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Old 02-12-2008, 03:52 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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Thanx much. The company I'll be interviewing with has plants in: Tulsa, Sapulpa, Wagoner, Chandler, Bartlesville, Claremore, Pryor, Okmulgee, McAlester, Grove, Manford, to name a few. I might have some choice in which plant to work in and I'm not familiar with the area much at all.

I'm wanting to live in a rural area, but not so far from civilization that there's no nightlife at all. I'm curious about dry counties, not so much that I'm a big drinker, but no bars = few places to play music.

Any of the towns I mentioned sound like what I might be looking for?

Thanx again.
These are all burg's or Satellite Towns of Tulsa Oklahoma ..Sapulpa....Wagoner..Bartlesville..Claremore...
Pryor...Okmulgee..Grove...Manford ,Manford and Grove are more rural and isolated than the other ,but on or
near a beautiful scenic Lake And near a 2 to 4 Lane Expressway going right into Tulsa. Tulsa Is Developing Into A New Break-Out World Class City , Tulsa City Population is 388,000 City And 1,000,000 Metropolitan And Seen to be developing 5 to 10 Years Behind Oklahoma City , But The Both Of These Cities Have A Good Live Music Scene With Plenty Of Venues.

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Old 02-12-2008, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere! :)
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Really? maybe one of you fellow musicians can help me find a gig? It would definately make me more likely to move to OK. if I had a job offer and a band! LOL
You're gonna get a job offer before moving?
You MUST be good!
(Just busting them... I'm an Okie wannabe from NH at this time.)

Rock on!
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:08 PM
 
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You're gonna get a job offer before moving?
You MUST be good!
(Just busting them... I'm an Okie wannabe from NH at this time.)

Rock on!
Haven't got the job offer yet, but probably doing an interview in about 1 1/2 weeks. Talked to the guy on the phone today and it sounds like my odds are pretty good, although i'd have to take a major cut in pay compared to my current job in northern Illinois.

Moving is a big decision to make, but I want out of the Kankakee area bad! Anything anyone can tell me about the area including cost of living vs. wages would also be appreciated. If I move I'll be going from about $40k a year to about $30k. Could I live fairly comfortably on that?
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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I'm considering taking a job with a company that has several plants in eastern OK. and western Arkansas. I'm also a part-time professional musican(guitarist/vocalist) and was wondering what the live music scene was like in that area. Is there a lot of dry counties? If, so which ones?

I'm 44, so I'm not looking to become a big star, just hoping to find a working band to play with on weekends for fun and a little side money. Most of my expierience is in Classic Rock, Country, Blues, etc. Mostly old school stuff.

Anybody have any idea how hard it would be to find a place to play live music in that area? What towns/areas would be the best and worst for live music?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx.
If you play country and western music Tulsa could be a good fit for you..Garth Brooks lives in a Tulsa Burg Owasso And Roy Clark of Hee Haw Fame have lived in Tulsa for many years and as a matter of fact has a Elementary School Named After Him In Tulsa OK Roy Cark Elementary School.
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Somewhere! :)
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Haven't got the job offer yet, but probably doing an interview in about 1 1/2 weeks. Talked to the guy on the phone today and it sounds like my odds are pretty good, although i'd have to take a major cut in pay compared to my current job in northern Illinois.

Moving is a big decision to make, but I want out of the Kankakee area bad! Anything anyone can tell me about the area including cost of living vs. wages would also be appreciated. If I move I'll be going from about $40k a year to about $30k. Could I live fairly comfortably on that?
I was talking about a "musical" job.
(And being a smart-*ss.)

Depending on what you do, there seems to be LOTS of jobs in OK
compared to a LOT of places in the country.

From what I can see from here (NH),
you can do pretty well in OK compared to IL,
but the locals could fill you in better than I could...

So locals....
Help my musician friend out!
(They WILL too! They're GOOD people!)
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Hughes County, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma doesn't have completely dry counties. All of them have 3.2 beer and beer bars that can stay open until 2:00 a.m. All of them also have liquor stores. You would have to check with each county to find out if mixed drinks can be served in clubs & restaurants. Now that I think about it, I think I live in a "dry" county, because no place serves mixed drinks, even the Mexican restaurant does not have Margaritas.
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:34 PM
 
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Hey, thanx for all the help everyone. I think I'm leaning toward Sapulpa, if given the choice. Seems close enough to Tulsa, but far enough away to be somewhat rural.

Any thoughts on Sapulpa(or the rural area west of there) from anyone who's lived or visited there? The music scene, cost of living, natural beauty, or anything else I should know?
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Sapulpa is a pretty nice own with a wide mix of bad/knockdown housing and new upscale houses. Rodney Carrington lives there as well, so I know at least one guy knows how to play a guitar. West of Sapulpa is pretty rural, Kellyville to Bristow are wonderful towns......there is a great large animal chiropractor in Bristow....he works on bucking bulls and cutting horses.

North of both communities you have Drumright, Yale, Mannford, Oilton, Jennings.......mostly small towns based on oil and cattle....except for Mannford which is on Keystone Lake.

