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Dawson Hollow Returns to OKC for Free Concert March 28 at ACM Performance Lab

Dawson Hollow, an indie-folk rock quintet based in the Ozark Mountains, returns to Oklahoma City for a FREE SHOW 7 p.m. March 28 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab!

A concert poster featuring the five members of the folk-rock act Dawson Hollow, dressed casually and looking at the camera as they pose on a bridge.

Dawson Hollow released its full-length debut, “Boy of My Youth,” in 2018. It was crowdfunded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $96,000, which, in part, allowed the act to work with Grammy Award-winning producer and mixer Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Nashville-based producer Ryan Poole (Roger Jaeger, Benji Kuriakose).

Multitalented multi-instrumentalists Ben, Aaron, Rachel, Kyle and John Link form Dawson Hollow. Together, they mix vocals, keyboards, banjo, guitar, drums, mandolin, cello and more to create their one-of-a-kind sound. If you enjoy Dawes, Old Crow Medicine Show or Nickel Creek, you’ll love this band. Learn more at dawsonhollow.com.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, and the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works initiative. Find more info about Metro Music Series events at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

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

See colourmusic Live and Learn More About ACM@UCO, Tonight in Stillwater!

Head out to Stillwater to watch quirky independent psychedelic rock act colourmusic perform a free, live concert in their home town! The show is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, at District Bicycles, 120 W. Seventh Ave. in Stillwater.

The performance is also part of Stillwater’s annual Land Run 100 event, happening Friday and Saturday across Stillwater.

While there, you can learn more about the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. A booth is set up all day Friday near the District Bicycles stage.

Colourmusic bandmates Ryan Hendrix and Nicholas Ley are ACM@UCO faculty, too!

• Learn more about colourmusic at colourmusic.net.
• Check out the full Land Run 100 event lineup at landrun100.com.
• Stream colourmusic’s new album, Swimsuit, on Spotify!

Here’s Your Spring Break 2019 Playlist!

This ACM@UCO-curated playlist includes a little bit of everything and nearly 2 hours of music, so hit shuffle, set it to repeat and enjoy!

The ACM@UCO-curated playlist includes current music from:

• FIDLAR
• Wallows
• The Chemical Brothers
• Noname feat. Phoelix
• Cage the Elephant
• Vampire Weekend feat. Steve Lacy
• Cherry Glazerr feat. Dangerous Steve
• Sleaford Mods
• Karen O + Danger Mouse
• The Twilight Sad
• Quelle Chris feat. Cavalier, Bilal Salaam, Eldar Djangirov and James Acaster
• Matmos
• Epic Beard Men
• Weezer
• Stephen Malkmus
• The Mountain Goats
… and more!

As well as tunes by Oklahoma artists and ACM@UCO students, faculty and alumni:

• Parker Millsap
• ZHU with Sofi Tukker
• Combsy feat. Steph Simon and Keeng Cut
• colourmusic
• Jabee feat. Thelonious Martin
• LGC and the X
• Adam + Kizzie
• Druce Wayne feat. Original Flow, Xtra and Fresh
• Love Seats
• Ciara Brooke
• Johnny Manchild and the Poor Bästards
• Harlee Lane
… and even a Brothers Griiin remix of the Spaceface tune “Spread Your Head!”

Open Call for Oklahoma Musicians: Made in Oklahoma Fest

The Made in Oklahoma Fest and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) announce an open call for Oklahoma musicians to play at the eighth annual event, held at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center on May 10-11.

The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. March 10.

Selected musicians will perform for the Oklahoma Stage Rush music series, which happens on the festival’s outdoor and indoor stages Saturday, May 11. The outdoor stage will accommodate solo acts up to a full band, while the indoor stage will host acoustic solo and duo acts as well as instrumental-only artists.

Made in Oklahoma Fest brings cultural activities, events and agricultural vendors to one destination offering guests the opportunity to discover, sip, taste and relax in a fun-filled atmosphere. The festival features an array of Made in Oklahoma products and services from wineries, breweries, artists, merchants, restaurants, food trucks and more. Guests can also enjoy an open car, truck and motorcycle show as well as join in on exciting classes and competitions.

In 2018, more than 5,000 people attended the festival and that number is on the rise as the “going local” trend continues to grow.

The Oklahoma Stage Rush series showcases the homegrown talent produced by Oklahoma artists and provides bands an opportunity to gain exposure, network with business owners and sample the fine wine, beer and food items that Oklahoma has to offer. For more information about the festival, visit madeinoklahomafest.com.

