Stillwater-based red dirt/blues rockers Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition have released a black-and-white performance video of them playing their rendition of “Dance with the Gypsies,” featuring red dirt music veterans Randy Crouch on violin and John Cooper of the Red Dirt Rangers on mandolin.
Although his blues-rock band doesn’t make a typical red dirt sound, frontman Chad Sullins, 34, isn’t shy about communicating his love for the robust, close-knit music scene. His band’s 2012 album “Incommunicado” even closes with a cover of “Dance with the Gypsies,” the late, great Bob Childers’ signature song, and Sullins’ original companion piece “Oklahoma Moon,” which he penned after attending a memorial jam at the former home of the red dirt legend.
“When Bob passed away (in 2008), that first weekend everybody got together at The Farm, and I got invited to go … and I didn’t even play that night ‘cause I was just so in awe of everything that was going on. I was just standing over back in the corner watching,” he told me in a summer interview shortly after the album’s release. “There was a big circle around the fire and everybody was playing and drinking and having a good time and playing Bob songs. … With this scene, we’re all like a big brotherhood.”
The video is by Tony Thompson of Tony’s Design Productions.
Cooper is playing his Third Thursday Concert Series tonight at Cushing Country Club; this month’s song swap is sold out, which is not surprising since recent Grammy nominee John Fullbright his Coop’s guest this month. For more information, click here.
Sullins and Co. will play an “End of the World Birthday Bash” with their pal Brandon Clark at 10 p.m. Friday at Tulsa’s Mercury Lounge. For more information, go to www.mercurylounge918.com.