Tuesday March 25th 2008, 4:21 am
Mixin’ With Tulsa
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Bassman extraordinaire, Matt Stoulil, gave us a musical tour of his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Matt plays bass for two of my favorite NYC bands, The Morning Pages and Alana Amram and the Rough Gems. You can catch him laying the beat at a number of upcoming shows, including the Mercury Lounge tonight with Alana.


The Ultimate Tulsa Mixtape, Vol. 1

1. Bob Wills- ‘Take me Back to Tulsa’
– Though not as majestic or maybe well-known as Wills’ ‘New San Antonio Rose,’ it’s THE song about Tulsa. My grandfather used to dance to the Bob Wills band in Tulsa at Cain’s Ballroom when he was a military academy cadet. This is where Western Swing was born. Yes!

2. JJ Cale- ‘After Midnight ‘
– The quintessential Tulsa Sound song, the one that put JJ Cale on the map, and gave Clapton a hit and a push into solo stardom when he covered it on his first record (‘Cocaine’ was also a Cale tune). Cale’s version is so good, it makes ‘laid back’ look hurried.

3. Leon Russell and the Shelter People- ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’
– The first song that made me fall in love with Leon. I was merely an Okie high schooler who knew little about the musical heritage of Tulsa and Oklahoma. It has this giant chorus that makes you feel alright, and Leon testifies!

4. Bread- ‘Everything I Own’
– Call it Soft Rock or AM Gold, but David Gates could crank out the hits, this being one of many for his group Bread, and a great one at that.

5. Elvin Bishop – ‘Fooled Around and Fell in Love’
– Okay, so I’m pulling out the ringers, but Elvin’s ‘Love’ is some killa ’70s radio shit!

6. The Dwight Twilley Band- ‘I’m on Fire’
-Talk about the birth of Power Pop! Twilley and Tom Petty came up together, and they seemed to share much of the same energy in the early days (they were also both on Leon’s label together)

7. GAP Band- ‘You Dropped a Bomb on Me’
– I shouldn’t have to say a word about this party jam…

8. Lowell Fulson- ‘Reconsider Baby’
– An oft-covered massive blues classic and huge hit for Fulson, who cut his teeth while drawing heavily on the Western Swing sounds of his native Tulsa. Ray Charles toured as Fulson’s pianist at one point, and ‘Fathead’ Newman blew sax on this session.

9. Lee Hazlewood- ‘These Boots are Made for Walkin”
– This Okie ex-pat penned this tune, and produced it for a miss Nancy Sinatra. Here is his deep-throated, sardonic, psych/country/pop rendition. Hazlewood’s resume speaks for itself. He was the first real music business maverick genius.


10. Hanson- ‘MMMBop’ (Editorial note…..yes!!!!)
– These fellas are all grown up, and still doing it. I know you wanna hate on those Hansons…

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