George Lang: OKC music scene is growing, providing more forums for homegrown performers

Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang chatted with readers Thursday about local bands and Grammy nominations.
BY GEORGE LANG Modified: January 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014
Oklahoma-City based singer/songwriter Sherree Chamberlain performing inside of The Opolis at Norman Music Festival on Saturday afternoon. Chamberlain is putting the finishing touches on a sophomore album.
Oklahoma-City based singer/songwriter Sherree Chamberlain performing inside of The Opolis at Norman Music Festival on Saturday afternoon. Chamberlain is putting the finishing touches on a sophomore album.

Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang chatted with readers Thursday about local bands and Grammy nominations. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

NewsOK 12:17 p.m. Hey everyone. George Lang will be logging in at 1 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now about the Grammys, local bands, etc.
George Lang 1:01 p.m. Alright everyone -- it's Grammy weekend, so let's talk a little about what's coming up on the broadcast this Sunday on CBS.
Jessica 1:01 p.m. What are you most excited about with the Grammys?
George Lang 1:04 p.m. Jessica, the performances are kind of insane this year. The scheduled finale features Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham (!). That last part sounds odd, but Buckingham, the guitarist from Fleetwood Mac, played on a track from NIN's latest album, and Grohl knows him from the Sound City documentary he directed, so it should be kind of extraordinary.
George Lang 1:06 p.m. The other huge deal for this Grammy broadcast is the Daft Punk performance with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, the founding member of Chic. I'll be interested to see how they blow it out live -- Daft Punk always constructs a fascinating stage show, and I loved "Random Access Memories," so I'm excited.
Lindsay 1:06 p.m. Any OK artists nominated?
George Lang 1:08 p.m. The Oklahoma Grammy roster is pretty deep this year. Kings of Leon, Vince Gill, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert and Charlie Wilson (ex-GAP Band) are all up for awards.
George Lang 1:12 p.m. And then there are a lot of recordings that involve Oklahoma artists, including a remix of OneRepublic that is up for an award -- OneRepublic features Oklahoman Ryan Tedder, who has had tons of success writing hits for other artists. The most recent Alice in Chains album is up for an engineering award also, and AIC features Oklahoman Jerry Cantrell.
KT 1:12 p.m. Who got snubbed this year?
George Lang 1:14 p.m. I'm not always sure of snubbings, but some nominations are just baffling. Kendrick Lamar is up for Best New Artist, as is James Blake, and they're both on their second albums. I'd like to see Haim up there, but I think "Days Are Gone" was released too late in the year for consideration.
George Lang 1:18 p.m. What bothers me is when a band like Vampire Weekend gets nominated for Best Alternative Music Album when it topped several Best-Of lists, including mine. To me, this is like giving Quentin Tarantino the screenplay Oscar when he deserves Best Director or Best Picture. It's a lovely parting gift, a "get off my lawn" award for the upstarts.
Lindsay 1:18 p.m. I love Haim!
George Lang 1:18 p.m. Me too, Lindsay -- saw them at Gentlemen of the Road and was knocked out. Looking forward to their Cain's Ballroom date this spring.
Nicole 1:18 p.m. I just started following Beau Jennings on twitter. Anyone know anything about this Okie singer/song writer?
George Lang 1:21 p.m. Beau is great -- he was in a band called Cheyenne, which recently released a long-awaited final album, and he's consistently great as a solo artist and bandleader. The Cheyenne album is called Kings County, and he has an excellent recent EP with Beau Jennings and the Tigers called Sweet Action.
Thex78 1:21 p.m. Why is there a lack of a local music scene compared to other cities such as Austin Tx?
George Lang 1:24 p.m. Well, it's a losing battle -- for now -- for any city to compare itself directly to Austin except in an aspirational way. There are only a few that are as music-centric -- Portland Oregon, Nashville, Brooklyn and the like. But go to Norman Music Festival in March and check out the live local music. You'll hear an extraordinary range of great artists, all local.
Nicole 1:25 p.m. Because that is what Asutin is known for. They have SWSW and ACL. We do not have big events like that. Their official motto is, "Live Music Capital of the World" and then also..., "Keep Auston Weird".
George Lang 1:27 p.m. Right, Nicole. But we're growing, and organizations such as ACM@UCO, along with Norman Music Festival and events such as the H & 8th Night Market are bringing people out to see free live music and giving a great forum for our talented homegrown performers.
George Lang 1:27 p.m. Thanks to all of you for your great questions and comments. Come back next week and we'll talk again!


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