As we wrap up the Thanksgiving holiday, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude for the Oklahoma musicians who have opted to stay right here and the Sooner State and make great music. We are truly fortunate in this state to have such a robust, multifaceted music scene, and as someone who gets to cover it on a daily basis, I have to say it’s a blessing for which I am quite thankful.
In honor of this occasion, I’m showcasing a few of the great music videos some of these local musicians have released this fall.
First, though, if you haven’t taken the time to check out my excellent colleague George Lang’s special Static Thanksgiving episode spotlighting sublime violinist Kyle Dillingham’s “Broken Beyond Repair” show, in which he uses broken violins to make beautiful music and draws a parallel between appreciating the own brokenness in our lives.
Shot by NewsOK’s Kyle Roberts, the video of the super-nice Dillingham making music with these damaged violins is absolutely stunning. But you should definitely take time to read George’s feature on the fiddler by clicking here.
Oklahoma City’s Graham Colton has completely reworked his sound for his upcoming album “Lonely Ones,” due out in January, and recently released the video to the first single, “Born to Raise Hell,” about serial killer Richard Speck.
Colton’s new video reminds me that musicians aren’t the only amazing creatives we’re blessed with here in Oklahoma: His “Born to Raise Hell” video was directed by the excellent Oklahoma-based music video team of LAMAR+NIK, who also conceived and shot recent videos by Pixies (“Indie Cindy” and “Bagboy“), Samantha Crain (“Never Going Back“).
Even better, LAMAR+NIK – Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper – recently announced on Facebook that they have signed to Agile Films in London and will be represented by OBmanagement for music videos in the U.K., with U.S. representation by Reprobates. Earlier this autumn, LAMAR+NIK won the Best Urban Video Budget award at the UK Music Video Awards for Lushlife’s “Magnolia.”
Weatherford-based cowpunk outfit Green Corn Revival released its sophomore album, “Bound for Glory,” in November, and with it, the video for “Hard Timin’ Monopolizin’ Blues”:
Chrome Pony’s Steven Battles embarked this autumn on a new collaboration with Christina Fallin, daughter of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, in a new project dubbed Pink Pony. To read George Lang’s feature on the new project, click here, and check out “Fated to Like That”:
Tulsa/Norman punk-rockers Broncho released this autumn a video to “Record Store,” a raucous track off their 2011 self-released debut album “Can’t Get Past the Lips,” which ranked No. 5 on my all-Oklahoma list of the top 10 albums of that year. Fairfax Recordings gave the album a national re-release this year:
The Deer Creek High Schoolers who make up At Long Last released their new EP “One More Year” earlier this fall, and it came with a lyric video for the title track:
Keep making music and videos, good Okies, and know that you and your efforts are appreciated.