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The Tallest Man on Earth Announces Tour, New Project and April 27 Show in Bricktown

Swedish folk singer and songwriter Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, performs 7 p.m. April 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. Tickets are $25, and go on sale 10 a.m. Central Time Oct. 26 at eventbrite.com.

The event is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Matsson is often compared to Bob Dylan, both in ability and vocal style, and admits that he’s long been inspired by American folk artists like Dylan, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. That said, he’s no folk traditionalist. The classically trained guitarist, inspired by English guitarist and singer-songwriter Nick Drake, has developed an intricate playing style using various open tunings.

His 2019 tour comes on the heels of three months of touring — both overseas and stateside — selling out nearly three-fourths of his dates on a trek spanning from Germany to the Netherlands and Massachusetts to California.

His most recent project is the five-part series “When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground.” Each song is a new, original studio recording that includes the simultaneous release of an accompanying video directed by Matsson. The ongoing project is produced as the series progresses through winter 2018 in Sweden and the U.S., with Matsson splitting his time behind the microphone and camera.

Beginning March 9, he’ll release a song and video every month. Solo shows in support of “When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground” are planned in select cities worldwide, including the April 27 performance at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown.

“It’s like receiving a video message from a friend who wants you to see his process unfold in real time, the more ragged the better,” NPR Music editor and reviewer Stephen Thomson said of the project. “Of course, for all his stated love of imperfections, Matsson’s actual performance is a thing of refined and impeccable beauty.”

While here, he’ll also participate in a free, public Q&A-style masterclass discussion with ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker. Details on that event will be announced closer to the event date.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Stay tuned for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

JD McPherson: Artist + Management Partnerships Participates in Public Masterclass Oct. 26 at ACM@UCO in Bricktown

Hear from Scott Booker, Executive Director of ACM@UCO and Flaming Lips Manager, and Oklahoma rock ‘n roll musician JD McPherson as they discuss the music industry from artist and management perspectives, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown.

The Artist+Management Partnerships Music Networking and Mentoring Event is partnership with Oklahoma Film + Music Office and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). This event will be formatted in a masterclass-type setting.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

9:30 a.m.: Light breakfast
10 a.m.: Discussion
11 a.m.: Networking

Due to limited seating, please RSVP here by Oct. 25: okfilmmusic.org/rsvp-for-the-ofmo-music-networking-mentoring-event-2018/

Read more about McPherson and this special event: eventbrite.com/e/jd-mcpherson-artistmanagement-partnerships-registration-51564413549

Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar Co-Headline Nov. 2 Country Showcase in Bricktown

In a showcase sure to move country, rock and Southern rock fans alike, Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar co-headline a concert 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

The concert is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com.concert poster depicting Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar

Paul Benjaman’s distinctive, groove-based songs meld both the American swagger and the lyrical songwriting prowess of artists like Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Wilco, Warren Zevon and Little Feat. Similarly, Horton Records labelmate Jacob Tovar evokes the wry wit of Buck Owens or C.W. McCall and a Southern-rock tinged amalgam of both Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.

The event showcases Oklahoma musicians and Horton Records, based in Tulsa and founded by its namesake, Brian Horton. Horton Records is a nonprofit, volunteer-sustained music organization providing everything from band management to creating, sustaining and promoting local music and Oklahoma’s musical heritage.

“Paul Benjaman and Jacob Tovar are modern classics — they are master songwriters and musicians,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Horton Records, and this showcase, exemplify how musicians work together to create something original and enduring while building entrepreneurial and community service opportunities.”

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

About Horton Records

Horton Records, LTD is a nonprofit 501c-3 organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide support and tools for band management, promotion, booking, merchandising and distribution to help local and regional musicians fulfill their artistic goals and further promote local and regional music on a broader scale.

Horton Records is actively involved in a variety of programs and workshops that stimulate, inform and engage future generations and other demographics in the rich musical heritage of our region. The nonprofit organization actively partners with other organizations and individuals to broaden and strengthen our community through our musical endeavors. Horton Records is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff positions.

