friday, sept. 10, 2010
Band to bring country Texans to roots to county fair grace Sooner By Andrew W. Griffin Pop writer
The one band performing at the Cleveland County Free Fair this year that is staying true to the roots of country music is the Noblebased Justin Fox Band. Pop recently spoke to Fox, the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the quartet. “I’ve been playing since I was about 15,” Fox said. And for the past six years, Fox has had a fairly steady line-up of musicians backing him up, which currently include lead guitarist Rich Wells, bassist Dean Dull and his brother Sean Fox on drums. Inspired by well-known country legends ranging from George Strait to Waylon Jennings to Merle Haggard, Justin Fox , 31, said he likes to mix up a typical set with cover songs and originals, which include “Gravel Road,” “Livin’” and “Common Girl.” Fox said the JFB has opened up for well-known artists like the Randy Rogers Band, Earl Thomas Conley, Wade Bowen and the Red Dirt Rangers. Fox, who works for the City of Norman, is also a
Theatre stage By Stephanie Royce special to pop
The Noble-based Justin Fox Band will perform 8:30 p.m. today at the Cleveland County Free Fair, located off Robinson Street. “third generation auctioneer and team roper.” He said he has worked hard at creating a following. “We play a little bit of everywhere … Texas, but mostly we try to stay in Oklahoma. We play all kinds of events,” he said, noting that they have even played at Oklahoma City’s popular Wormy Dog Saloon. One event he has played a couple of years in a row is the “Boots and Bandanas” country-themed event at the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion. Fox said he met Gov. Brad Henry and that
If you go The Justin Fox Band will play 8:30 p.m. today at this year’s Cleveland County Free Fair, located off Robinson Street.
the event is “cool.” “Everybody enjoyed it,” Fox said. Being that he sticks to the classic country sound, rather than the more modern, pop-country style, Fox said they have a pedal steel or fiddle player with them from time-to-time,
but “they couldn’t make it” to the gig at the Cleveland County Free Fair. “If anything, I tell everybody that we’re one of the few bands left around here that plays the old-style, classic country music these days,” Fox said. “We’ve been doing this for quite a while now.” Fox said an album of original material is in the works and that folks can expect to enjoy live shows where the music takes center stage. “I just play because I love music. I take it seriously, though,” he said.
Sooners usually aren’t big fans of Texas during football season, but music lovers will surely make an exception in September when two dynamic Texas musicians take the stage at The Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main Street in downtown Norman. September 18, Bugs Henderson, the Texas native who has played with such guitar icons as B.B. King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, Ted Nugent, Roy Buchanan and James Burton will take The Sooner Theatre stage for a special performance beginning at 8 p.m. Henderson’s mixture of blues, jazz, swing, funk and more show off his musical artistry, a gift he generously shares with his audience at every performance. Henderson’s guitar hangs in Hard Rock Café in Dallas, alongside instruments donated by Lee Ritenouer and Chet Atkins. This show is presented by Rusty Sullivan and Kendall’s
Restaurant.Tickets are $25, $20 and $15. The following week, on Sept. 24,The Sooner Theatre kicks off its 20102011 Main Event Concert Series with a show by another native Texan, Grammy-Award winner Delbert McClinton, beginning at 8 p.m. McClinton fuses rootsbased rock, rhythm and blues, and country-flavored honky-tonk, in his unique musical blend, which is pared with his gravelly vocals and sensitive lyrics.The intensity of McClinton’s live performances hits a chord with audiences of diverse musical tastes.Tickets are $40, $35 and $30. Main Event Concert Series season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 3219600 or in person at the theatre box office 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Tickets for Henderson, a special add-on performance, are now available with the purchase of season tickets.
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