NORMAN - Hear the art-pop/jazz of Allie Lauren, the music project of Oklahoma City musician Lauren Nicole Clare, for free at 9 tonight at the Brick Bar, 311 E Main.
In a December interview, Clare told me about her work cultivating a distinctively expressive sound that snaps into a sweet spot where her family roots, personal experiences and place of origin converge. And she also played a beautiful song for my colleagues and me.
“Growing up in Oklahoma, it’s been a lot of fun. I feel like we’re kind of the underdog state. I have a lot of family on both of the coasts, and whenever I would go visit, people were always like, ‘Oklahoma, where’s that?’ or ‘you don’t sound like you should be from Oklahoma’ and ‘do you guys still live in teepees?’ and the whole nine yards. I feel like now that, you know, we have a (professional) basketball team and all this, people are finally like, ‘Oh, I know where Oklahoma is, cool,’” Clare said in an interview this week at the OPUBCO studios.
“It’s really fun kind of being from a state that is sort of an underdog state because I’ve always kind of felt like an underdog myself. Then, at the same time, I feel like I kind of have a sound that you wouldn’t expect to come out of Oklahoma. So that’s kind of fun for me; I kind of like being that random puzzle piece.”
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