The newest issue of Oklahoma Today is officially on newsstands today. This issue is a special Oklahoma country music collector’s edition, with six different covers available.
“With our state’s incredible history and talent in every conceivable facet of country music, even we are a little surprised it took us fifty-five years to produce this issue. It includes a state-of-the-genre feature written by Holly Bailey, senior political reporter for Yahoo! News; a discography by Ryan LaCroix; and a history piece on Roger Miller by Randy Krehbiel. Thanks to a suggestion from our publisher, Joan Henderson, we made the decision to publish six covers.” - Steffie Corcoran, editor in chief of Oklahoma Today
The issue features a wealth of Oklahoma country history, covering bands, venues, albums, fans, food, fashion and more. Here’s some quick hits on this issue’s features:
Something in the Water – Oklahoma’s country music landscape–which predates the Dust Bowl and continues to unfold–is as varied as the land that nurtured it.
Roger and Out – The life and times of Roger Miller, who do-wacka-did life on his own terms and in his own inimitable style.
Stand by Your Fans – If a country musician sings a song and no one hears it, does it make a sound? This crowd-pleasing portfolio shows the importance of the listener to the message.
Team Blake – With a number-one album, a countrified princess bride, a ranch near Tishomingo, and a star turn on The Voice, Ada native Blake Shelton’s career is off the charts.
Flash Back – As all good alumni know, the best lessons are often learned outside the classroom–in this case, at Willies Saloon in Stillwater.
Pure Country – Fifty essential country recordings from singing cowboys to the Grand Lady of the Grand Ole Opry to Thompson Square.
Hit the Road – Scoot a boot at Stillwater favorite the Tumbleweed; settle into luxury country at Rawhide Ranch Company in Oklahoma City; cowboy cuisine goes high end at Tulsa’s Go West; Deanna Bright of Murphy’s in Bartlesville gets to the meat of the matter; and a tour of Stockyards City in Oklahoma City.
Okies – What makes the Turnpike Troubadours tick; a behind-the-scenes tour diary; country musicians give back for the greater good; Nashville insiders Tim DuBois and Scott Hendricks share their musical wisdom; and Roy Clark picks his favorite guitars.
Culture – A lesson on Hee Haw at the Oklahoma History Center; local music venues live on; a quiz to test your country-lovin’ skills; the country music melting pot; and Andy Whitcomb loves the songs that make him smile.
The Rock-and-Roll issue of Oklahoma Today is currently available on newsstands throughout the state and can be purchased via phone at 800.777.1793 or online at oklahomatoday.com.
After the jump, see all six covers and read the full press release announcing the issue.