• Parker Millsap prepares new album 'The Very Last Day,' debuts new single 'Pining'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Just days after John Moreland made his national TV debut on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," another Oklahoma singer-songwriter is making noise nationally. Purcell native Parker Millsap, 22, debuted his gorgeous new single "Pining" today at via Entertainment Weekly. Listen to it here.  As EW.com notes, "Pining" has more of a poppy sound than much of Parker's previous work. “I was just driving down the road and thought, ‘I wonder if I can write a pop song, while driving down a road?’” the singer tells EW.com, offering a laugh alongside his explanation for the track’s origins. “I was listening to a lot of Motown at the time, I’m sure that had something to do

  • Video: Joe Ely returns to Oklahoma with new album 'Panhandle Rambler' for sold-out show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Renowned Texas roadhouse rocker Joe Ely returns to Oklahoma this week with what may be his biggest highlight yet: His first studio release in more than four years, "Panhandle Rambler," is an audio painting of the land Ely calls home. “It’s beautiful and it’s inspiring,” writes acclaimed critic Dave Marsh.  “('Panhandle Rambler') has moved me, every time I’ve heard it, with a certain kind of awe. One reason is that, long before you hear (the final track) ‘You Saved Me,’ he put everything he has into telling the world about a place in the world, and through that, reaching his own emotional center.

  • Extended interview & video: Carter Sampson unleashes 'Wilder Side' with new album, tonight's show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    A version of this story appears in the Friday Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 'Queen of Oklahoma' Carter Sampson reveals her 'Wilder Side' The “Queen of Oklahoma” boasts quite a court of friends and fans who were happy to help her unveil her “Wilder Side.” Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Carter Sampson reunited with Oklahoma musician and producer Travis Linville to create her fourth studio album, while fellow Okies John Moreland, Ali Harter, Ryan Jones, Gabriel Mor and Joe Mack made guest appearances on “Wilder Side.

  • Carter Sampson reveals 'Wilder Side' in fourth studio album

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    The "Queen of Oklahoma" Carter Sampson's fourth studio album "Wilder Side" dropped Tuesday.

  • Carrie Underwood's 'Greatest Hits: Decade #1' certified platinum

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Superstar Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, adds more precious metal to her tally of Recording Industry Association of America certifications with news that her "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" has been certified platinum.  The accomplishment makes Underwood the only country artist – and one of only six all-genre artists – to release an album to platinum success since the release of "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" in December 2014, according to a news release. The 25-song collection spotlights the success of Underwood’s first 10 years of music-making and introduced two new  No.

  • Upcoming 2016 Okie album releases

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    More than 25 new albums are scheduled for release by Oklahoma artists in 2016. Some are done, and some have a long way to go.

  • Video: Tickets on sale Friday to Blue October's upcoming Tulsa show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Dec 30, 2015

    TULSA – Texas rock band Blue October will bring “The Home Tour” to Oklahoma for a June 26 show at the historic Brady Theater, 105 W Brady. Advance tickets to the all-ages show are $24. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at Reasor's and Starship Records in Tulsa, Buy For Less locations in OKC, by phone at (866) 977-6849 and online at www.protix.com. For more information, go to www.bradytheater.com.

  • Kings of Leon planning new album for 2016

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Dec 30, 2015

    Grammy-winning rockers Kings of Leon, who have Oklahoma City and Talihina ties, plan to focus in 2016 on making a new album, the follow-up to 2013's "Mechanical Bull." "We've already started pre-production in our studio for the next record, but the main thing on the calendar for 2016 is getting the record finished. And then the whole press machine kicks up and doing press for the record," drummer Nathan Followill told the Associated Press in a new Q&A. "We enjoy this part of the process. Obviously there's a lot of work that goes into it and it can get stressful at times, but we're all in a good place and we're having fun with it and we're all excited to do something new," added his brother, KOL singer Caleb

  • Hugo couple sing and preach gospel through 'Detours'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Dec 24, 2015

    Mike and Doris Merritt, of Hugo, showcase their musical talents on a new CD "Detours." The couple lead Cowboy Crossings Church and Merritt Cowboy Ministries in Hugo.

