In honor of those affected by heart disease, this Friday is National Wear Red Day. We wear red and listen to some Red Dirt Country music.
1. “Red Dirt Road” by Brooks & Dunn
The well-known Brooks & Dunn, a.k.a. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn got together back in 1990 as independent singer-songwriters. The two rich, tenor voices blended together for about 20 years until they called it quits in 2010. In 2011, Dunn launched his solo career. He now joins Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, and Reba McEntire on Big Machine Label Groupâ€™s, “Nash Icon.”
2. Jason Boland & The Stragglers
Jason Boland & The Stragglers is a group of five Red Dirt country music playing Oklahoma boys. The group consists of Jason Boland (vocals and guitar), Cody Angel (lead guitar, pedal steel, dobro), Brad Rice (drums), Grant Tracy (bass), and Nick Worley (fiddle and mandolin). The group originated in Stillwater, Oklahoma when Boland and Rice met while attending Oklahoma State University.
3. “Heaven & Hell” by The Red Dirt Rangers
This year is going to be a good one for The Red Dirt Rangers as they commemorate 25 years of playing music together. They are celebrating the only way they know how, by cranking out more content for their loyal fans. With new album Lone Chimney coming soon, and a tour set to cover Oklahoma, New York City, Washington DC and Philadelphia, The Red Dirt Rangers will continue to share their Red Dirt Music.
4. “River Road” by Jimmy LaFave
While born in Wills Point, Texas, it wasnâ€™t long before this Red Dirt country star found himself in Stillwater, Oklahoma. LaFave often sings about â€œThe Farm,â€ which was a vacant piece of land in Stillwater where local musicians would gather to play music. This space that served to bring together musicians from different backgrounds, talent and personality were a spiritual refuge to artists like LaFave and the Red Dirt Rangers. His latests work was his album released in 2015 titled, The Night Tribe.
5. “The Gypsy Cafe” by Bob Childers
Ending a Red Dirt playlist right is Bob Childers, dubbed the god father of Red Dirt music. Childers lived from Nov. 20, 1946 â€“ April 22, 2008, but still continues his widespread legacy being compared to artists like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Childers, who was a life-long smoker, succumbed to a four year battle against lung disease in 2004. In efforts to raise funds for his medical bills, Chris Maxwell of Binky Records compiled a three-disk CD containing tracks from over 50 artists who volunteered versions of popular Childersâ€™ songs.
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