Whiskey Myers + BC & The Big Rig

Tulsa, OK (September 6, 2018)The iconic Cain’s Ballroom neon sign flashed beneath gloomy skies on Thursday evening and welcomed in fans for a sold-out show with opening band, BC & The Big Rig and Whiskey Myers as the headliner.  Sold-out shows at Cain’s often mean long beer lines, slammed merchandise tables and room to barely maneuver through the crowd, but that didn’t stop those in attendance from enjoying a stellar lineup of music from both bands.

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This wasn’t the first time BC & The Big Rig, a Tulsa-based band, has opened for a well-known act. They’ve also shared the stage with the Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Taddy Porter. Self-described as an Americana rock band,  BC & The Big Rig is made up of Brandon Clark (BC) on lead vocals and guitar, Ryan McCall on lead guitar and vocals, Sam Naifeh on guitar and vocals, Chris Bell on bass guitar and vocals and James Purdy on drums and vocals.  It’s not everyday that I’m as impressed by an opening band as I was BC & The Big Rig, but I was sold as soon as I heard their cover of “Ain’t Livin Long Like This”.  Other songs in the set were, “100 Miles to Memphis”, “Get on With the Show”, “Step”, “Pennies” and a surprising cover of “Land Down Under”. Yes, you read that right, the cover of the 80’s hit by Men At Work. It’s not even on my list of favorite songs from the 80’s, but somehow BC & The Big Rig, took it, made it their own and rocked it.

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The headliners for the evening, Whiskey Myers, took the Cain’s stage and came out swinging with the song, “Deep Down in the South” off their most recent album, Mud.  You may be familiar with Whiskey Myers from the television series, Yellowstone.  Not only does the group appear in an episode, but several of their songs have been featured in the soundtrack.  Whiskey Myers did a fantastic job in curating a great setlist for their fans including a nice mix from both current and past albums.  “Early Morning Shakes”  was followed by a crowd sing-a-long to a heartbreaking song about addiction, “Broken Window Serenade”. Whiskey Myers has their share of rock inspired, beat heavy songs like “Headstone”, but they can follow it with a slow ballad like “Virigina” and make each song shine. The band is made up of members, Cody Cannon on lead vocals and guitar, Cody Tate on lead guitar and vocals,  John Jeffers on rhythm and lead guitar, Jamey Gleaves on bass, Tony Kent with cowbell and percussion and Jeff Hogg on drums.  Although the entire band is great to watch, clearly very talented and full of energy, it’s Tony Kent that steals the show with his intensity. If you’ve never seen him play the cowbell on stage, you’re missing out. Run, don’t walk to the nearest Whiskey Myers show and experience this band for yourself.

If you’re on the East coast or South, you’re in luck, because Whiskey Myers is primarily touring in those areas through the end of the year. You can find their remaining tour dates here.

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Randy Rogers Band + Jake Flint

Tulsa, Oklahoma (August 17, 2018)–  On a muggy, Friday night in August, country music fans filed into historic Cain’s Ballroom  and filled it to the brim for a sold-out show featuring opener Jake Flint and headliner Randy Rogers Band.

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Local Red Dirt musician, Jake Flint, opened the evening and quickly warmed up the crowd with a rocking mixture of original songs and well-done covers. With his stage presence and professional yet approachable demeanor, it’s obvious Flint has the makings of a headliner and won’t be opening shows for long. Flint, a native of Oklahoma, recently released his second single, “Long Road Back Home”in July, which was co-produced by Red Dirt royalty, Mike McClure.  Along with “Long Road Back Home”, Flint’s set included, “I Wonder Why I Wander”, “The Fly Song” and “Drownin”, all  songs off his album, I’m Not OK. The few covers in the set included Hank Williams (both Jr. and Sr.) Flint got the crowd singing along to “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Whiskey Bent and Hellbound”. Taking the tempo down a bit, Flint dedicated Leonard Cohen’s, “Hallelujah”, to Tom Skinner and Brandon Jenkins, local musicians who had passed away in recent years.  Ending his set on a high note, Flint led the crowd in his rowdy take on, “Folsom Prison Blues”.

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Randy Rogers Band– © Splice Magazine – Melissa Payne Please do not alter images.

After a brief intermission and a restless crowd that began stomping, singing and chanting for the headliner, the Texas based, Randy Rogers Band brought their blend of country music to the sold-out crowd.  With a vast music library of ten albums, including their latest album, Nothing Shines Like Neon, the band had plenty of material to draw from and the setlist included many past hits like “Goodbye Lonely”, “One More Goodbye” and “10 Miles Deep”. The band has been together since 2002 and includes members Randy Rogers (lead vocals and guitar), Brady Black (fiddle), Les Lawless (drums), Todd Stewart (utility player), Geoffrey Hill (guitar) and Johnny Richardson (bass guitar).  Even though at the time I didn’t know the band had been playing together for almost two decades, their seamless transitions, dynamic playing and easy crowd interaction was a testament to their experience.  Tonight’s performance at Cain’s was just one in a string of many for the band and Rogers at one point told the crowd that he “loved playing at Cain’s because it was like coming home”.  Although the Cain’s was sold-out and space was hard to come by, it didn’t stop those in attendance from grabbing friends and significant others for a quick two-step to their favorite songs.

Fans of the band or those just wanting to see them for the first time should check out tour dates here. Those on the East Coast, Midwest or South can catch Randy Rogers Band on tour throughout the fall.

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