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Monday, July 5, 2010

Thank you to all who came out to my CD release party at the Blue Dome Diner, and made it such a success, and thanks to Brian, at the Blue Dome Diner for a wonderful space and good food. To the band, an all-star cast, a hearty "kudos" to you. You guys and gals are the best.

I also want to thank Donna Meier for taking some great photos throughout the night. I can't say enough about her love for photography and music. She is a talent.

I had a great time playing music with friends and family. There was an air of anticipation and excitement all day, as I prepared for this event, as well as alot of sweat.

It is amazing how much work goes into putting something like this together, but well worth it. When I looked out over the audience and saw the familiar faces and a few new faces, I felt an overwhelming since of gratitude that I get to do what I do and that the people of Tulsa support live music like you do.

Sometimes I hear folks complain that Tulsa doesn't support its music, but the truth is there are just not enough people living in the city to support everything that is going on musically, on almost any given night, or at least from Wed through Sunday. We have nearly an embarrassment of musical talent in all genres. Many musicians in this town cross pollinate with other bands just to make a living. I know a certain bass player in town who plays with about 8 bands, just to make a living. All I am saying is, the dedicated artists in this town work hard at their craft.

My son, Jesse, was telling me the other day that often he is asked to play for free for some event, which he frequently does, as do so many musicians in Tulsa. I can't help but wonder though, if there is a perception by many who work more mainstream jobs, that being a musician isn't hard work or even real work. Well, take it from me, a person who doesn't even play music full-time, it is hard work. I have seen how hard my own sons work to create, promote, and perform their music. It is a full-time job if you are dedicated.

So what's next, hmm, well for now I am writing new material and working on getting set up with Dianna Burrup's, Caslon Publishing. I am also preparing for and promoting two new House Concerts in July.

Nathan Pickard and his wife Kristen are hosting Shotgun Party, a band out of Austin in the great tradition of Bob Wills and Hot Club of Cowtown. The musicianship alone, would be enough, but the singer Jenny Parrot is icing on the cake.
Then on Friday July 30th, I have the privilege of bringing David Olney, a legendary singer/songwriter who has been covered by some of my favorite singers including Nanci Griffith and Emmylou Harris. If you know Emmylou's record "Wrecking Ball", he wrote "Deeper Well".

He will be travelling with Sergio Webb, mulit-instrumentalist sideman, who is the perfect compliment to David's music.

I caught David and Sergio at the Folk Alliance and they blew my socks off. Olney was part old testament prophet and part primordial blues man. His energy was astounding, and all of this from a gentleman that is, dare I say, older than me. It gives this old 50 something songwriter hope.

This show will be at the Cafe Cubana at 1328 E. 15th St. We are trying a new venue for a change, just to spread the joy.

For more information, and details about these two shows you can go to the House Concerts Unlimited or Folk Salad links to the side of the page here.

Monday, April 26, 2010

It has been a long time in the making, but my new CD "Foxhole Radio" is completed and ready for release. I am celebrating with a CD release party. Here is my CD Press Release about the event:

What: CD Release Party for Scott Aycock's sophomore release of his CD "Foxhole Radio". Where: Blue Dome Diner- 313 E. 2nd St. Tulsa When: Thursday, May 20th Time: Doors open 7pm. show starts 8pm. Cost: $10.00 (students $5.00) (children under 12 free) Possible Musicians appearing: Rocky Frisco, Three Penny Upright, Steve Pryor, Jared Tyler, Jesse Aycock, Travis Fite, David Bernson, Dianna Burrup, Randy Crouch, Rich Fisher, Don Geesling, Jeff Graham, Brad James, Steven Lee, Josh Massad, Ron McRorey, J. Pat Murphy, Dustin Pittsley, Sharla Pember, Carolyn Schad, Tom Skinner, Monica Taylor, Don Morris and Dylan Layton. Scott Aycock, Tulsa, singer/songwriter and local radio host and producer of the popular Folk Salad radio program, which airs weekly on KWGS and KOSU, is releasing his second CD, "Foxhole Radio".

Scott has been writing, singing and performing songs for 25 years. He won first place in the 2005 Ozark Mt. Folk Festival songwriting contest, and 3rd place in the 2006 International Billboard Songwriting Contest. The 1st place win was for the song "Ballad Of Frank Dean" off his 2000 debut CD release, "Pennies On The Track" and the 3rd place win in the "rock" category was for "Thousand Headlights", a song that is just now being released on his 2010 CD release, "Foxhole Radio".

The new CD features 12 original songs written and sung by Scott, who plays
acoustic guitar throughout. When asked about the band, Scott smiles and says, "well for this project I didn't have a band of my own, so I did something I had been wanting to do for awhile and brought in some of my favorite Oklahoma musicians, spanning generations and musical genres to help me flesh out these songs." Scott added, "the making of this CD is in line with our mission on "Folk Salad- Certified Organic Music", in that we are trying to make folks aware of the rich diversity of great musical talent we have right here in our own state. This CD "Foxhole Radio" is just another way to spread that message. Counting myself, there are 25 Oklahoma musicians that lent their talent to this project."

This project included Scott's well know singer/songwriter son Jesse Aycock, who played
electric guitar and sang back-up vocals on several tracks, as well as gave valuable feedback into the post-production work of the CD. Other local musicians involved were Don Geesling who did the sound engineering and basic production for the project as well as played most of the keyboards and all of the bass on the project. Travis Fite of Soul Tree Studio, co-produced the CD with Scott and did all of the mixing, with some additional mixing from multi-talented singer/songwriter, Jared Tyler. Jared also played Dobro and sang harmony on the CD and Travis contributed vocal harmonies, mandolin, and acoustic guitar to the project.

Other Oklahoma musicians contributing their gifts to this CD are Steve Pryor, Randy Crouch, David Bernson, Ron McRorey, Jeff Graham, Sharla Pember, Rocky Frisco, Dustin Pittsley, Monica Taylor, Tom Skinner, Rich Fisher, and many more. "So you can see," says Scott, "this CD is as much a celebration of the rich heritage of Oklahoma Musicians, as it is my songs."
Scott is celebrating his sophomore release, "Foxhole Radio", by having a CD Release Party at The Blue Dome Diner, 313 E. 2nd Street, on May 20th, at 8pm. The doors will open at 7pm, and dinner will be served throughout the evening. Scott's core band for this gig will consist of Ron McRorey- drums, Dylan Layton-guitar, and Don Morris- bass. Many more of the guest musicians from the CD, will be there to perform as well.

The cost for this event is $10.00. Cost for students is $5.00 and children under 12 get in free.
"We will kick off the night performing songs off the new CD, and after that it will just be a night of all-star performances by the various musicians that show up for the event," says Scott.

Scott, also, is planning to have a table set up with stickers, buttons, and placards supporting "Musicians for
Smoke Free Oklahoma" a grass roots organization his wife Margee Aycock began a few years back, to try to garner support for removing all smoking from bars. This is to promote the health of the workers and the musicians who work in those establishments, and to promote an environment where non-smokers and smokers alike can come out an enjoy great music. Folks can sign-up to pledge support for this important cause and can even donate money to the American Cancer Society.