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Old 05-26-2009, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Arkansas
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I haven't seen any threads on this uniquely Oklahoma/Texas genre of music. I recently discovered it, and I'm hooked.


Red Dirt Rangers on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads

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For the last twenty years the Red Dirt Rangers have criss-crossed America (and been overseas) to spread the gospel of the close to the ground, honest sound of the thing called the Red Dirt music scene. Starting from the musical hotbed of Stillwater Oklahoma , these guys have never compromised their music . They have, along with their many friends in the scene, helped create a thing that is as unique and beautiful as an Oklahoma sunset. While no band in Red Dirt is the same, they all come from a common background. Their musical forefathers , Woody Guthrie , Bob Wills, and the Texas Outlaw movement, offer a huge palette on which to draw from. It's a sound that's like no other. Bluegrass, hard-core rock n roll, cajun, gospel, swing , tex-mex, blues, country, folk, all have a home within Red Dirt. And no band typifies that scene quite like the Red Dirt Rangers. They're in a position of being friends and collaboraters with those musicians that came before and after them through Stillwater, and blessed to have picked something up from all of them. They continue to spread the music and sound that defines them to audiences around the state , the region, the country , and the world. Viva la Red Dirt Rangers!!!!!!!!!! Bradley Piccolo Oklahoma City, OK Rhythm guitar, vocals. Influences: Woody Guthrie, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Bob Wills, The Beatles, Bob Childers, Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, Greg Jacobs, Chuck Dunlap, Dub Cross, etc. Having received a guitar at the age of 15, Brad was destined for a career in music. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but couldn't give up the life of a musician. He played with various college bands before moving to Austin, TX from 1989 to 1992. He then returned to Oklahoma City to play full time for the Rangers. Brad can now be found living out on the "Picarosa", a 40 acre piece of ground near Stillwater. John Cooper. Payne County, Oklahoma. Mandolin, percussion, vocals. Influences: Doug Sahm, The Skinner Brothers, Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie, Bob Wills, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Merle Haggard, Bob Childers, The Band, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones. Starting with singing in church as a kid, Cooper has always had a great love of music. From the days of AM pop radio in the 60's to the underground red dirt/ texas sound of today, he's kept his ears open for music that moves him. After leaving OKC and heading to Stillwater (Okla St Univ) to get an education, he happened on a place where he would truley get one--The Farm. The Farm was a place where open mindedness was encouraged; being yourself was encouraged; and music and good times were always encouraged. After the local clubs would close in town , everyone knew there would always be a party at the Farm afterwords. This is where he first learned to play music and write songs. He says the classes at the Farm were better than most everything offered at OSU , and although he did attain a degree in education and taught high school biology and coached baseball for 6 yrs, he never strayed too far from his first love: music. Having been with the band from its beginings in the late '80s , he considers himself blessed to be in the Rangers all this time and loves the friends and aquaintances he's made through the music. Ben Han Labuan, Malaysia Lead guitar, vocals. Influences: Marty Robbins, The Everly Brothers, Slade, Badfinger, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Ventures, Dick Dale Ben started playing a Congress guitar at the age of 13 and went on to play cabaret, disco, and punk rock in his first band at the age of 17. After being arrested for long hair, Ben endured 2 days in jail and a bad haircut from the conservative authorities of Malaysia, he came to the United States in 1982 and moved to Oklahoma in 1983.


Mission California. album by Cross Canadian Ragweed on MySpace Music - stream full MP3 songs and albums

CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED

Cross Canadian Ragweed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

CMT : Videos : Cross Canadian Ragweed : 17

Cody Canada - Lonely Girl on Vimeo

CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED BIOGRAPHY


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Cross Canadian Ragweed is an alternative country band of the Red Dirt scene, formed in Yukon, Oklahoma, in 1994, comprising of frontman/guitarist Cody Canada, drummer Randy Ragsdale, rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, and bassist Jeremy Plato. The band's name comes from a combination of all four original members' names: Grady Cross, Cody Canada, Randy Ragsdale and (original bassist) Matt Wiedemann. There is a common misconception that the name is a reference to the Canadian River, which runs through Oklahoma and Texas.

