found across Looking Up. For a recently sober guy trying to navigate his way through a landmine-filled 2020, McClure has successfully boiled life down to what he needs and poured the distractions away.” – AMERICANA HIGHWAYS

“Newfound optimism is reflected throughout the record, beginning with “I Am Not Broken,” an anthem that finds McClure singing the title with the utmost confidence as he refuses to let his past define him…Whatever might be left of McClure’s time, one thing is certain: As long as Orion — and whatever else — continues to guide him, he will remain a pioneer in the landscape of Red Dirt and alternative country for decades to come.” – NO DEPRESSION