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    Oklahoma religion news and notes

  • Head in the 'Clouds': Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne celebrates Miley Cyrus' birthday and revisits critical 1995 favorite 'Clouds Taste Metallic'

    By Gene Triplett For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Wayne Coyne was sitting in the guest house of the Cyrus family’s Nashville home doing phone interviews to promote Friday’s release of “Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997.”

  • Vince Gill releasing new album 'Down to My Last Bad Habit' in February

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Grammy Award-winning MCA Nashville country star Vince Gill, who was born in Norman and grew up in Oklahoma City, has revealed via NPR his new album "Down To My Last Bad Habit" is set for release on Feb. 12. As part of today's announcement, NPR has an exclusive first-listen of Gill’s lead single, “Take Me Down” featuring Little Big Town (available HERE).  Gill wrote/co-wrote, co-produced and is a featured musician on all 12 songs on "Down To My Last Bad Habit." “Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” Gill said in a news release. “At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before.

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Pentatonix 'Joy to the World' official video

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Pop super group Pentatonix released today the music video for “Joy To The World” courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.  As previously reported, the track comes off the group’s deluxe edition of the vocal group's platinum-selling holiday album "That’s Christmas To Me," which includes four other new tracks: "That’s Christmas To Me" is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday Album chart with more than 20,000 units sold and doubling the No. 2 position, according to a news release.  Additionally the group has the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on both the iTunes and Amazon’s holiday charts with "That’s Christmas To Me" and "PTXMas" respectively.

  • Interview & video: Norman guitarist Terry 'Buffalo' Ware keeps rocking with release of new album 'Everybody's Got One'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Norman guitarist Terry 'Buffalo' Ware keeps rocking Terry Ware has forged a long, respected music career, even if his first piano teacher fired him. “She called my mom up and told my mom, ‘I don’t think I can teach your son. He keeps making stuff up and not playing his lesson,’” he said with a grin. “I started on the piano when I was 9. We had a piano, and I started taking lessons and I really liked it.” But the musician who would later be known as Buffalo became a guitar player when a certain British quartet invaded “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964.

  • Norman guitarist Terry 'Buffalo' Ware keeps rocking

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Guitarist Terry "Buffalo" Ware, 65, one of Oklahoma's most respected sidemen, is stepping into the spotlight Sunday, when he and Gregg Standridge will celebrate their new collaborative album “Everybody’s Got One” with a release show at the Blue Door in Oklahoma City.

  • Limber Limbs flexes fresh sound, new album

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Oklahoma rock band Limber Limbs is done stretching and ready to flex its new material.

  • Rockabilly revisited: Family and a familiar ’50s rock sound influence Tulsan Fiawna Forte's new album

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Fiawna Forte's fourth full-length release, "Deciduous," gets celebrated Saturday at Tulsa's American Theatre Company.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

  • Carrie Underwood makes history with chart-topping 'Storyteller' debut

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    Seven-time Grammy-winning superstar Carrie Underwood , who hails from Checotah, writes a new page in history books as her latest album "Storyteller" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart. The Oklahoma native becomes the only artist in the 51-year history of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart to have each of her first six albums debut at No. 1, according to a news release. "Storyteller" sold 177,000 equivalent album units (traditional album sales, track equivalent sales and streaming equivalent albums combined), with pure sales in excess of 164,000, according to Nielsen Music.

  • Video: Maddie & Tae score most-added status with fun song 'Shut Up and Fish'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie & Tae is getting back to the fun, freewheeling girl commentary that shot them to fame with "Girl in a Country Song" as the pair drops “Shut Up And Fish” on country radio – and see their third single landing as the week’s most added. The fun groove chronicles their misadventures at the fishing hole with a couple city boys who thought they could bait and switch to more romantic things never counted on Sugarland, Texas, native Maddie Marlow and Ada native Tae Dye to take their fishing so seriously . In an August interview, the duo told me that the feisty ditty is loosely based on a real-life incident that took place in Dye’s home state of Oklahoma.

  • Video: Greyson Chance releases new single 'Afterlife' from upcoming EP 'Somewhere Over My Head'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Singer-songwriter Greyson Chance, who hails from Edmond,  will be releasing a new EP in early 2016 titled "Somewhere Over My Head." The debut single, “Afterlife," which is available now on iTunes, showcases the 18-year-old musician’s R&B, funk, and jazz influences and has him reaching impressive vocal heights. The one-time 13-year-old YouTube sensation now has a nice bluesy baritone but still hits soaring high notes. His sophomore album, billed in a news release as "reminiscent of Justin Timberlake’s '20/20 Experience' combined with iconic sounds of Sam Sparro," will reveal how his style has evolved into soulful pop with a modern twist.

  • Listen: School of Seven Bells to release final album, 'SVIIB,' in February

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    School of Seven Bells has announced that the band’s fourth and final studio album, titled "SVIIB," will be released in February via Vagrant Records in the United States and Full Time Hobby in Europe. The album will come out about two years after School of Seven Bells musician Benjamin Curtis, who hailed from Lawton, died after a yearlong battle with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. He was 35 when he passed away on Dec. 29, 2013. In a note to fans, Alejandra Deheza, the other half of the dream-pop duo, explains the story behind the record and shares a snippet of new music. Find both the letter and music below: Friends, Benjamin and I wrote this record during a tour break in the summer of 2012.

  • Pentatonix releases expanded deluxe edition of holiday album 'That's Christmas to Me'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    With their debut studio album standing at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, Grammy Award winners Pentatonix release today an expanded deluxe edition of their platinum-selling holiday album, "That’s Christmas To Me." As previously reported, the deluxe edition of the album features all 11 tracks from "That’s Christmas To Me" as well as 4 new tracks from the group and a special new recording of last year’s standout hit, “Mary, Did You Know?” featuring The String Mob. There will also be a digital EP which will just feature the five newly recorded tracks, according to a news release. Their holiday album - "That’s Christmas To Me" - sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U. S.,

  • Video: Stoney LaRue covers Van Morrison's 'Into the Mystic' for new album 'Us Time'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    Oklahoma red dirt music star Stoney LaRue has released a music video for his excellent cover of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic." The track is from LaRue's new album "Us Time," which he released last week on eOne Music. With “Us Time,” LaRue told me in a recent interview that he with the album he's giving back to his faithful fans, whom he invited via social media to submit suggestions for songs they wanted to hear on a new album.

  • Red Dirt Rangers to record first live album at the Blue Door

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    Red Dirt Rangers is breaking ground with work on live record.

  • Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton double down

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM Features Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 22, 2015

    ‘Storyteller’ Carrie Underwood, ‘Reloaded’ Blake Shelton release new albums

  • Hard-touring and refocused Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue sends one out to the fans with new album 'Us Time'

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    Hard-touring Oklahoma City singer-songwriter and red dirt music standout Stoney LaRue gave his loyal followers the chance to pick the songs on “Us Time,” a new album of his concert standards, never-before-recorded originals and classic covers, due out Friday.

  • Tulsa's Paul Benjaman lacing up for 'Sneaker' album release

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    The Paul Benjaman Band's upcoming LP “Sneaker” album sits near the htop of the Tulsa New Sound class.

  • Manic party punk matures, 'Too'

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper talks sober songwriting, stage frights and Skating Polly. The band will play its first Oklahoma concert Tuesday at the 89th Street Collective.