Awe…some Monday’s Music Moves Me


Garden Shed

Okay, so this is more than the average backyard garden shed/greenhouse. This is the greenhouse of the Tulsa Garden Center at Woodward Park, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It sits on the grounds of the historic Snedden mansion. During the early part of the twentieth century oil was discovered in Oklahoma and vast fortunes were made. Tulsa became the oil capital of the world and there are a lot of magnificent estate homes that bear witness to the wealth that was present in this city. I took this photo in 2011. I was looking through some of my old files and found it so I thought I would share it with you. It is an awesome building. Have a blessed week.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

Gather ’round boys and girls. This week is a free choice week at Monday’s Music Moves Me so I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce you to some of the more eclectic tunes in my play list.

First up in Nathanael Rateliff and the Night Sweats. I first heard this band on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I immediately went to my computer and downloaded the album with this tune on it. Enjoy.

There has been a movement to return country music to it’s classic roots. The genre is called “Red Dirt” music because the bands that originated the sound came out of western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. If you have ever been west of Oklahoma City you will know why it’s called red dirt music. One of the groups goes by the name Red Dirt Rangers. Close your eyes and you can almost see Hank Williams Sr., Ernest Tubbs, and Bob Wills Texas Playboys. Here ya go.

Another “Red Dirt” band is Cross Canadian Ragweed. I don’t know much about them other than I like their sound. I can hear a little Nitty Gritty Dirt Band influence here and Lord knows we’ve all been sick and tired of being sick and tired.

A group that I just discovered is Dead South. I really like some of their work. There’s a little bluegrass, red dirt, and folk rock going on with these guys. Here the guys cover a classic from the sixties, House of the Rising Sun and to say it’s a little on the quirky side is putting it mildly, but I like their wardrobe, their musicianship, and the artistic video. They are the complete package.

Okay, let’s close this session out with a return to some classic blues/rock music. Virtually all of the original masters of blues are gone now and the baton has been passed to the current generation. Few people possess the guitar skills of Joe Bonamassa. Here he covers the BB King classic, “The Thrill is Gone”. Have a blessed week all.


25 thoughts on “Awe…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

  1. I thought from the description that “red dirt” would be a lot like “Bakersfield sound” (e.g. Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam) but this goes back even further, doesn’t it?

    And Joe Bonamassa is an incredible player. ‘Nuff said.

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  2. Driller,

    The only mewsician I know by name in this set is Joe Bonamassa. I think John introduced him to me but I can’t swear to it. He sounds like the best likely candidate since he loves guitar mewsic. 🙂 All of the other mewsicians are new-to-me and delightful finds I might add, especially Nathanael Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Dead South definitely don’t look like all the other boys but I’m digging their “House of the Rising Sun” cover. Great ‘your choice song picks’ you have spinning for us on the dance floor today, my friend. Have a boogietastic week! 🙂

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  3. I love that greenhouse, for both photographing it, the fountain and pool, and front of it and the many interesting plants and flowers in it.

    I’ll have to check out some of your music selections. I love Cross Canadian Ragweed, they are a little quirky.

    Have a great week!!

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  4. It’s been soooooooooo many years since I’ve been to Tulsa; I think I was to Woodward Park but perhaps not – if I am ever in the area again, I will. That was awesome! As for music, I echo another commenter – Joe Bonamassa was the only musician here I knew from name although I know you have also exposed me to Dead South. They are pretty unforgettable.

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    1. Tulsa will always be considered my hometown and will always and forever hold that special place in my heart and mind. Yes, Mr. Bonamassa is in a special class of musicians, but I really like what Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats are doing.


  5. greyzoned/angelsbark

    Oh wow, Joe Bonamassa blows me away. He’s amazing. He does a great job with this cover. I could listen to him all day long. So glad you included him in your post because I haven’t listened to any of his music lately. He’s incredible!

    Thanks also for the introduction to Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

    I wasn’t familiar with the Red Dirt genre so that was cool to learn about. I enjoyed both of your Red Dirt picks. Love the band names too, Red Dirt Rangers and the Cross Canadian Ragweed!
    I can certainly relate to some of the lyrics in your song selections (“sick and tired of being sick and tired”…Yep, I’m right there! And Nathaniel’s Rateliff’s line about “I need to never get old” — that would be nice, wouldn’t it? That and winning the Powerball jackpot… Dream on…)

    Enjoy your Sunday.
    See you shortly for this coming week’s 4M…

    Michele at Angels Bark

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