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Outlook 2013: Oklahoma musicians go South by Southwest

BY GEORGE LANG Published: April 28, 2013
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The next two days were completely jam-packed. From noon to 5 p.m. March 14, the “Sax, Clogs & Rock-N-Roll” set featured the Damn Quails, Scales of Motion, the Panda Resistance, BrotherBear, Feathered Rabbit, S/Awesome, and Denver Duncan with Jabee. ACM@UCO took over the stage for its 8 p.m. showcase with Defining Times, The Boom Bang, The Non, Horse Thief, Broncho and Stardeath & White Dwarfs.

ACM@UCO maintained control from noon to 5 p.m. March 15 for its Music Day, featuring Painted Wolfe, Fos, Day One, Brianna Gaither, Gum, paperscissor, The Rockettops and Of the Tower.

The Buffalo Lounge festivities ended beautifully from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with the Oklahoma Showcase, featuring Green Corn Revival, Junebug Spade, Fiawna Forte, Jacob Abello, JD McPherson and OK Sweetheart.

Other than the British Music Embassy and a venue devoted to Canada, the Buffalo Lounge is the only SXSW stage devoted specifically to artists from a particular geographic place. So when people pass Friends, everything they hear wafting from the stage just inside the door comes from Oklahoma musicians.

It’s an amazing experience, one that only emphasizes the extraordinary depth of talent that resides in our state, and the bands love playing the stage.

“I’m from Oklahoma, a trailer park kid who learned to drive a tractor before I learned how to drive a truck,” said Jake Morisse, lead singer of Black Canyon. “It means a lot to come to this place where a lot of the people coming in are not flashing Oklahoma IDs. They’re coming to see Oklahoma bands. And that’s really rad, you know?”