Music news: Kix Brooks to headline Summer OilPatch Festival in Drumright
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Saturday, June 30, 2012
6/30/12 at 5:01 AM
DRUMRIGHT - Country star Kix Brooks, formerly of Tulsa-tied music duo Brooks & Dunn, will headline the Summer OilPatch Festival on Wednesday at the Sellers Ranch in Drumright.
Gates open at 11 a.m., and the event is family-friendly and free. Lawn chairs are welcome.
Oklahoma country singer Shawna Russell also will perform, as will Green Country natives the Red Dirt Rangers.
Also included is a children's fair area along with classic cars and motorcycles, clowns, stilt walkers, skydivers and jugglers, helicopter landings, and a fireworks display.
Brooks spent more than 20 years as half of the successful duo Brooks & Dunn. He is promoting his solo single "New To This Town," which features a guest appearance by former Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.
Find more information at the OilPatch Facebook page: tulsaworld.com/oilpatch
Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus premiered his own radio show on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio's Big Machine Radio channel, 4 p.m. Thursday.
The station is available via stream from a web browser and iPhone apps at tulsaworld.com/iheart
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to have my own radio show," DeMarcus said in a media statement before the show.
"It's going to be fun to have the forum to discuss whatever I want to, without two other Rascals constantly interrupting me," he joked.
Rascal Flatts also includes Picher native Joe Don Rooney.
The 60-minute weekly show, "The Jay DeMarcus Show: Live From Flatts Shack" features music, special guests and stories from the road. The inaugural show includes guests Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and songwriter James Slater. DeMarcus' wife, Country Music Television correspondent Allison DeMarcus, will join the program each week for the show's entertainment reports.
New Rejects tour
This week, Stillwater pop-punksters The All-American Rejects announced a late summer American jaunt to support their latest album, "Kids in the Street."
"After spending the summer overseas, we're looking forward to coming home and having a little fun this August playing ... couldn't ask for a better summer vacation," bandmate Nick Wheeler said in a press statement.
So far, no Oklahoma dates have been confirmed.
The headlining tour includes opening act Eve 6; it opens Aug. 8 in Costa Mesa, Calif., and wraps Aug. 30 in Louisiana.
The band's been overseas touring the festival circuit in recent months and performing with Blink-182 on its international tour.
The band formed in 1999 in Stillwater.
View the video for their album's second single, "Walk Over Me," at tulsaworld.com/barrelhousebeat
Oklahoma native and country music icon Vince Gill recently spoke to the Atlanta Music Guide about his career and the ever-changing scope of his genre. When asked if he's felt the shift from traditional to contemporary country, he said:
"I think it always changes. ... I think it's really easy to look at what is going on today and go, 'I'm not crazy about that. That's not how we did it.' It's human nature to feel that way. I think artists are out there doing what they want to do, and I'd never begrudge anyone of that ... all I ever do is occasionally miss the traditional element of this music. I love that part of country music."
Read the full interview at tulsaworld.com/gilljune
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Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus (left) launches his own radio show this week on iHeartRadio. Associated Press file
The All-American Rejects recently announced another U.S. tour. Courtesy