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Roy Clark to headline Drumright's Summer OilPatch Festival today

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 4, 2013

DRUMRIGHT – Legendary Oklahoma entertainer Roy Clark is scheduled to be the musical headliner at the Summer OilPatch Festival today at the Sellers Ranch in Drumright, Oklahoma, on Thursday, July 4, 2013. .

Gates open at 11 a.m., and music begins at 11:30. Admission is free to the public and lawn chairs are welcome. The Summer OilPatch Festival is co-sponsored by Keystone Gas Corporation, Pacer Energy Marketing, Nichols Brothers and Boulder Creek Guitars, according to a news release.

The family-friendly annual day-long concert and lifestyle event will also feature a lineup of popular national and regional recording artists including country band LiveWire, country/Americana singer/songwriter Shawna Russell, red dirt music acts the Red Dirt Rangers, Bo Phillips, Rick Reiley and the Tuesday Night Music Club, and others.

In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that caused enormous damage across Oklahoma in May, the American Red Cross will be onsite at the entry gate accepting blood and monetary donations to benefit storm victims. The organization will also receive proceeds from various fundraising activities held throughout the day including an auction of two acoustic Boulder Creek Guitars signed by Clark and the other performers.

The Summer OilPatch Festival is billed as one of Oklahoma’s largest and most diverse Independence Day events. Past musical headliners have included Country star Kix Brooks (formerly of Brooks & Dunn), pop/country icon B.J. Thomas, classic rockers Head East and award-winning Country vocal band, Ricochet. In addition to the music, the unique entertainment experience includes a special children’s fair area, classic cars and motorcycles and a variety of entertainers including clowns, stilt walkers, skydivers and jugglers, plus helicopter landings and a huge fireworks display. A wide variety of food is also featured. Last year’s star performer Brooks raved about the food offered at the concert in a post-event story in Billboard magazine when he stated: “Can you imagine? They had cookers everywhere you looked, and it was as good of a brisket as I think I’ve ever eaten in my whole life.”

This year, Roy Clark will bring his trademark smile, easygoing vocal style, guitar wizardry, multi-instrumental abilities and comedic talents to the OilPatch stage. A resident of nearby Tulsa,  the Country Music Hall of Famer recently celebrated his 80h tbirthday. Since the beginning of his prolific career, the beloved entertainer and co-star of the long-running television show “Hee Haw” has amassed seven Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Alabama Jubilee.” Clark also pioneered the transformation of Branson, Mo., into a world-renowned live country music hot spot.

In addition, Clark is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has shared the stage with legends such as Hank Williams and Grandpa Jones. In 2009, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Charting eight Top 10 hits and 23 Top 40′s, Clark has claimed his own country music legacy with songs including “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” “I Never Picked Cotton,” and “Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone.” Clark has endeared himself to generations – and attendees can expect a show that will appeal to fans of all ages.

The Summer OilPatch Festival also provides a platform for home grown recording artists and performers. Okemah singer/songwriter Shawna Russell, who has released two critically acclaimed albums and multiple hit radio singles to her credit, returns for her sixth consecutive event. Country band LiveWire will make its third festival appearance on the heels of the release of its debut album “Livin,’” which has won the Joplin, Mo., sextet rave reviews from all corners of the music world.

The Red Dirt Rangers from Payne County will grace the OilPatch stage for a second time. Since forming in the late-80′s, the group has pioneered a growing musical genre called Red Dirt and recently released the album “Lone Chimney,” co-produced by Steve Ripley of The Tractors and Tulsa’s Church Studio fame.

Longtime festival favorite Bo Phillips will return. Also a member of the vibrant Stillwater Red Dirt music scene, Phillips recently placed his single “Red Dirt Girl” at #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report. Rick Reiley, a popular singer/songwriter from nearby Cushing, will bring his Tuesday Night Music Club to open the main stage – and he will also host a tent stage to showcase other local Oklahoma talents throughout the day.

Sellers Ranch is 2 miles north of the Highway 33/16/99 Junction on Highway 99, then left on 101st for ¼ mile. Festivalgoers should follow the signs.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/DrumrightOilpatchFestival.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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