 

Adam + Kizzie Kick Off Curiosity Fest, Oct. 20 At Civic Center Music Hall

Oklahoma Humanities Council presents Curiosity Fest noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., in Oklahoma City.

This fun, lifelong learning opportunity features popular local husband-and-wife music act Adam & Kizzie (Adam Ledbetter is also a current faculty member at ACM@UCO) as they lead off 24 sessions featuring Oklahoma’s top humanities scholars sharing their fields of expertise in innovative and engaging ways.

Learn about a broad swatch of subjects such as race and social issues, comic books, the truth about the Electoral College, Harry Potter, The Game of Thrones, the intersection of politics and religion, social justice, pop culture and more.

The final session of the day is Jad Abumrad, founder of NPR’s Radiolab.

He presents his multimedia presentation “Gut-Churn,” which shows how curiosity, often manifesting as a gut-wrenching question, leads to creative solutions.

Food samples and a beer tasting add to the fun. For the complete program schedule visit okhumanities.org/curiosityfest.

Tickets are $20-$100.

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Maps & Atlases Headline Nov. 1 Metro Music Series Concert at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

Chicago-based experimental indie-rock act Maps & Atlases celebrates new music with a tour stop 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. The show, supporting the band’s July release of “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” also features Oklahoma City experimental funk-rock quartet Magic Munchbox.

Maps & Atlases concert poster

Chicago-based experimental indie-rock act Maps & Atlases celebrates new music with a tour stop 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

The concert is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com. (See our current list of Metro Music Series performances below!)

The Nov. 1 event also marks the last opportunity to see Maps & Atlases in an intimate setting before it heads out on tour supporting Coheed and Cambria.

The title of the band’s new album, “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” foreshadows an emotionally and musically dynamic collection of songs that contemplate the jolt of loss and the strain of longing to music that, against our better judgment, makes us want to dance. The record, the band’s first since 2012’s “Beware and Be Grateful,” finds frontman Dave Davison reckoning with the loss of his father and the emotional distances between light and dark.

“Now a trio, Maps & Atlases connect the roller-coaster guitar fretting and weighted timbres of their earlier albums with frenetic synth touches,” Pitchfork reviewer Amanda Wicks says of “Lightnessness is Nothing New.” “The polished result is their most accessible album to date, touching on Peter Gabriel’s fizzy pop proclivities and reaching for TV on the Radio’s early grandness.”

In the brooding-yet-playful vein of Talking Heads or Peter Gabriel, Maps embraces the paradox of what it is to be human — constantly searching and, forever unsatiated, returning with everlasting hope to the ever-darkening fray. The deceptively upbeat “Lightlessness is Nothing New,” released July 1, unveils a gorgeous, complex, slightly skewed take on pop music.

Featured in this Metro Music Series event is opening act Magic Munchbox, a Frank Zappa-meets-Herb Alpert experimental, progressive funk-rock quartet from Oklahoma City and Guthrie. The ACM@UCO-tied band includes a student and alumnus in its lineup: Gilson Machtolff on guitar, skeeter on guitar, Michael Vaughan on bass and Robby Andersen on drums.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Stay tuned to the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

 

Metro Music Series: High Noon Showcases

ACM@UCO Songwriting Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown.
All shows begin at 12:15 p.m.
Public welcome.
Free admission.

Oct. 15: Trevor Lindley as M E L T

Oct. 22: Johnny Manchild

Nov. 19: Sam Weber

 

Metro Music Series: ACM@UCO Performance Lab concerts

329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.
Doors open 7 p.m. unless noted.
Public welcome.
Tickets at eventbrite.com.

