Red Dirt

Roots Music Born in Oklahoma, Raised in Texas, At Home Anywhere

By Josh Crutchmer

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“It was just the first community of people where I felt accepted. I get to Stillwater, and people are interested in me playing and what I had to say. I didn’t know shit about writing songs, but that didn’t matter.”

CODY CANADA, singer, songwriter and lead singer of The Departed

“And all we ever wanted to do was what every band truly wants to do: Play your music for as many people as you can. But lots of tickets means lots of money, and lots of money means people start acting weird — both ways. It’s just gonna happen if you’re successful, unless you play all free shows. Nobody ever sits down and says, ‘Let’s go get rich.’ Maybe they do, but they wouldn’t be musicians anyway, they’d be entertainers. Most people that have the heart of a musician just don’t even think that way.”

JASON BOLAND, front man of Jason Boland and the Stragglers

“If Bob Childers is not in Nashville then, Garth Brooks would not be in Nashville today.”

GARTH BROOKS

“"The way they string words together up there is just so good. And they’ll tell you there’s nothing else to do, you either do drugs or you write a song. And occasionally you do both.”

JAMIE LIN WILSON, singer and songwriter

“I’d rather be driven by creativity than success. This is all I fucking want. I don’t want more people, necessarily. That’s what a childish person would want is more people and more money. I don’t want more people and more money. I want to make great art and to play with my pals.”

EVAN FELKER, singer, songwriter and front man of The Turnpike Troubadours

“That’s the beauty of writing. You get to be free in how you want to do it.”

MICKY BRAUN, singer, songwriter and front man of Micky and The Motorcars

“Any Okie band from Stillwater or really anywhere else who went to Austin, Texas, owes a huge debt to Jimmy LaFave. He was the first guy down. He planted the flag for every Okie who came after him. For that alone, he is to be exalted and held up high.”

JOHN COOPER, singer, musician and Red Dirt Rangers co-founder

“As a mentor, Radney Foster mentored me. Cody Canada mentored me. I was learned by people who cared about me. And I feel like it’s almost a duty to give back — to make sure nobody falls down a rathole they can’t get out of it.”

RANDY ROGERS, singer, songwriter and front man of the Randy Rogers Band

“I met so many people just in that one night, without even realizing what a huge turning point it was for me,” she said. “I just felt like I was in on this secret. I wasn’t supposed to be there, I wasn’t worthy of it. I just happened upon it.”

KAITLIN BUTTS, Oklahoma-born artist, reflecting on her introduction to Red Dirt.

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