“Lonesome, On'ry and Mean”
This is the title for a Steve Young song made famous by Waylon Jennings. Most of y’all will remember Waylon. This hard driving tune was one of the first #1 hits on the Billboard’s Country charts and kicked off the “Outlaw Country” music movement leaving Nashville. Waylon, Willie, Hank Jr. and Kris K. and many more cut ties with the Hub of Traditional Country and created a niche for music that better suited the times. The music of the 70’s was rough and rowdy ballads that spawned Gilley’s/”Urban Cowboy” and Billy Bob’s(The world’s Biggest Dance Hall) in Ft. Worth, Texas. LeFlore Co. had its version of the Nightlife with The Green Country Danceland, Sugarloaf Inn, Lil’ Country Club and Lou’s Triangle. Anyway, back then I dressed the part, ya know, Stetson, Elephant-hide Cowboy boots, Black leather vest, long hair and beard. I thought I fit the lonesome, honery and mean character, but the fact being was that I was kind of a “Coca cola Cowboy”.Lonesome was what inspired this tale. And as a public service to folks going out and enjoying Live Music these days. Never leave the parking lot until all vehicles are at least running with air in all 4 tires. This tragedy happened to me after a dance at Lou’s Triangle one Sat. nite. I had a bad battery it seems and I was slow packing my gear to leave. So I was the last truck there at one of the most remote clubs located at the Talihina end of Skyline Drive. I could see tails lights fading out of sight down the long driveway turning onto the highway headed home. and it was one of the saddest, lonesomest feelings I have ever experienced. There I set.- alone at 3 am! With nothing to eat OR drink and about a two mile walk to the closest house to ask for a jump. I decided the safest thing was to just bed down for the nite, telling myself to get a new battery or at least jumper cables. Nowadays, a call to AAA or my “Help! I’ve fallin’ button” would’ve saved the day. If this tall tale puts ya in the mood to hear a couple of Outlaw Country tunes with a mix of Classic Country from Ray Price, Merle, Hank Sr. and more then catch “Oklahoma Moon” at the Showtime Country Jamboree. It’s in Pocola this Sat. 24th, at the Pocola Senior Community Center, 700 Faye Ave. “Oklahoma Moon”, Floyd Adams, Doug Youk, David Love and Ricky Ward, will have Doug Lovell as special guest singer. Doug is one of my favorite Country singers and a local favorite. So get there early for a good seat. Music starts at 7 pm. “Oklahoma Moon” will be at Neumeier’s Rib Room on Friday 23rd from 7-10 pm. Great food and awesome music! “The Wright Family” Red Barn Singing is this Sat. 24th in Shady Point and the weather is predicted to be perfect for this lawn chair, get together. Kyler, Rochelle and Robert invite you to this gospel front porch gathering. There is no charge but a love offering would be appreciated. Special guest this time, Jan Cook, Tracy DeWitt and Joe Christenberry, will join the Wrights entertaining you with songs of praise and worship. Family Friendly, the farm has a few critters , so bring the kids. It kicks off at 6 pm.
Dawn’s DinerRed Oak has great food, get there early for the catfish, and three nites of music this week. Thursday 22nd- Randy Fennell and Larry Taylor, Friday 23rd-Make It a Double(Connie and Dave Abbott) and Saturday 24th - Live Wire ft. Felisha McKenzie. The Country and Rock music will start at 7 pm OR as soon as the bands finish supper and warsh their guitar-picking hands. It is worth the short ride to Red Oak. Room for dancing available soon.
Crocky’s Cafe in Hackett is another restaurant with music in our area. Good place to enjoy the cooler weather and grab a bite. This family friendly Cafe will feature one of the area’s finest guitar players and singers, Mark Albertson on Friday 23rd and “Aces and Eights” on Sat. 24th. Music starts at 6 pm. Food is served from 6 am until 9 pm on both nites. firstname.lastname@example.org.I-40 has “The Lawmen” on Thurs. 22nd and “Gopher Run” on Sat. 24th. Music starts at 7 pm for both. That’s all, folks! Thanks to all the readers and supporters. Y’all are the best. Contact me 918-649-5736 or