Oct. 10: Mipso, with Jason Scott

Oct. 27: Ester Drang, Husbands, Tallows music release show

Nov. 1: Maps & Atlases, with Magic Munchbox

Nov. 7: Molly Burch, with Seph(ra)

Nov. 14: Mac DeMarco (solo), with Leotie

Nov. 18: Current Joys, with Love Seats and The Lunar Laugh (acoustic)

Nov. 30: Colourmusic album release show, with openers TBA

 

Metro Music Series: Masterclasses, clinics and listening sessions

ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown.
Public welcome unless otherwise noted.
Free admission.

Oct. 10: Mipso Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Oct. 17: Noon: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty David Broyles (They Might Be Giants, “Lincoln”)

Oct. 24: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Dustin Ragland (Halloween, Alaska, “All Night the Calls Came In”)

Oct. 31: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Sephra Scheuber (Dirty Projectors, “Dirty Projectors”)

Nov. 5: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker (Supertramp, “Breakfast in America,” 8-track)

Nov. 7: Molly Burch Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Nov. 18: Current Joys Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)

Nov. 26: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Danny Hargis (Steely Dan, “Aja”)

Nov. 28: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Tyler Garcia (Third Eye Blind, “Third Eye Blind”)

Dec. 3: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO staff Jennifer Chancellor (DJ BC: “The Beastles: Ill Submarine”)

Post-Rock Band Ester Drang Releases its First New Music in 12 Years, Launches Tour Oct. 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab with Husbands and Tallows

Celebrated Oklahoma post-rock band Ester Drang returns with its first new music in 12 years for an album release show 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. New songs and performances by popular Oklahoma City-based indie pop acts Husbands and Tallows round out the triple bill.

The concert is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com.

Ester Drang. Photo by Ryan Magnani

Ester Drang.
Photo by Ryan Magnani

“This event is exciting for multiple reasons,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Each of these bands is great on their own. Putting them together on the same night — each with new music — promises to be an energetic and memorable event, especially for live music fans. We’re also thrilled to celebrate the opening date of their upcoming tour.”

Additionally, Oklahoma-raised, award-winning pop artist Sara Bowersock, long involved in the local music scene and now living in Colorado creating art full-time via her Point Blank Art & Design business, contributed her “Day of the Dead” imagery for exclusive use in ACM@UCO concert posters and promotional materials for this one-night-only event.

Husbands

Husbands

Ester Drang’s six-track EP, “The Appearances,” drops nationwide Oct. 26 on Oklahoma City-based independent record label Clerestory AV.  It will be available in vinyl, CD and digital formats.

The band recently reunited after being invited by Ian McCulloch to join English rock act Echo and the Bunnymen on tour. Original members Bryce Chambers (songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; he also performed with Native Lights and Unwed Sailor) and Kyle Winner (bass) returned for the band’s reformation. Ester Drang’s signature lush, atmospheric sound is further heightened by Tommy McKenzie (NET, Stardeath and White Dwarfs) and Hank Hanewinkel III (Nuns, Native Lights).

Ester Drang’s first formed in 1995 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

“I’ve been a fan of Ester Drang since their first record release show in 1999,” said Clerestory AV owner Chris Stellman. “They were the first local band I saw break out of the Oklahoma music scene and receive acclaim on a national level. I knew they’d been playing some shows again after a long hiatus, and I and reached out to Bryce about working together. I was thrilled when he replied about doing an EP. I honestly think this is the best music they’ve ever made, and I’m honored to be working with them.”

Tallows

Tallows

In addition to the new lineup, notable musicians with Oklahoma connections appear on the project, including James McAlister (founding drummer of Ester Drang, who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, the National and others), cellist Jon Paul Pope and Broncho’s Nathan Price.

Clerestory AV also recently launched its OKAY vinyl series, featuring new, joint 7-inch recordings with new music by Oklahoma-based alternative indie acts Husbands and ACM@UCO-affiliated Tallows. Other artists in the series are Samantha Crain, John Calvin Abney, Lord Buffalo and Beau Jennings, and all tracks to date have been recorded with Scott Johnson and full-time ACM lecturer Dustin Ragland at Stowaway Recording in Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce neighborhood.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Check in with ACM@UCO as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

Jason Scott Headlines Free High Noon Showcase Performance Oct. 3 in Bricktown

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) High Noon Showcase continues Oct. 3 with Oklahoma-based Americana singer-songwriter Jason Scott.