As far as the live music scene..........we have a few notable musicians such as

* Tommy Allsup, guitarist/bass player, 6500+ recordings, played with Johnny Lee Wills Band, Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, The Southernaires, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1999 Grammy Best Instrumental Performance, Asleep at the Wheel. Born in Claremore, Nov. 24, 1931.
* *Gene Autry*, Songwriter (200+, Back in the Saddle Again), radio/TV/movie star. Born Tioga, Texas, raised in Oklahoma. 1907-1998.
* Hoyt Axton, folksinger, songwriter, Duncan, Mar. 25, 1938.
* Chet Baker, jazz trumpet musician, Yale, 1929-1989.
* Michael Been, singer/songwriter/guitarist. Formed band,The Call, born and raised in Oklahoma.
* Carl Belew. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame ( Lonely Street, Am I That Easy To Forget). 1931-1990, Salina.
* Elvin Bishop, 15 solo albums, Fooled Around and Fell in Love. Tulsa, 1942.
* Ralph Blane, composer/lyricist, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, Best Foot Forward, Broken Arrow, 1914-1995.
* Noel Boggs. One of world's greatest steel guitar players. 1917-1974, Oklahoma City.
* Johnny Bond. Songwriter, singer, guitar player for Gene Autry on Melody Ranch from 1940-1957. A member of Nashville's Songwriter's hall of fame, his compositions include: Hot Rod Lincoln, Oklahoma Waltz, Cimarron, Ten Little Bottles. 1915-1978, Enville.
* Mike Brewer. Folk rock artist, (One Toke Over the Line), Oklahoma City, 1944.
* Garth Brooks, country music superstar, Yukon, Feb. 7, 1962.
* Albert Brumley. Prolific songwriter composed over 800 gospel and sentimental songs. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame (Turn Your Radio On, I'll Fly Away). Oct. 29, 1905, Spiro.
* Anita Bryant, singer, political activist, Barnsdall, Mar. 25, 1940.
* J.J. Cale, prolific songwriter, singer (After Midnight, Guitar Man), Tulsa.
* Jeff Carson. Country singer/songwriter (Not On Your Love)
December 16, 1963, Tulsa.
* Gary Chapman. Country/Christian, 1996 Dove Award, Male Vocalist of the Year. Aug. 19, 1957, Waurika.
* *Charlie Christian*, jazz guitarist, member of Benny Goodman Sextet, born in Dallas, moved to Oklahoma City as an infant, 1916-1942.
* *Roy Clark*. Versatile country entertainer. Born Virginia, lives in Tulsa.
* Color Me Badd, Oklahoma City-based R&B band, formed in 1987 (I Adore Mi Amor, All 4 Love), winners of an American Music Award, two Soul Train Awards and 3 Grammy nominations.
* Joe Diffie, country musician.
* Big Al Downing. Legendary 50's Rock & Roll pioneer. Centralia, 1940.
* Ronnie Dunn, country singer/songwriter (Boot Scootin' Boogie), Tulsa.
* Nokie Edwards, guitarist, played with The Ventures (Walk Don't Run) from 1959-1967, and again from 1972-1984. Lahoma.
* Ty England. Young country singer/guitarist, played with Garth Brooks 6 years, two solo CDs. Dec. 5, 1963, Tulsa.
* Ernie Fields, big band musician, Tulsa.
* Flaming Lips, Oklahoma City-based alternative rock band.
* For Love Not Lisa, rock band formed in Oklahoma City (Slip Slide Melting).
* Dallas Frazier. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Grammy Winner
(Alley Oop, There Goes My Everything, Elvira, True Love Travels on a Gravel Road). Oct. 27, 1939, Spiro.
* The Gap Band, Tulsa-based soul trio, funk, R&B, 70's and 80's.
* David Gates, musician, the band Bread, Tulsa, 1940.
* Vince Gill, country superstar, Norman, April 12, 1957.
* Wardell Gray. Jazz tenor saxophonist, Oklahoma City, 1921-1955.
* Woody Guthrie, folksinger/songwriter, Okemah, 1912-1967.
* The Hansons,Isaac, Taylor and Zac, rising young "alterna-alterna rock" stars (MMMBop, first poptop 10 hit). Tulsa.
* Gus Harden. 1983 Best New Female Artist, Academy of
Country Music Awards (After the Last Goodbye, All Tangled Up In Love). 1945-1996, Tulsa.
* Roy Harris, symphonic composer, 200+ works, Chandler, 1898-1979.
* Wade Hayes. 1995 Billboard Top New Country Artist ( Old Enough to Know Better, On a Good Night). Apr. 20, 1969, Bethel Acres.
* Michael Hedges, new age composer, musician. Enid. 1954-1997.
* Becky Hobbs. Songwriter/singer (Angels Among Us, It's a Cheating Situation). Jan. 24, 1950, Bartlesville.
* Wanda Jackson, country singer, (In the Middle of a Heartache, Right or Wrong). Oct. 20, 1937, Maude.
* Toby Keith, country superstar, born Clinton, lives Moore, July 8, 1961.
* Barney Kessel. Noted jazz guitarist/improvisationist, has played with Artie Shaw's Gramcercy Five, Oscar Peterson Trio and Charlie Parker. Muskogee, Oct. 17, 1923.
* Joel Levine, Music Director, OKC Philharmonic. Born Oklahoma City.
* Susie Luchsinger. Christian Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, 1994, 1995, and 1996 Dove Country Album of the Year nomination. Nov. 8, 1957, Chockie/McAlester.
* Mel McDaniel, 1985 nominated CMA single of the year, Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On. Checotah, Sept. 9, 1942.