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

The selected musicians receive:
• Financial compensation
• Benefits package including tokens and hotel discounts
• Exposure to targeted audience
• Social media promotion
• One of your original songs placed on a download drop card to be distributed as promotion for the fesitval
• Feature in OF+MO eblasts with reach of over 4,800
• Feature in OF+MO monthly newsletter with reach of over 6,500
• Promotion on the Made in Oklahoma Fest website
• Promotion in the Made in Oklahoma Fest digital advertisements and print material
• Promotion on the radio and other media websites

DETAILS

Originality
Made in Oklahoma Fest is an event that celebrates and promotes music that was created (made) in Oklahoma by original Oklahoma artists. We ask that 80 percent of a band’s set be comprised of original music.

Genre
The outdoor stage will ONLY promote genres such as new country, old country, Americana, Red Dirt, rockabilly, pop, soft rock, moderate rock and indie rock.

The indoor stage is in a large ballroom filled with vendors so soft music is most appropriate. This includes instrumental, light vocals, folk, Americana and Celtic. No percussions are allowed.

Proximity
Bands from across the state will be considered for this event. You do not have to be from Midwest City or the Oklahoma City area to apply.

Register for the Oklahoma Music Directory

The open call for Oklahoma musicians to perform at the Made in Oklahoma Fest is in promotion of the Oklahoma Music Directory, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office’s online database of Oklahoma musicians and music businesses. Therefore, acts must be registered in the database in order to be selected. If you are not already registered, please register in the Oklahoma Music Directory before submitting your application.

A link to your music is required to complete registration.

The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. March 10.

If you are already registered, or now that you are registered in the Oklahoma Music Directory,
APPLY TO PLAY AT Made in Oklahoma Fest.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH OF+MO

Submit an event for the OF+MO Events Calendar

To have your event(s) listed in our online events calendar, please send the following information to Katie.Lovasz@TravelOK.com.
• Your Name/Band’s Name
• Date/Time
• Venue and address
• Link to the event
• Description/Bio
• Cost
• Image (if you have one)
• Tell us about your new albums
• Do you have a new album coming out? Send the release date and any associated show information (see above) to Katie.Lovasz@TravelOK.com.

NOW HEAR THIS: ACM’s Harlee Lane and Ciara Brooke Top Reverb Nation’s Local Pop Artist Chart

Pop, EDM and club artist Harlee Lane recently released his new single, “Dancing with a Stranger,” a Sam Smith/Normani cover featuring Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma student Courtney Hooker.

Lane, an ACM@UCO alumnus, is currently rated Oklahoma City’s No. 2 pop artist on Reverb Nation.

At No. 1 is ACM@UCO alumnus Ciara Brooke! She debuted her new project, “Diva Diaries,” in November. 

Stream Lane’s “Dancing with a Stranger” now and hear more on Reverb NationSpotifyiTunes, Facebook and Soundcloud. In August, his single “Come Down” debuted at No. 1 on Reverb Nation’s local pop chart.

ACM@UCO alumnus Harlee Lane poses in front of neon lighting at night as he poses with oversized white sunglasses, black button-up shirt and short, platinum hair.

ACM@UCO alumnus Harlee Lane.

ACM@UCO alum Ciara Brooke sits with her legs crossed in front of a bright pink background, dressed in a white top, blue shorts and gray combat boots.

ACM@UCO alum Ciara Brooke.

Hear more from Brooke on Reverb Nation and like and follow her on social media at facebook.com/ciarabrookemusicinstagram.com/ciarabrookemusic and ciarabrooke.com.

FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Annie Oakley, Noname headline ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival on March 2-3

ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival celebrates women in music with two days of empowering music and performances, March 2-3 at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) and its ACM Performance Lab in downtown Oklahoma City.

Festival admission is free and open to the public, except for Sunday’s festival-headlining show by acclaimed Chicago hip-hop and spoken-word rapper Noname, who performs 8 p.m. March 3 at ACM Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave. Elton and Original Flow & The Fervent Route open the show. Tickets for the Noname concert are $25 and are sold out, although a limited number of tickets might be released for sale closer to the event date.

Popular Americana sweetheart The Annie Oakley headlines the March 2 roster, performing a at 8 p.m. inside the Songwriting Room on the first floor of ACM@UCO’s main campus at 25 S. Oklahoma Avenue (first floor) in downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.

The .WAV Festival features three indoor stages at two venues, with most performances happening 4-9 p.m. March 2 and 2-8 p.m. March 3 inside ACM@UCO. The lineup features Miillie Mesh, Ciara Brooke, Lauryn Hardiman, Creeping Toms, Ramona & The Phantoms, Me Oh My, Rozlyn Zora, Jade Castle, Michéla Creel and more. For more information, visit wav.eventbrite.com.

