Oklahoma songstress takes on accidents and new music direction

Sherree Chamberlain Band to perform tonight at Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater. Chamberlain is an Oklahoma State University alumna.
BY NATHAN POPPE Published: September 17, 2010
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It's frightening how quickly breakfast can turn into bedlam.

On a rainy morning in early July, Oklahoma City-based songwriter Sherree Chamberlain was driving near the Paseo Arts District.

The Oklahoma State University alumna had a full day planned: breakfast with a friend, a paid gig in downtown Oklahoma City with Stillwater rockers Taddy Porter and The Flatland Travelers, then dinner with her soon-to-be manager.

As she was driving, a car slammed into her car and knocked her head against the window. Her car was totaled, and she was stuck in the rain with a car full of instruments.

When Chamberlain snapped back to reality, she said she didn't want a doctor. She wanted pizza.

Her bandmates, Eric Kiner, Jonathon Mooney and Joey Morris, heard what happened and tracked her down.

"I was like, 'Are we going to play or not?'" Kiner said in a phone interview.

Chamberlain said she knew the ball was rolling. Her band was getting paid for playing. She needed to start saving cash for a new car.

"It made sense to play," she said in a telephone interview.

After Chamberlain made a trip to an emergency room and got an OK from a doctor, her parents drove her to the Wormy Dog Saloon.

As neon signs buzzed and beer bottles clinked, the Sherree Chamberlain Band flew through a set of several songs in front of about 300 listeners.

"Sherree's insane," Morris said with a laugh over the telephone. "When she got that mild concussion, I couldn't really tell the difference. She's crazy anyway.... It was the perfect show. We didn't have time for rehearsal, and we played like we had rehearsed for hours."

Fast forward through the summer to this past Sunday.

The rainy afternoon and the allure of bed sheets delayed Chamberlain from an interview, but she quickly apologized for her tardiness and began detailing her active morning.

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Sherree Chamberlain Band

• With: OK Sweetheart, Fiawna Forte.

• When: 9 tonight.

• Where: Eskimo Joe's, 501 W Elm Ave., Stillwater.

• Information: www.sherreechamberlain.com.

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