Thursday 24 Apr

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman


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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.


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Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.



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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



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Diamonds and Gasoline - Turnpike Troubadours

None February 11th, 2010

Turnpike Troubadours
Diamonds and Gasoline

Sparkly and fueled with fiery promise, the Turnpike Troubadours' aptly titled new album, "Diamonds & Gasoline," is a roots-rock gem that shines with bright songwriting and masterful musicianship.

Compared to "Bossier City," the Tahlequah sixpiece's 2007 debut, "Diamonds" shows significantly improved cut, color and clarity, but the 12-song disc is far from princess-cut pop-country.

Opening the record with banjos and fiddles, "Every Girl," written by front man Evan Felker and Oklahoma City singer/songwriter John Fullbright, pays tribute to the rare female who's both down-to-earth and down for anything' the kind of girl who'd "never fail to cut a trail whenever times are bad," a woman who's both "a flighty good-time buddy in a corner of a bar," and a companion that'd "fight the devil for ya just for being who you are."

"Kansas City Southern" and "The Funeral" are fun, upbeat and twangy, as is album closer "Long Hot Summer Days," a John Hartford cover that plods with fiddled flourish and harmonica accents. But despite the rowdy, plucking fun of such stormers, the Troubadours ramble the strongest when traveling the loneliest roads.

Unsettled and self-questioning, Felker's seams are frayed throughout the self-titled track, an album standout. Acknowledging to a lost love that he's not the "brightest bird that ever flew," the chorus is raw and exposed, restless on a bed of picked strings and steel guitar. "I would buy for you a diamond or myself some gasoline / If I can't afford you darlin', then I can't afford to dream," Felker sings. "Is it time I should be moving, is it time I settled down? / Will I sit still or will I feel the wheels spinning 'round?"

Turnpike Troubadours will debut "Diamonds & Gasoline" for audiences 10 p.m. Saturday at a CD release show with K.C. Clifford at The Blue Note, 2408 N. Robinson. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit"”Joe Wertz

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