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Two ACM Students Earn Top Songwriting Prizes in Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest

Two students at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently earned two top awards in the annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest.

Dallas Parker

Three of the four finalists, selected from 74 entries as finalists in the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest in April, were ACM students: “Breathless” by Chloe-Beth Campbell, “Angels Lullaby” by Ashliann Rivera and “Abilities” by Dallas Parker (Faux Draco). The fourth finalist was “Hollyhocks and Morning Glories” by longtime Tulsa singer-songwriter Scott Aycock.

The four performed April 30 in Stillwater. Parker won first place, which secured a lineup slot in the Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café festival on May 1, along with a $500 cash prize plus a $500 donation made in his name to the nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund. Campbell won the People’s Choice award, earning her a $100 prize.

Chloe-Beth Campbell

Parker, who performs under the name Faux Draco, is a freshman contemporary music production student at ACM and a rapper from Oklahoma City. Campbell is a freshman ACM contemporary music production student from Enid, and released her debut full-length album, Remnant, last year.

Rivera is freshman contemporary music performance major at ACM. The singer-songwriter was born in Brooklyn and raised in Oklahoma City. She has released three EPs in the last three years.

Three ACM Students are Finalists in Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest

“Breathless” by Chloe-Beth Campbell, “Angels Lullaby” by Ashliann Rivera, “Abilities” by Dallas Parker (Faux Draco) and “Hollyhocks and Morning Glories” by Scott Aycock were recently selected from 74 entries as finalists in the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest.

Three of the four finalists are students at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO).

Finalists will play their songs before a live audience at an April 30 Gypsy Café pre-party hosted by the Red Dirt Rangers at Iron Monk Brewing, 519 S. Husband in Stillwater, according to the Tulsa World.

Campbell is an ACM@UCO student from Enid, and released her debut full-length album, Remnant, last year. Rivera is a singer-songwriter born in Brooklyn and raised in Oklahoma City. She has released three EPs in the last three years. Parker, who performs under the name Faux Draco, is a rapper from Oklahoma City.

Aycock is a longtime Tulsa singer/songwriter and poet who co-hosts NPR’s Folk Salad.

Congratulations!

At stake for the finalists is the chance to secure a spot in the lineup at Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café on May 1 and a $500 cash prize plus a $500 donation made in the winner’s name to the Red Dirt Relief Fund, according to a press release.

A $100 “People’s Choice” prize will also be awarded by a vote of those in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

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"

Molly Burch Headlines Nov. 7 Metro Music Series Show at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch headlines a Nov. 7 tour stop at ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Showtime is 7 p.m. and Seph(ra) opens. Tickets are $10, available now at eventbrite.com.

The show is a part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s growing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

“Molly’s label, Captured Tracks, is one of my favorite current indie labels. As soon as I heard her album I knew she would be great for the Performance Lab,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “We are also lucky to have her do a Q&A with our students while she is at our venue! I predict she will be having great success with her new album and it’s exciting we are able to bring her here to perform.”

The Q&A is earlier that day, and space for that event is available to select ACM students only, Booker said.

Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut album “Please Be Mine,” a 10-track ode to unrequited romance, written after studying jazz vocal performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. “Please Be Mine” earned critical praise for Burch’s smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics.

“I was really blown away with how many people told me that the music has helped them through their own break-up,” she said. “I was just so moved by that. I never expected it. I was aware that people were actually listening to my music and having a positive experience, so [with the next album] I wanted to reveal my own struggles with fear and anxiety.”

It was an intimidating goal for her, but her follow-up, “First Flower” finally bloomed. It is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. Burch’s voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist. Unlike “Please Be Mine,” which focused on the contentious depression of heartbreak, “First Flower” explores broken friendships, her relationship with her sister and, more importantly, how Burch learned to fight overwhelming anxiety.

“I do not have the answers by any means, but I wanted to talk about those imperfections,” she said. “I wouldn’t want someone who listens to my music to think that I have it all figured out. I don’t. ‘First Flower’ is me being transparent.”

Fans will hear songs from her sophomore effort during her 2018 tour. She releases the 11-track record on Oct. 5. In the meantime, you can also listen and preorder “First Flower” at mollyburchmusic.com.

Opening the Nov. 7 Metro Music Series show is Seph(ra), an experimental/avant-garde/alternative folk act out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Oklahoma City. It’s led by ACM@UCO lecturer Sephra Scheuber, and her sound hints at influences like Fiona Apple, Neutral Milk Hotel, Natalie Marchant and Bright Eyes. Seph(ra)’s most recent release is 2017’s “Pieces of Schema,” available to stream and purchase at shmoecreative.com/sephra and iTunes.

About the 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 the 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.