* Barry McGuire. Singer/songwriter, original member of the New Christy Minstrals, star of Broadway musical, "Hair". Songs include Green, Green and Eve of Destruction. Oklahoma City, Oct. 15, 1935.
* Reba McIntyre, country superstar, McAlester, Mar. 29, 1955.
* Jay McShann, jazz pianist, Confessin' the Blues, Muskogee, 1916.
* Eddie Miller. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (Release Me, Thanks A Lot, There She Goes). 1919-1977, Camargo, Okla.
* Ralph Moon. Session guitarist/songwriter (Crazy Arms, Falling for You), played with Waylon Jennings from 1970 until a few years ago. Duncan.
* Alan Munde, one of world's leading banjo players, Norman.
* Kenny O'Dell. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, notable compositions include 1973 CMA Song of the Year, Behind Closed Doors, and Beautiful People, Mama He's Crazy). Born early 1940's, Oklahoma.
* Bonnie Owens. Country singer, 1965 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, 1970 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year (with husband Merle Haggard). Oct. 1, 1932, Blanchard.
* Billy Parker. Country musician-turned DJ, Country Music Disc Jocky Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award, Oklahoma Assoc. Broadcasters. Tulsa native.
* *Tom Paxton*. Folksinger/songwriter. Born Chicago, raised Bristow.
* Oscar Pettiford, Double bass player and bandleader, Okmulgee, 1922-1960.
* Patti Page, singer, Tennessee Waltz, Claremore, Nov. 8, 1927.
* Carl Radle. Bass guitarist, played with Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Derek & the Dominos, Layla, Eric Clapton and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Oklahoma City, 1942-1980.
* Jimmy Rushing, musician, Oklahoma City, 1903-1972.
* Leon Russell, Tulsa.
* Jean Shepard. Pioneer female country singer and regular on Grand Ole Oprey (A Dear John Letter, Satisfied Mind, Two Hoops & A Holler). Nov. 21, 1933, Paul's Valley.
* Billy Simon. Country/inspirational singer/songwriter, member 4Runner quartet. Cleveland, OK.
* Kay Starr, singer, hits include Wheel of Fortune, Rock 'n' Roll Waltz, Dougherty, July 21, 1922.
* Hank Thompson, "King of Western Swing", Brazos Valley Boys. Born Sept. 3, 1925, Sand Springs (?), now resides in Waco, Texas.
* Floyd Tillman. Country singer/songwriter (It Makes No Difference Now, I Love You So Much it Hurts, Slippin' Around), 1976 inducted into Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame, 1984, Country Music Hall of Fame. Ryan, Dec. 8, 1914.
* Pinky Tomlin. Lyricist (The Object of My Affection), orchestra leader. Sept. 9, 1907, Eureka Springs, Okla.
* The Tractors, Tulsa-based country rock band.
* *Merle Travis*. Country swing (Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette, Capital Records 1st million seller). 1917-1983, born Kentucky, lived in Tahlequah at time of his death.
* Dwight Twilley. Rockabilly singer (I'm On Fire), has been called an "overlooked American pop genius". Tulsa, June 6, 1951.
* Jimmy Webb. Prolific singer/songwriter, and the only artist to have won Grammy awards for music, lyric and orchestration. National Academy of Songwriter's 1993 Lifetime Achievement Award. Songs include McArthur's Park, Galveston, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, All I Know, The Highwayman, The Moon's A Harsh Mistress, Up, Up and Away, Wichita Lineman. Elk City, Aug. 15, 1946.
* Bryan White. 1996 Top New Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Awards (Love is the Right Place). Feb. 17, 1974, Lawton.
* Claude Williams, been called "the last of the great swing fiddlers", Muskogee, 1908.
* Kelly Willis. Alternative country, nominated Top New Female Vocalist of 1994. Oklahoma-born.
* Heath Wright. Lead vocalist, Ricochet. Apr. 22, 1967, Vian, OK.


As far as up and coming music, the Red Dirt movement is from Stillwater........there are literally dozens of bands and venues in Green Country.
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:07 PM
 
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DANG GP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Didn't know you were such a music fan!
(Or perhaps musician too?)

If not, that was one heck of a Google search!
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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I play radio, cd's, Sirius, and downloaded music from the computer. As a Jr High School kid I learned real early what a great musician was. I sat second chair trumpet to Phil Driscoll in Jr High. I later played trumpet in a dance band at Great Lakes Naval Base with guys who had played with people like Joe Morello and Ray Charles. I knew I would never be more than a band teacher, and that is not something I wanted to do, so I didn't pursue it.
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