Remembering Joe Diffie one 12 months after his dying from COVID-19 problems
This week marked a tragic anniversary for nation music followers: It has been one 12 months since Joe Diffie died of COVID-19 complications.
The Oklahoma native and Grammy Award winner died March 29, 2020, on the age of 61. Simply two days earlier than his dying, Diffie turned the primary nation music star to disclose publicly that he had been recognized with the novel coronavirus.
A 12 months later, hundreds of Individuals have misplaced their lives to the pandemic, and the losses hit onerous at the same time as vaccines deliver renewed hope.
A Tulsa native, Diffie rose to nation music stardom within the Nineteen Nineties with a string of hits that included “John Deere Inexperienced,” “Pickup Man,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “Third Rock From The Solar,” “If The Satan Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “New Approach (To Gentle Up An Outdated Flame),” “Larger Than The Beatles,” “House,” “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Honky Tonk Perspective,” “So Assist Me Lady,” “Texas Measurement Heartache,” “A Night time To Keep in mind,” “It’s At all times Somethin’” and extra.
His music profession began when he was a pupil at Velma-Alma Excessive College, the place he was within the refrain for 2 years. He then sang with a gaggle, Genesis II, earlier than forming his personal band, Liquid Metal, according to a 1993 profile of Diffie in The Oklahoman.
In 1977, Diffie was voted most proficient male senior in addition to the senior male most probably to succeed and finest athlete at Velma-Alma. He was within the Lettermen’s Membership — for soccer, basketball and baseball — the Nationwide Honor Society and the Drama Membership.
He briefly attended Cameron College in Lawton earlier than working within the oil fields and at a Duncan foundry, whereas pursuing music on the aspect. He left Oklahoma for Nashville, Tennessee, in 1986 and labored on the Gibson guitar warehouse in Music Metropolis earlier than lastly getting a recording contract on the finish of 1989.
One of the profitable singer-songwriters of the ’90s, Diffie additionally penned hits for artists together with Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty and Jo Dee Messina. His profession included 13 albums and greater than 20 Prime 10 hits.
He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for greater than 25 years in addition to an inductee into the Oklahoma Music Corridor of Fame.
Earlier than his dying, he was celebrated within the hit track homages “1994” by Jason Aldean and “Raised On Nation” by Chris Younger.
On Monday, his son memorialized Diffie in an emotional letter he posted on his father’s Facebook page. Nation artists, followers and music journalists additionally paid homage to him on social media this week. And sure, it seems like somebody even painted a tribute on a water tower in “John Deere Inexperienced.”
Travis Linville releases top-tapping new single ‘Feeling We Used to Know’
Head into your weekend in a bouncy temper with Oklahoma singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Linville’s toe-tapping new single “Feeling We Used to Know,” which comes with a colourful new efficiency video.
It’s the second song we’ve heard from Linville’s forthcoming album, “I’m Still Here,” due out Might 21 through Black Mesa Data and available here for pre-order/pre-save.
Together with touring as a sideman for Texas roots-rocker Hayes Carll, Linville spent 2019 making new music in three recording classes throughout the nation. In January 2019, he headed to Memphis, Tennessee, to work on “I am Nonetheless Right here,” produced by fellow Oklahoma native JD McPherson.
“This track was written by my outdated buddy and former bandmate Jamie Kelley. We met again in 1995 and performed in a number of bands collectively over the following six years. We minimize our tooth as songwriting companions throughout the late ‘90s and this track is one in all his from that point,” Linville mentioned in an announcement. “Quick ahead to 2019 in Memphis: one in all my finest recollections of the recording session was enjoying this one out in the primary room with the blokes. Issues change and evolve and it’s straightforward to go searching and notice that you simply’ve utterly forgotten about why you began doing one thing within the first place. I’ve realized that no matter days you’re in precisely proper now will likely be ‘the nice outdated days’ before you notice. ‘Take all of the rock and roll on the earth and pawn it / if we might return to that feeling we used to know.'”
“Feeling We Used To Know” debuted on the latest episode of Apple Music’s Report Bin Radio present. Within the music video, Linville performs a customized Rick Kelley T-Model handmade by NYC’s Carmine Road Guitars — the neck wooden is reclaimed from the Chelsea Lodge and the physique from the constructing of now-defunct McGurk’s Suicide Corridor — and reveals off the talents which have made him such a valued musician right here in Oklahoma and past.
“I am Nonetheless Right here” is the follow-up to Linville’s EP “Sounds of the Street,” launched final fall.
Jesse Aycock’s ‘Previous Life’ provides greater than meets the ear
Tulsa musician Jesse Aycock’s new single “Previous Life” is greater than 4 1/2 minutes lengthy, however get able to play it on repeat a couple of instances. It is a Heartland rocker that invitations you to roll your home windows down and luxuriate in an Oklahoma springtime afternoon, however nearer listens will permit followers to understand the layered instrumentation and considerate lyrics.
“Previous Life” is the second song from the talented multi-instrumentalist’s upcoming self-titled album, which is due out April 16 on Tulsa-based Horton Data.
For extra data, go to www.facebook.com/JesseAycockBand.
Carrie Underwood’s mother remembers her well-known daughter’s Oklahoma childhood
Carole Underwood, mom of country music superstar and Checotah native Carrie Underwood, not too long ago appeared on the “At this time” present as a part of the sequence “By way of Mother’s Eyes,” the place she talked about her well-known daughter’s Oklahoma childhood, profitable stint on “American Idol” and movie star life.
