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Top 5 Emerging Oklahoma Songwriters


Oklahoma is rich with material for folk music. It’s where hardheaded pioneers met hardscrabble conditions; where tradition and progress converge and conflict; where tornadoes sweep across the plains; and where the dusty open road beckons from all directions. Songs from the state continue to seep into the psyche of the American songwriter, and often-covered pieces like Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” Henson Cargill’s “Skip a Rope,” J.J. Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze,” and Cale’s high school band mate, Leon Russell’s “Queen of the Roller Derby” have influenced even the most diverse writers. (Read the Top 5 List here.)

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