After forming, they moved to the college-town of Stillwater, Oklahoma, where acts like Mike McClure's The Great Divide and singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave had established enough of a local scene to earn Stillwater the nickname "North Austin" (or, depending on your perspective, "West Nashville").

Known as much for their never-ending tours (200+ shows per year) as their vocal support for marijuana (the song "The Boys from Oklahoma" is entirely about marijuana and is also one of the band's most famous songs, despite not being written by them.), the group had already received significant college radio airplay before it released its first album, Highway 377 and Live and Loud at the Wormy Dog, both in 2001, as well as Carney in 2002, with Underground Sounds, before switching to Smith Music Group for Live and Loud at Billy Bob's Texas. The group occasionally tours with Willie Nelson.

With the release of a self-titled album also known as the Purple album due to its cover color, the band moved into the mainstream eye. Their 2004 offering Soul Gravy debuted at #4 on The Billboard charts.

The band frequently plays with up and coming country music star Dierks Bentley and "Texas Country" star Pat Green. In October 2005, the band released their latest album Garage, which featured the single "Fightin' For."

Lead singer Cody Canada has once admitted to be a Proud Pothead.

Dierks Bentley on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads


JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS - COMAL COUNTY BLUE


Jimmy LaFave


Johnny Copper


NO JUSTICE


Randy Crouch's Official Website


Ray Wylie Hubbard on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads


Stoney LaRue :: Home (http://stoneylarue.com/home.php - broken link)

Stoney LaRue :: Music (http://www.stoneylarue.com/music.shtml - broken link)

Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada, and Vince Gill - Solid Gone LIVE Video (http://vodpod.com/watch/145591-stoney-larue-cody-canada-and-vince-gill-solid-gone-live - broken link)

Stoney LaRue and the Arsenals on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads


Wade Bowen | Home


Brandon Jenkins on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads


http://amyhughesandthedirtyseven.fancorps.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3kjGrIKuEk


CU student documentary selected for Southern Winds Film Festival - Cameron University

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http://www.adrive.com/public/f66ed1c...344307d20.html

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http://www.adrive.com/public/97d1a0e...3003e6434.html

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http://www.adrive.com/public/f01e0b4...29d91a826.html

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Old 05-26-2009, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Arkansas
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Here's another good resource:

http://texasreddirtmusic.com/
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Not sure why you think Texas had any part of the development of Red Dirt. The genre was created in Stillwater (more specifically the Farm), and although a bunch of Texans have embraced it, its epicenter is still the red dirt country around Stillwater and north central Oklahoma.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I enjoy it, living in Stillwater there is usually someone playing on the weekends. And yes, the dirt is red, lots of clay I guess.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Arkansas
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Not sure why you think Texas had any part of the development of Red Dirt. The genre was created in Stillwater (more specifically the Farm), and although a bunch of Texans have embraced it, its epicenter is still the red dirt country around Stillwater and north central Oklahoma.
And Wichita Falls & Corsicana. Or, is its development complete and it ready for the dustbin of history? In one of the last three links of my first post, Cody Canada himself describes it as Oklahoma/Texas Music and even includes music from Kansas & Arkansas.
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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What is so special about it? It sounds like Bluegrass to me. I have nothing against Bluegrass music but why pin the gold label on this kind of music as something unique when it's not?
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, OK
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A lot of the Red Dirt Rangers is blue grassy. Red Dirt as a genre encompasses lots of different styles of music but it's easy to tell once you have listened to lots of different red dirt bands. My favorite since I was about 14-Mike McClure.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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And the cross timbers come with all that red dirt country in the Stillwater area. I like all the extra trees as something beautiful even though it cuts down on real distant views to the horizon.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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And the cross timbers come with all that red dirt country in the Stillwater area. I like all the extra trees as something beautiful even though it cuts down on real distant views to the horizon.

What does that have to do with the music??
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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Red Dirt encompasses many different styles. Not quite as urbane as Austin, not as "country" as Nashville.
Mash up some country with some rock n roll attitude and you're there.
Close cousins to outlaw country, alt country, southern rock, Americana and roots music, it's as nebulous and encompassing as the terms "rock n roll" or "country" themselves.
Where it started and by whom doesn't matter much. The fact that it's REAL is the main thing!

EG
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