He performs 12:15 p.m. in the Songwriting Room (first floor) at ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown. All High Noon shows are free and open to the public.

The event is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) growing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

The ACM@UCO alumnus recently earned a global hat-tip when NPR Music spotlighted his song “She Good To Me” on World Cafe’s “Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing” alongside cuts by MGMT, Moby and Jade Bird. The breezy mandolin-and-brushes gem is a tribute to Scott’s wife of nine years and is part of the “Living Rooms” EP, recorded in 2017 with Travis Linville.

Scott is enjoying many firsts in 2018: He played Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida, for the first time; he made his Woodyfest debut at the 21st Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival; and he was a finalist in the Red Dirt Relief Fund’s Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest.

Jason Scott's "Living Rooms" EP

Jason Scott’s “Living Rooms” EP

His bragworthy band features legendary Oklahoma percussionist Michael Byars, along with stand-up and bass guitarist Kangwa Mundende and guitarist Gabriel Mor.

“Many of our students tell me how much they love Jason Scott’s new EP on Spotify, so I know he’s a great addition to our High Noon Showcase,” ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker said of the up-an-coming music tastemaker. “This is a great way to become familiar with his work before he joins touring act Mipso on Oct. 10 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown.”

Jason Scott is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, quickly becoming known for his unrelenting, sweat-soaked performances. He is also a producer, an engineer and an in-demand session musician who in 2018 produced albums for Americana artists Carter Sampson, Ken Pomeroy and Nellie Clay.

“Living Rooms” is available on vinyl and CD at jasonscottmedia.com, Apple, Amazon and Spotify. Learn more about him at facebook.com/jasonscottmusics.

Previous performers in ACM@UCO’s High Noon Showcase include Dawson Hollow, Trevor McBane and Original Flow and the Fervent Route.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Check in with ACM@UCO at facebook.com/acm.uco and twitter.com/acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

Metro Music Series: High Noon Showcase

Time: All shows are at 12:15 p.m.
Place: AMC@UCO Songwriting Room, lower level, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown
Admission: Free. Public welcome.

Oct. 3: Jason Scott
Oct. 15: Trevor Lindley
Oct. 22: Johnny Manchild and The Poor Bastards
Nov. 19: Sam Weber

Note: More dates and performers to be announced.

Current Joys Brings Prolific Singer-Songwriter Nicholas Rattigan to ACM@UCO Performance Lab, Nov. 18 in Bricktown

Current Joys headlines a Nov. 18 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. Local acts Love Seats and Lunar Laugh (acoustic) open. Tickets are $10, available at eventbrite.com.

Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of 25-year-old Nevada-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to Surf Curse, his minimal two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no-wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/Visions).

He eventually chose Current Joys as the permanent moniker, inspired by a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name.

Rattigan’s newest record, “A Different Age,” documents the process of making art and the desire to create it sincerely in an era fraught with extreme irony, apathy and nostalgia. Ripe with many of the emotions and conflicts that influenced the musician’s prior songwriting, “A Different Age” contains some of his most poetic lyrics and thoughtful arrangements to date.

“This will be a solo show for Nick Rattigan, which has never happened before in Oklahoma,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “Continuing our events tying ACM@UCO alums and current students to established national acts for our Metro Music Series, we present the Lunar Laugh and Love Seats opening the show.”

The Lunar Laugh

The Lunar Laugh

Opening the concert is The Lunar Laugh, performing as an acoustic two-piece, creating melodic powerpop filled with harmonies and classic ’60s and ’70s-fueled vibes. The full four-piece band, which includes three ACM@UCO alumni, formed in 2015 and is working on its third album.