  • Video: Maggie McClure & Shane Henry pay tribute to 'Home Alone' with 'Happiest of Holidays' video, from new Christmas EP

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    Husband-and-wife musicians Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, Oklahoma natives based in Los Angeles, pay tribute to "Home Alone" with the music video for their new Christmas song "Happiest of Holidays." The buoyant yuletide tune is the title track from their festive new EP comprised of four original holiday songs and a cover performance of “Baby It’s Cold Outside." The EP is available digitally via iTunes or as a CD/Custom Christmas Ornament package ($20) available at www.maggiemcclure.com. The EP’s five tracks blend Maggie’s clear sweet tone and beautiful piano with Shane’s soulful voice and powerful guitars to deliver a warm and life-affirming Christmas message complete

  • Oklahoma native Brandon Jenkins brings red dirt to home state for tonight's Blue Door show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Oklahoma native Brandon Jenkins brings red dirt to home state for tonight's Blue Door show Brandon Jenkins wasn’t aiming for perfect when he made his new album “Blue Bandana.” He was hoping for something more, and he thinks he got it. “I think that’s what people kind of gravitate towards now. They don’t want it perfect; they want to feel like they’re sitting in that room with you or experiencing it with you,” the Tulsa native said in a phone interview from longtime home base of Austin, Texas. “I guess my fans, that’s what they gravitate towards anyway is

  • Oklahoma native Brandon Jenkins brings red dirt back to home state for Blue Door show

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM  bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    Red dirt singer-songwriter Brandon Jenkins, a Tulsa native, will return to his home state to play a show Friday at the Blue Door, his favorite Oklahoma City venue.

  • Video: Pentatonix releases official video for lovely rendition of 'The First Noel'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    Vocal group Pentatonix, which includes former University of Oklahoma student Kirstin Maldonado, has released the music video for its lovely a capella version of "The First Noel." The the classic Christmas carol is featured on the new deluxe edition of the group's holiday album "That's Christmas to Me." Originally released in 2014, "That's Christmas to Me" is the No. 1 holiday album for the second consecutive year, surpassing 1.5 million albums sold, according to a news release. Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, platinum-selling recording group Pentatonix has sold more than 2.6 million albums in the U.S. alone, won a Grammy Award, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.2 billion views on their

  • Okie albums we loved in 2015

    Compiled by Nathan Poppe, Matt Carney and Becky Carman | Updated: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Entertainment Writer Nathan Poppe and contributors Becky Carman and Matt Carney share their favorite albums of 2015 from Oklahoma artists.

  • Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley cancels solo tour dates, including tonight's Oklahoma City show

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    Just days after receiving a Grammy nomination for the first song from his upcoming solo project, Lady Antebellum singer-songwriter Charles Kelley has canceled the remaining dates of his 2015 solo tour, including tonight's Oklahoma City show. As previously reported, Kelley announced in October the dates for his "The Driver" solo tour, including a show tonight at the Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S Eastern Ave. "The Driver" tour was to kick off Nov. 28 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, and run through Dec. 19 at House of Blues in New Orleans, La. It was to resume Jan. 7 at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisc. But the tour page at www.charleskelley.com has been modified to reflect just one 2015 date, Dec. 7 in

  • Carrie Underwood's 'Storyteller' goes gold, returns to No. 1 on charts

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    It's been a red-letter Monday for Checotah native Carrie Underwood. As previously reported, Underwood, already a seven-time Grammy winner, was nominated today for a Grammy Award for  best country solo performance for her hit "Little Toy Guns," from her 2014 compilation "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." The song is the the 21st of her 22 No. 1 singles. The Grammy news comes as Underwood’s new album, "Storyteller," achieves Recording Industry Association of America gold certification and also returns to No. 1 this week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart, according to a news release.

  • The Oklahoman's Top 10 albums of the year

    Compiled by Nathan Poppe, Matt Carney, Beau Blackstock and Kellen McGugan | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Nathan Poppe invited Matt Carney's of KOSU's "Sample Size" and Beau Blackstock and Kellen McGugan's of The Spy FM's "You're Welcome" radio shows to help compile a list of the top 10 albums of 2015.

  • Oklahoma religion briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    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.