Organized and run by members of ACM’s Women Audio Vision (.WAV) student organization, .WAV Festival showcases multiple genres and more than a dozen music acts performing grunge pop, Americana, blues, folk, singer-songwriter, rap and hip-hop and more.

“.WAV Fest was created to empower women in the music industry,” said Katie Carmichael, student president of ACM@UCO Women Audio Vision (.WAV). “The event features bands with women and women solo artists, as well as dancers, artists and photographers.

“The two-day event is also a food drive for Sisu Youth in OKC that helps homeless youth in the area,” Carmichael added.

All .WAV Festival visitors are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to benefit Sisu Youth Services, an Oklahoma City nonprofit organization that helps shelter and care for homeless youth living in our community. The mission of Sisu Youth, Inc. is to ensure that young people experiencing adversity have a safe place to sleep, the security to dream and the support to make a positive impact on the world.

Suggested donations:

• $5-10 gift cards for fast food
• Bottled water
• Gatorade
• Pop Tarts
• Fruit snacks
• Snack cups (applesauce, fruit or pudding)
• Beef jerky
• Shelf-stable milk
• Granola and protein bars
• Hormel Compleats or similar shelf-stable, MRE-type food
• Pop-top canned food

“We think .WAV Fest is important because not only are we representing ACM to show how vital the work they’re doing is in Oklahoma, but also to show how many women and female-identifying people are working in the arts in Oklahoma City to help shape the scene,” Carmichael explained.

In fact, the student organization she leads, ACM@UCO Women’s Audio Vision, just began its second year on the school’s downtown campus.

“This is our second year as an organization, but first under the name Women’s Audio Vision,” which is open to everyone, including female and female-identifying members, Carmichael said. “Our purpose is to show other women they aren’t alone in this business and to create a community of capable, trained professional women in OKC.”

ACM@UCO’s Women’s Audio Vision group and the .WAV Festival is funded by the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association. As part of ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series, the Noname concert is funded in part by the support of its sponsors, including Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, and the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works initiative.

Find performance dates and times and learn more about the .WAV Festival at wav.eventbrite.com.

The Annie Oakley, dressed in similar jumpers and polka-dot shirts in this undated publicity photo.

The Annie Oakley headlines .WAV Festival with a free March 2 performance at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.

Miillie Mesh poses with a lace fan in this undated publicity photo.

Miillie Mesh performs Sunday, March 3 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Singer-songwriter Kat Lock poses in a velvet gown in front of what appear to be bloody shower curtains in this undated publicity photo.

Kat Lock performs Saturday, March 2 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Singer-songwriter and musician Jade Castle poses with her guitar in front of a stone fountain in this undated publicity photo.

Jade Castle performs Saturday, March 2 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

Musician Eli Tostado sits on a yellow-painted curb, with her legs crossed, as she looks at the camera in this undated publicity photo.

Eli Tostado performs Sunday, March 3 at ACM@UCO’s .WAV Festival.

.WAV FESTIVAL

4-9 p.m. March 2 and 2-11 p.m. March 3 at ACM@UCO campus and ACM Performance Lab. For more information, visit wav.eventbrite.com. Please note that the lineup is subject to change without notice.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

ACM@UCO campus (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown

Songwriting Room
• 8 p.m.: The Annie Oakley
• 7 p.m.: Me Oh My
• 6 p.m.: Ramona & The Phantoms
• 5 p.m.: Kat Lock
• 4 p.m.: Creeping Toms

Acoustic stage
• 7 p.m.: Michéla Creel
• 6 p.m.: dancers
• 5 p.m.: Rozlyn Zora
• 4 p.m.: Jade Castle

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave.
• 8 p.m.: Noname, with Elton and Original Flow & The Fervent Route (ticketed show)

ACM@UCO campus (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown
Songwriting Room
• 5 p.m.: Miillie Mesh
• 4 p.m.: Shiann Davis
• 3 p.m.: Ciara Brooke
• 2 p.m.: Stone Tide

Acoustic stage
• 6 p.m.: Lauryn Hardiman
• 5 p.m.: dancers
• 4 p.m.: Sarah Byrd
• 2:30 p.m.: Jordan Russell
• 2 p.m.: Eli Tostado

#CFADWorks: ACM@UCO alumna Mariah Saffa

Hard at work in a 7,000-seat arena in northern Colorado, Academy of Contemporary Music at the Univeristy of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) alumna Mariah Saffa reflects on her path to a marketing career in the entertainment industry.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Music Business with a Marketing minor in 2017, Saffa used skills she gained through real-world industry experience at ACM@UCO (including a marketing internship at Tulsa’s BOK Center arena) in her job as a digital marketing specialist and radio accounts manager at Oklahoma-based Tyler Media.