Ashton Gary and Ethan Wilcox comprise musical act Love Seats, which released a single demo, “Track and Field” in February, and its newest single, “Tennis Prodigy (for margot),” a song inspired by the film “The Royal Tenenbaums,” in June. Hear the tunes at loveseats.bandcamp.com.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Check in with ACM@UCO Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year. For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

ACM@UCO Executive Director to Speak Friday at Americana Fest in Nashville

ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker will lead a “power brunch” presentation Friday during the 19th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs Tuesday through Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from around the world, the 2018 AmericanaFest features seminars, panels and networking opportunities in addition to more than 500 live performances at dozens of prominent Nashville venues over six days, all while celebrating the melting pot of Americana’s influences, including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music.

For the third consecutive year at AmericanaFest, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and its Studio Oklahoma project, a collective of Oklahoma industry partners, showcase Oklahoma music during events scheduled throughout the week.

Kaitlin Butts

Kaitlin Butts

Booker is traveling to Nashville with the help of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, which curated the power brunch bringing together music industry representatives and Studio Oklahoma partners in an intimate setting for one-on-one networking. 

Thursday, Sept. 13, OKF+MO and Studio Oklahoma also present The Okie Roundup networking and music showcase at Blake Shelton’s new venue, Ole Red Nashville. Performers include former ACM@UCO vocal performance student Kaitlin Butts and longtime genre-defining act the Red Dirt Rangers.

“Nothing makes me more excited than getting an opportunity to speak about what is happening with the music businesses in Oklahoma,” Scott Booker, executive director of The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), said in a media statement. “The growth in this vital industry is almost easier for people outside looking into to Oklahoma than it sometimes is for us to see ourselves.”

The six-day festival is presented by the Americana Music Association, a professional nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.

“Going to an event like AmericanaFest reminds me of all the great music and entrepreneurial talent that represent us constantly around the world,” Booker added.

The festival’s marquee event, the Americana Music Association’s Annual Honors & Awards Show, will be nationally televised Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and features performances by genre-leading talent.

Scheduled 2018 Americana Fest headliners include Courtney Marie Andrews, Brandi Carlile, Rosanne Cash, Tyler Childers, Anderson East, Mary Gauthier, Buddy Guy, Lilly Hiatt, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Robert Earl Keen, k.d. lang, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Irma Thomas, among others.

For more:

• Learn more about the Oklahoma Film + Music Office here.
• Learn more about Studio Oklahoma here.

Sophia Massad Releases New Single, ‘Come Back Home,’ Featuring Chase Kerby

Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) student Sophia Massad releases her new single, “Come Back Home,” Sept. 7 (tomorrow!). It features Oklahoma City musician and ACM@UCO alum Chase Kerby.

Massad, having been in the music industry for over 12 years, started this passion project to create her rawest music. Inspired by Alabama Shakes and Amy Winehouse, she is both impressive and poetically honest.

“Come Back Home” features possibly one of Oklahoma’s most well-known local artists, Chase Kerby.

Kerby was a contestant on “The Voice,” and has been in bands such as ExWives, Beau Jennings and the Tigers and Chase Kerby and the Villains. Massad said he has the perfect style to compliment her folk roots.

After a dark and strenuous heartbreak, Massad, transfixed on her muse, sat down at the piano and created “Come Back Home,” a story about finding the love of her life, and then losing him to the chaos and confusion of this world.

While still mystified, Massad wrote a song filled with hope, blissful memories and warmth.

“Come Back Home” features Chase Kerby on vocals, Tristan Todd on lead guitar, Ethan Neel on drums and Chris Anderson on bass and keys. It was mixed and mastered by producer, musician and ACM@UCO lecturer Dustin Ragland.

You can RSVP to the online listening premiere on Sophia Massad’s music fan page.

While you’re here, catch her December 2017 performance for ACM Presents:

More new music

Chase Kerby also released a new singles, “Lines,” on Sept. 1, and “Man on the TV” on July 31.

Chase Kerby, "Lines"

Chase Kerby, "Man on the TV"