September 1, 2013

This Land Magazine

This Machine still needed. This issue is all about the music. We pay tribute to J.J. Cale and to two Oklahoma jazz legends, and we offer a crowd-sourced playlist of the 25 best songs about Oklahoma. Plus, a tour of the state’s rattlesnake roundups and a rhythmic new poem.

AFTER MIDNIGHT: An interview with J.J. Cale, the maker of that blend of country, rock ‘n’ roll, and blues that a city could call its own. From Steve Todoroff.

COUNT IT OFF: J. Kavin Ross remembers the first time he heard the ivories as tickled by the late jazz legend George Duke.

DEN OF DEATH: Holly Wall heeds the serpent’s song at Oklahoma’s rattler festivals.

THE MISSING YEARS: John Wooley pens the story of the drummer who orchestrated the comeback of a toothless Chet Baker.

THE OLD LAND AND THE SEA: A rhythmic new poem by Joel Stein.

ORIGINAL OKIE: Erin O’Dowd is a singer-songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who takes her inspiration from nature, history and everyday life. She plays Americana and folk, along with some blues and country. 

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