This role led Saffa to her current position with Spectra, an international venue management and hospitality company that serves the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.

As a marketing manager, Saffa directs strategies for the venue, as well as for touring musicians and entertainers, continuing to apply shat she learned studying Music Business at ACM@UCO. The unique downtown Oklahoma City campus is part of UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design.

As many students today are dissuaded from pursuing their passion in arts-related fields, UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design flips the script about “starving artists” and highlights the breadth of success our alumni have achieved as performers, producers, entrepreneurs, artistic directors, talent managers and more.

As our alumni prove, #CFADWorks!

Are you a UCO College of Fine Arts and Design alum? We’d love to hear from you!

To get involved, just post a selfie or video of you at work to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Use the hashtag #CFADWorks and we’ll share your story!

Thank you for inspiring our students and the future generation of creators!

ACM@UCO Musician and Singer-Songwriter Rozlyn Zora Leaves Fans ‘Speechless’ on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Oklahoma singer-songwriter and musician Rozlyn Zora proves that love is indeed what you choose to make of it. On Feb. 14, she’ll release her new single, “Speechless,” as she embarks on a spring-fling string of shows she’s calling the Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour.

Zora, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is a senior studying production and technology application at ACM@UCO in Oklahoma City. She said she’s long had the goal to release a new song every Valentine’s Day, and the Feb. 14 release of “Speechless” marks her first milestone in achieving it.

The acoustic guitar-driven, lyrically emotive ballad soars with support of ACM graduate Heather Becker on piano and Oklahoma State University student Demetri Tsaras on bass. Zora’s lyrical style on the tune has been compared to Sara Bareilles — a high compliment, to be sure, she said.

“The chorus came to me in a dream,” Zora said. “Charming love songs are my weakness. After I released ‘Love’ in January of 2017, I’ve longed to release a song on Valentine’s Day, and ‘Speechless’ is that dream child.”

“Speechless” was tracked and mixed by ACM@UCO music production and engineering student and student worker Stuart Adams in the school’s second floor-studio. It was mastered by ACM@UCO full-time lecturer and studio manager Kevin Lively (Rage Against the Machine, Pink, Elton John).

To celebrate the recording, Zora announced the quickie, three-date Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour, in which she and participating bands fill their setlists with love/hate songs.

“The tour runs three days,” Zora said, then laughed. Zora and Mandias (Shawnee, Oklahoma, resident, ACM student and indie folk-rock musician Kate Carmichael) lead the lineup. Special guests round out the show at each show.

Zora’s first stop is a free concert 10 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Rabbit Hole, 116 S. Elgin Ave. in Tulsa, where she performs with Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Mandias and featured guest Lauryn Hardiman. The next night, she cruises through Norman for a 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 gig with Mandias and UCO-based rock act Useless Randy at Red Brick Bar, 311 E. Main St. in Norman.

On Feb. 16, Zora swings through Bentonville, Arkansas, to perform at the popular Bike Rack Brewing Co.’s Eighth Street Brewery and Tap Room, 801 SE Eighth St., Suite 61. There, she shares the stage with Mandias, Useless Randy and Fayetteville, Arkansas, indie-alternative act Makin Loaf starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $10 at the door and eventbrite.com.

For more information and music, contact Rozlyn Zora at facebook.com/rozlynzora.

Makeup//Breakup Mini-Tour:

10 p.m. Feb. 14
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias and featuring Lauryn Hardiman
Rabbit Hole Tulsa, 116 S. Elgin Ave. in Tulsa
no cover / 21+

6:30 p.m. Feb. 15
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias and Useless Randy
Red Brick Bar, 311 E. Main St. in Norman
no cover / 21+

8 p.m. Feb. 16
Rozlyn Zora, Mandias, Useless Randy and Makin Loaf
Bike Rack Brewing Co. (Eighth Street Brewery & Tap Room), 801 SE Eighth St., suite 61 in Bentonville, Arkansas
$10 at the door and eventbrite.com.

Editor’s note: Download art associated with this release here.

ACM@UCO Presents Literati Variety Show in February, Featuring Local Musicians, Writers, Poets

In a multi-act event promoting storytelling and its various forms, the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) presents Literati Variety Show, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Oklahoma City. Admission is free.

Charles Martin, founder and creative director of Literati Press Comics & Novels, based in Oklahoma City, calls Literati Variety Show a “five-act variety talk program.”

“This is a celebration of storytelling as entertainment as well as a force to give meaning to life,” Martin said. “We are uniting artists from all mediums — music, poetry, comedy, anyone with a good story and the wherewithal to tell it well.”

