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Memories of Leon Russell

Memories of Leon Russell

A lot of Tulsa residents are glum today. That’s because songwriter and session musician Leon Russell died in his sleep at age 74, it was announced Sunday. Russell was Tulsa’s favorite musical son. He certainly became the city’s most prominent…

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New Bob Dylan artwork features Route 66

New Bob Dylan artwork features Route 66

A new show, “The Beaten Path,” at a gallery in London features Bob Dylan artwork that includes several images of Route 66. The Halcyon Gallery is showing the famed singer-songwriter and recent Nobel laureate’s acrylic paintings, sketches and watercolors of American…

Hello from Seligman

Hello from Seligman

It’s good to see Joe Clark still busking in front of the Rusty Bolt store along Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona. A few videos of him performing are floating around the Internet. This spirited cover of Bobby Troup’s most famous…

Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Harley Russell documentary premieres Saturday at short-film festival

Filmmaker March Mercanti will premiere his documentary about Harley Russell of the Mediocre Music Makers in Erick, Oklahoma, on Saturday at the San Jose International Short Film Festival. The nearly 14-minute film is titled simply “Harley.” Here is the summary: Despite living…

Another band takes inspiration from Route 66

Another band takes inspiration from Route 66

It appears we can add another music group that takes a lot of inspiration from Route 66. It’s the Mother Road Trio, based in the Route 66 town of Flagstaff, Arizona. It’s got a new album, “On Route 66,” coming…

Singer’s new music video is a postcard from Tucumcari

Singer’s new music video is a postcard from Tucumcari

Albuquerque native and pop-country singer Alex Stern released a music video for her song “Runaways” a few days ago. The video shot by Randy Shaffer practically is a love letter to the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico. It…

New song by Chely Wright mentions Tucumcari

New song by Chely Wright mentions Tucumcari

Not only does the new song by Chely Wright about a truck-stop waitress evoke the open road, but it mentions the small-but-classic Route 66 town of Tucumcari, New Mexico, about halfway through. Here it is. The song is called “Mexico.”…

Scenes from the Best of the West on 66 Fest Parade

Frank Kocevar, former co-owner of Historic Seligman Sundries in Seligman, Arizona, recently uploaded this from the Best of the West of 66 Fest in Kingman, Arizona. Grand marshals for the parade were Dries Bessels and Marion Flimm of the Dutch…

Glenn Frey tribute statue unveiled in Winslow

Glenn Frey tribute statue unveiled in Winslow

It took a day later than expected, but the Glenn Frey tribute statue was unveiled Saturday at the Standin’ on the Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona. Hundreds of people — along with about an equal number of smartphones — attended the unveiling.…

New Tulsa mural features Bob Wills, Route 66

A photo posted by Mary Beth Babcock (@marybethbabcock) on Sep 11, 2016 at 5:08pm PDT A new, huge mural at Third and Greenwood in downtown Tulsa pays tribute to Western swing icon Bob Wills and Route 66. The mural is…

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