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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
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Ex-Oklahoman Christian Kane has a sweet gig on the TV series ‘Leverage,’ so why would he clutter his schedule pursuing country?

Joshua Boydston May 4th, 2011

About 2,000 miles exist between Hollywood and Nashville, but that doesn’t mean country singer and actor Christian Kane won’t do his best to be in two places at once. Being both is a dream he’s had for most of his life, so he’s not about to let distance interfere.

“I’m still the 15-year-old kid sitting on the side of his bed dreaming that all this stuff would happen, so you make it work,” said Kane, who has a starring role on TNT’s hit series “Leverage,” opposite Timothy Hutton. “It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. If you really want something, you’ve got to visualize it, and I’ve been visualizing it every day for years and years.”

He was born in Texas, but raised in Oklahoma on a steady diet of Toby Keith and Garth Brooks. The entertainment bug bit him while attending The University of Oklahoma, so he decided to ditch school to pursue acting in California … but not before telling his father.

“I thought I was going to get punched in the face,” Kane said. “But he was so supportive. I couldn’t believe that this man sitting across from me, my dad, believed in me so much.”

Things moved relatively quickly, no doubt due to his versatility as a performer.

“I was auditioning for a show that called for a musician, and I got the part mostly because of it. I actually owe my whole acting career to me being a singer,” he said. “I just consider myself an entertainer. Forty, 50 years ago in Hollywood, you couldn’t even get a deal if you couldn’t sing and act.”

A string of roles — including the films “Friday Night Lights,” “Just Married” and “Secondhand Lions” — soon followed, but Kane still longed for a serious music career that offered things acting couldn’t.

“You do a show or you do a movie, and you are never there with the people you did it for. You don’t know if they laughed, cried or even liked what you did, but with singing, it’s immediate,” he said. “When you are onstage, putting yourself out there, and if people are digging it, they feed it back to you with energy and this immediate response.”

He’s performed since 1998, but only had time to record one fulllength, self-released album in 2000 in all those years. But things shifted into a higher gear last year, when Kane was able to follow through with a true label debut, “The House Rules.”

“We have the best fan base, and they’ve waited patiently for us to get music out,” he said. “The biggest thing was giving the people what they were owed. They’ve stuck around and been faithful for so long, and that was a beautiful day because I finally made good on my promise.”

Kane remains as active as ever — “Leverage” returns this summer for season four — and he intends on making the most of both.

“Yeah, I’m busy,” he said, “but it’s a good problem to have.”

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