The Feb. 9 event is presented by ACM@UCO as part of its Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Martin hosts the show, where he’ll introduce a music and literary pairing by hip-hop act Original Flow and The Fervent Route; a conversation with George Lang, editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Gazette; Heath Huffman, Public Access comedian of note; authors Holly Sampson Hall and Jeremy Hall with a performance reading of “The Most Wonderful Wonder”; and Molly O’Connor, founder of OKC StorySlam.

The show is co-organized by longtime local artist, Oklahoma City Arts Commissioner and Istvan Art owner and manager Stephen Kovash. Speaking recently to Oklahoma Gazette, Kovash said one of his goals with this show is to establish a new artistic family in the metro.

“Things are starting to coalesce in terms of Oklahoma writers,” he told the Gazette. “And so I think what Charles is doing here is perfect timing. … There’s hunger for ideas, and there’s pent-up demand, but there’s also a supply that’s pent-up. So maybe if we can get those people together, it’s going to explode.”

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, and the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works initiative.

About the Performers

Molly O’Connor:
O’Connor is an Oklahoma City-based multi-disciplinary artist and cultural worker. Her creative and artistic practices include visual art, creative writing, original solo performance work and storytelling. In 2005, O’Connor founded OKC StorySlam, a monthly, competitive open-mic storytelling event influenced by “The Moth Radio Hour” and podcast.

Holly Sampson Hall and Jeremy Hall:
Holly Samson Hall and Jeremy Hall write and perform dark folk music as Welcome Little Stranger. Creators of “The Most Wonderful Wonder” podcast, the Halls explore tragedy, folklore and strange, true tales from the back pages of American history.

Heath Huffman:
Huffman is a stand-up comic born and raised in Oklahoma City. He tells jokes that highlight the absurdity of working out, the quirkiness of his religious upbringing and the peculiar world of cheap Italian food. He also hosts two podcasts — Christian music review show “The Praisedown” with Heath and Alex, and comic book narration show “Paneled,” both of which some people (not him) think are very good.

George Lang:
Lang is a journalist who has worked for Oklahoma Gazette multiple times since 1994. He returned as its editor-in-chief in 2017. In the interim, he also wrote for The Oklahoman. While there, he became its assistant entertainment editor, interviewing about 95 percent of film industry’s A-listers and hosting an award-winning video series about local musicians, “Static.” He hosts “Spy 101” radio show 8 p.m. Saturdays on The Spy (KOSU) and he teaches at ACM@UCO.

Original Flow and The Fervent Route:
Oklahoma City-based music act Original Flow & The Fervent Route mixes high-octane lyrical content with live instrumentation and old-school hip-hop delivery. It also includes ACM@UCO alumni.

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.

Find more info about Metro Music Series events at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

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

NewsOK: Late musician’s friends honor Connor Hicks with ‘Legacy’ album

Oklahoma artists recently paid tribute to Connor Hicks, a local musician who died Dec. 18, 2017 in a car crash. Late last month, his friends — led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jacob Mann — and family released “Legacy.”

The album includes previously unrecorded songs by Hicks, who had studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO).

In addition to his solo work, Hicks had performed with numerous Oklahoma-based acts, including Matt Stansberry, Shane Henry, Chase Kerby and Mallory Eagle.

The Oklahoman published a Dec. 28 feature about the album:

Hearing the completed album was a little overwhelming, said Hicks’ father, Ronnie Hicks.

“… It was probably the thing in my life that gave me the most joy, was seeing him perform and helping him share it,” he said. “So, it was important to me for as many people to have the opportunity to hear it as possible.”

Journalist Brandy McDonnell wrote of the 2017 wreck:

Connor Hicks, 20, and Jeremy Wallace, 42, died at the scene of an early morning crash Dec. 18, 2017, four miles south of Bowlegs on U.S. 377. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s report, which described foggy conditions, concluded the accident took place shortly after midnight, when Hicks’ vehicle, traveling southbound, crossed left of center and hit Wallace’s vehicle head-on.

Both drivers were Ada-based musicians and members of the Chickasaw Nation.

McDonnell added:

As Hicks’ family has been working with the UCO Foundation to establish a scholarship in his honor, Mann worked with about 20 engineers, producers and musicians to create the “Legacy” album.

“After the wreck, I got with all of our engineers and guys that he had recorded demos with,” Mann said. “His laptop was actually in the car with him, so that was kind of an ordeal getting the files off of that. … Once we were able to get those together, we were able to find six songs that we felt really excited about.”

Stream the album on Spotify: