Local Musicians Debut on Bookstore Songwriters Series


November 30 – It might not be Nashville, Austin or Los Angeles, but the city of Tahlequah is a city of music, home to a number of talented singers and songwriters. And this season, art lovers have the opportunity to have an intimate and personal experience with musicians.

Too Fond of Books began its holiday songwriting series Monday night, when local artist Hannah Fell performed live at the bookstore.

“One of our big goals is to support the arts in our community in any way we can,” said Daniel Tye, director. “Obviously we support the written arts very strongly, but we just like to support people who create different things. “

The bookstore was visited by several authors for signing sessions and to discuss their work. This was the company’s first step in the music business, as the staff wanted to shine a light on the region’s budding artists.

“We just wanted to focus on Oklahoma songwriters and thought the holiday season was a good time to bring local talent to the store and share their work with us,” Tye said. “It’s kind of a test run, so we hope it goes really well so that we can continue doing songwriter sessions throughout the winter and spring.”

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The new Main Street bookstore provided an intimate setting for the musician on Monday, as Fell sat outside the store with her keyboard on. Her voice bounced off the floor and echoed through the shelves, and between songs she had the chance to tell the crowd about her song choices and inspiration.

Tye said he wants the series to have a similar feel to VH1’s “Storytellers”, but the format is left to the artist’s discretion.

“It’s a small store, so we can only have about 40 people here,” he said. “If they just want to play songs all the time, they are more than welcome to do so. If they want to talk about how they develop songs and the process that goes with it, they are welcome to do that as well. .. We’re just going to give them a lot of artistic freedom with it. “

Other artists to feature in the songwriter series include Autumn Ragland on December 6; RC Edwards, December 13; and Mike McClure, December 20. Ragland has been gaining traction in the area for several years, having performed at music festivals like Diamond Stone and famous venues like Cain’s Ballroom. She and her band Ragland recently released two new singles.

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Edwards is a longtime member of the Turnpike Troubadours, which recently turned heads when the group replaced their main homepage on their website with an image of their logo and the words “Coming Soon”. For many fans, this is a sign that the group could be planning a big announcement after their 2019 hiatus.

Since then, however, Edwards has assembled his own troupe, RC & the Ambers, who released an album earlier this year and plans to perform at Cain’s Ballroom this weekend.

Mike McClure leads the Mike McClure Band as well as The Great Divide, which gained popularity among country fans in the 1990s and 2000s.

“He lives in Texas now, but he’s originally an Oklahoma songwriter,” Tye said. “He’s been around for a few decades and even wrote songs for Garth Brooks that Garth Brooks recorded and put on albums.”

You are invited

Too Fond of Books songwriter sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. at 162 N. Muskogee Ave. Guests can purchase tickets on eventbrite.com or at the door on the night of the concert.

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