She shared her recollections — together with her apparent pleasure in how Carrie has continued to support her hometown by building an animal shelter and donating to the schools — with “At this time’s” Sheinelle Jones, who was a Tulsa TV character when Carrie was making her successful “Idol” run.
“She simply actually had a present from God,” Carole Underwood mentioned of her daughter’s musical items as she recalled making glowing costumes for Carrie’s childhood expertise reveals.
“We by no means even thought of that she might win it in any respect, however no less than perhaps she might have some face and identify recognition, and she or he would get to be an anchor or one thing on one in all our native TV reveals in Tulsa.”
Her daughter has now offered hundreds of thousands of albums, launched a best-selling e-book and health clothes line, received seven Grammys and dozens of different awards and just released her first gospel album, “My Savior.” However her mom mentioned the famous person is similar grounded individual.
“You don’t notice that celebrities actually are simply individuals,” Carole Underwood mentioned. “They wash their garments. They fold their garments. … I simply don’t need her to alter how she is, and I believe she doesn’t.”
Carrie Underwood to sing with David Bisbal on Latin American Music Awards
Checotah native Carrie Underwood will make her debut on the Latin American Music Awards with Spanish famous person David Bisbal to carry out their bilingual duet “Tears of Gold” for the first time on television.
The 2 are additionally nominated for the award for Favourite Video for “Tears of Gold.”
The 2021 Latin AMAs will broadcast concurrently on Spanish leisure cable community Universo, and all through the Americas on Telemundo Internacional at 6 p.m. April 15.
It has been a 12 months of firsts for Underwood, who not solely sings in Spanish for the first time on “Tears of Gold” but additionally launched final week her first gospel album, “My Savior.”
Underwood also is planning “My Savior: Live From The Ryman,” a digital dwell live performance from the long-lasting Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, additionally identified all over the world because the “Mom Church of Nation Music.” The three-time Academy of Nation Music Entertainer of the Yr’s particular live performance occasion will stream dwell globally at www.facebook.com/carrieunderwood at 11 a.m. this coming Sunday, which is Easter, with donations benefiting Save the Kids.
Mike McClure’s ‘Change into Sometime’ video focuses on individuals from all walks
Red dirt music pioneer Mike McClure has launched the relatable music video for his new track “Change into Sometime.”
The largely black-and-white video options hanging pictures — some are classic, whereas others look to be extra modern — portraying individuals of all walks of life. The Ada singer-songwriter’s spouse, Chrislyn Lawrence, created the video for the earthy anthem.
The track is from McClure’s 2020 album “Looking Up,” which was his first album in 5 years.
The Imaginaries traverse Oklahoma landscapes for brand new video ‘Blue Sky’
Husband-and-wife Americana duo The Imaginaries — Maggie McClure and Shane Henry — once more showcase the sights of their dwelling state of their new “Blue Sky” music video.
The video options the Oklahoma couple making recollections throughout Anadarko, Edmond and Yukon and to Altus’ Whirlwind E-book Bar, Arcadia’s Spherical Barn and Lone Wolf’s Quartz Mountain State Park.
Oklahoma Metropolis landmarks within the video embrace Horn Dealer OKC, Kaiser’s Grateful Bean Cafe and Guestroom Data.
The sunset-pretty “Blue Sky” is from the newly launched self-titled album for their duo The Imaginaries, which was first recorded in fall 2018 within the legendary musical haven of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
St. Vincent shines with the psychedelic slow-burn of ‘The Melting of The Solar’
In case you’ve ever imagined a world the place Tulsa-born singer, songwriter and musician St. Vincent is a kaleidoscopic solar singing and shining down, has she bought a lyric video for you.
That is simply what’s concerned within the new visible for St. Vincent her psychedelic slow-burn track “The Melting of The Solar,” which is the second single from her upcoming album “Daddy’s House,” due out Might 14 on Caroline/Loma Vista. (Truthful warning: The track does embrace some robust language.)
To pre-order or pre-save “Daddy’s House,” go to lnk.ilovestvincent.com/DaddysHome.
The Grammy winner will return to “Saturday Night Live” because the musical visitor for this week’s episode of the venerable NBC sketch sequence. Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Black Panther”) would be the primary visitor for the episode.
OKC’s Communicate, Reminiscence shares heart-lifting reunion in ‘Trails’ video
Submit-rock band Communicate, Reminiscence’s pack a variety of human feelings within the guitar-driven instrumental “Trails,” which is accompanied by a ravishing video that includes a heart-lifting reunion.
The track will likely be featured on “Adirondack,” the band’s new three-track EP, due May 21 via OKC’s Clerestory AV. The EP was recorded dwell over three days in early December 2019 at Respiration Rhythm Studio in Norman. It was combined by their former bandmate — and 2020 indie music breakout star — Bartees Strange.
The Oklahoma Metropolis three-piece consists of Timothy Miller on guitar (and vocals on “Lakes”), Cody Fowler on bass (who additionally performs bass for the Bella Union-signed Horse Thief) and Jonathan Thomas on drums. They collectively the EP throughout 2018-19 whereas concurrently build up their profile in OKC music scene, enjoying reveals with the likes of TTNG, PVRIS, awakebutstillinbed, Free Throw, The Appleseed Solid, Greet Demise and extra.
To preorder “Adirondack,” go to www.clerestoryav.com/cav020