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Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours to launch first Medicine Stone music festival Sept. 12-14 in Tahlequah

by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 11, 2013
Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Turnpike Troubadours
Turnpike Troubadours

Nestled on the banks of the majestic Illinois River termed “the Medicine Stone River” by the Osage Indians, the Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah will play host to the inaugural music event named Medicine Stone.

The brainchild of acclaimed Oklahoma recording artists Jason Boland & The Stragglers and the Turnpike Troubadours, Medicine Stone intends to serve as the premier outdoor music event in the four-state area. It will include music, food, camping, canoeing, rafting and floating, all in one of the most beautiful spots in America. The three-day Okie style event that is sure to make the list of primary attractions on the Illinois River.

Kicking off Sept. 12-14, the first festival’s nearly all Oklahoma music line-up includes Jason Boland & The Stragglers, the Turnpike Troubadours, Todd Snider, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada & The Departed, Grammy-nominated John Fullbright, the Red Dirt Rangers, Randy Crouch and Jason Eady, according to a news release.

Packages vary from single to three-day packages with several camping options including on site hotel, bunk houses and camp sites on the river. Tickets go on sale July 1st and can be purchased at or email

Jason Boland and The Stragglers, circa 1998, has become one of the most successful artists in the red dirt/Texas country music scene. Oklahoma born and bred, Boland has released eight acclaimed albums including the latest release, “Dark & Dirty Mile,” which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, the Harrah native has been praised as one of the most poignant writers of his generation. Amassing an arsenal of hit singles over the last decade on the Texas Music Chart and an army of fans nationwide, only an artist like Boland who has clocked tens of thousands of miles on the touring circuit can orchestrate a quality music-based retreat that can stand toe-to-toe with some of the biggest festivals in the Midwest.

“This is something Oklahomans have long been waiting for. We have had the honor of playing the Larry Joe Taylor music festival over the years and we wanted to create a similar atmosphere for the music fans closer to home. The people in this region don’t ever get this kind of event and the Diamond Head Resort the perfect place for what we have in mind,” Boland said in the release.

Longtime friend and Oklahoma native Evan Felker fronts the Turnpike Troubadours, a band of country rock prodigies that snagged a national spotlight with their 2012 release “Goodbye Normal Street.” Celebrated for its lyrical style that boasts genuine story telling wrapped in deep emotion, the record hit No. 57 on the Billboard 200 chart and was cited as “the most unjustly overlooked Americana album of 2012” by the Washington Post. Felker agrees that this has been a long time coming and is proud to leave their mark on their native soil.

“This has been in the back of our minds for a long time. We are excited to create this event for our friends in Tahlequah and have the chance to stay home and see all our friends. This part of the river, it’s the most beautiful land in Oklahoma,” Felker said in the release.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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