Buddy Pruitt and the Roughnecks - “Gonna have a Rodeo in Poteau”
Before I get to Live Music events, I really need to take a walk down memory lane. When I saw the “Poteau Frontier Rodeo” promoted last week, I was taken back to the early 70’s. I had the privilege to get to play with The Carnation Milk Co. Band on a couple of tours to promote the rodeo playing with a couple of talented musicians, Buddy Baker and Slats Cooper. Buddy was the voice and face of Carnation milk in our area. And he drove the truck that delivered milk, too. He had a Saturday morning radio show on KLCO for several years. Buddy was the best Pedal steel guitar player around. Slats Cooper, McCurtain, Oklahoma, played guitar and was a seasoned vet of Dances from Bokoshe to Moffett and beyond. I played a Wurlitzer portable organ and my friend, Tony Joe Maidic played drums. The “tour” was on a 2 ½ ton flatbed truck. It would stop on every mainstreet of every small town in LeFlore county that we could fit into a Saturday, find a place on Main Street to plug an extension cord in and a 1 anna 2 anna, the show started. We just played for about 20 minutes and KLCO would keep the listeners informed as to the time and place of the next performance. Just a great memory!
We played a few Buck and Merle songs but always the theme song - “Poteau Rodeo” that is on you-tube. It was recorded in Ft. Smith around 1960(?) by “Buddy Pruitt and the Roughnecks”. Good song and fair singing but Buddy was backed by studio musicians. I suspect that Ben Jack and Gene Gassaway helped, and I would love to find out more about that band. I will ask Terry Anderson about it!
Buddy Pruitt was an Oilfield consultant of that era and was knocking down some big money for that time. He could afford to pay studio musicians and for recording time. Rumor had it that if ya worked on a rig with him or wanted his services, then ya bought his records. He recorded 6 singles including “Oilfield Gambling”, “Black Gold Diggers” and “I’ll take Christmas at Home” that can all be found on you-tube.
And while researching for the Poteau Rodeo theme, another local singer popped up, Lucky Plank. From the 50’s and 60’s Lucky was from the Sallisaw area with “Hey, Hey Baby” released on a 45. It got some airplay on local stations for a while. Anybody remember Lucky?
Live Music this week - Dawn’s Diner will have Scot Francis for Friday 29th and Saturday 30th with a friend or two lending a hand. Music starts at 7 pm.
Grannie’s Nightmare brings R&R to La Heurtas’ outside stage on Friday the 29th from 7 til 10 pm. Then, Saturday the 30th, they will be at Joe’s Cantina and Grill from 7 til 9 pm.
Oklahoma Moon will be playing in the main entrance at Choctaw Casino/Pocola on Friday the 29th. The Showtime Jamboree in Pocola will be on Saturday the 30th from 7-9 pm. This month’s featured guest will be Miss Sara Spencer from Tahlequah. I hear she can play anything with strings and sings like a nightingale. It’s very family friendly, NS/ND and snacks/drinks are available. There is a door prize drawing and a 50/50, too. The show and atmosphere are well worth the $10 cover.
“Live Wire” featuring Felisha McKenzie will be in Poteau on Saturday the 30th. This band has gotten tighter and more balanced on every gig. All the hard work and practice is paying off. So check’em out at Joe’s Place. Music from 9pm til 1 am.
Libby Starkes and the Stray Dawgs will be at Crocky’s Cafe in Hackett. Great place to grab a bite, a cool drink and listen to some awesome music. Music from 7-11 pm on Saturday the 30th.
The Peacemaker Festival takes place this Friday 29th and Sat. 30th, down at Riverfront Park Amphitheater by the Arkansas River. Gates will be opened at 4 pm on both days. Six hours of some of the best Americana, Red Dirt, Outlaw Country with Zach Bryan being Top billed on Friday nite and “Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real” closing out the festival on Saturday! Tickets are sold out so beware of any that are for sale online. There are a few fake tickets offered. The best advice I can give you is get your tickets for the 2023 Festival early.
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