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JD Simo and Byron Berline performing in person and via live-stream this week from Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom

JD Simo [Photo provided]
JD Simo [Photo provided]

TULSA – Versatile blues guitarist and singer-songwriter JD Simo and Guthrie fiddle legend Byron Berline will perform in-person and via free live-stream from the stage of historic Cain’s Ballroom through a collaboration with the nonprofit“Live From Cain’s.”

 Simo will perform at 7 tonight, and Berline will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Tickets for both socially distanced, limited capacity shows are available online at and are sold only in reserved tables of four. Guests are required to comply with a COVID-19 protocol, according to a news release. 

The free live-streams are hosted on the Cain’s Ballroom Facebook page, with the support of White Claw Hard Seltzer, at

“We’re pleased to offer these limited capacity, socially-distanced shows for our fans. Combining them with a free live-stream provides a wonderful alternative for those who would prefer to listen from home,” says Chad Rodgers, who operates the family-owned venue along with his brother Hunter Rodgers, in a statement. 

“JD Simo is a powerhouse performer whose energy will translate well through a livestream, and what could be better than seeing bluegrass and Western swing hero Byron Berline and his band on the stage of the Cain’s Ballroom, the ‘Home of Western Swing?’”

For the live-streams, Tulsa’s Phil Clarkin Photography, Press Pause Films, Midwest Drone Productions, and the Cain’s Ballroom crew are providing a cinematic virtual experience by using a multi-cam HD production (including drones and wireless cameras), an expert sound engineer and professional lighting.  

For tickets and information, visit

Simo melds classic electric blues, the power of heralded British trios like Cream, and the expansive sonic explorations of jazz and even The Grateful Dead into a vintage vibe that blurs the lines between genre and generations. His remarkable talent has earned Simo opportunities to share the stage with many notable headliners, including Big Head Todd, Tommy Emmaunel, Blackberry Smoke and Phil Lesh & Friends. For more information, go to

Byron Berline plays inside the new location for his Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, Okla., Friday, July 5, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman Archives]
Byron Berline plays inside the new location for his Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, Okla., Friday, July 5, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman Archives]

A three-time National Fiddle Champion, Berline chose a music career after earning a bachelor of arts from the University of Oklahoma, where he entered on a football scholarship before turning to track and throwing the javelin. He has played fiddle with bluegrass legends Bill Monroe, Dillard and Clark and Country Gazette. After moving to Los Angeles in 1969, Berline became one of the most popular fiddlers in the music business with list of performing and recording credits that includes The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, The Band, The Byrds, Elton John, Alabama, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, Mason Williams, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and fellow Oklahoman Vince Gill. 

Berline also has extensive television and movie soundtrack credits, and he has appeared in "Star Trek," "Back to the Future III" and "Basic Instinct.: Berline’s own solo albums include his highly acclaimed 1996 release, "Fiddle & A Song," with guest performances from Gill, Mason Williams, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe. The album was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Album of the Year and Best Song of the Year. Berline has owned the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, Oklahoma since 1995, opening a new location last year after the original shop burned to the ground in February 2019. For more information, go to

 “Live from Cain’s” is a nonprofit endeavor that combines live music with thought-provoking and entertaining conversations to create a new radio show concept originating from Tulsa’s Cain’s Ballroom for a national public radio audience. Last year, "Live From Cain’s" received a generous grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In May 2019, a live-to-tape production of a pilot episode was recorded in front of a live audience. The evening featured music and conversation with host Robbie Fulks, musical guest Bonnie Bishop, Bob Dylan guitarist Kevin Odegard and the “Live From Cain’s” House Band: Paul Benjaman & the Oklahoma Specials (Benjaman, John Fullbright, Travis Linville, Roger Ray, Paddy Ryan, Jeremy Watkins, Jennifer Marriott and Wanda Watson). This pilot will be packaged with an additional seven episodes to be recorded in 2020-2021. The series will be offered to public radio stations nationwide as the next step toward an eventual 26-episode season of broadcasts. 

VuHaus Group last week announced the addition of its newest affiliate, "Live From Cain’s" radio show. "Live From Cain’s" joins 20 of the most influential public media outlets as a member of VuHaus Group, a growing network of public radio music stations, national radio shows and TV stations that share a common mission to support emerging and local artists.

“We are thrilled to be a part of VuHaus Group and to be aligning ourselves with these exceptional public media outlets,” said Julie Watson, "Live From Cain’s" co-executive director, in a statement. “It’s a great opportunity for us to grow our audience and reach new music fans. We’re looking forward to this partnership.” 

"Live from Cain’s" now curates a new local Tulsa Page on the NPR Live Sessions site with their unique and engaging music video content, along with the “Live From Cain’s Sessions” that are hosted on the Cain’s Ballroom Facebook page

As a new public radio show, “’Live From Cain’s’ is a unique addition to the VuHaus Group network of public media affiliates,” said VuHaus Group brand manager Mike Henry, in a statement. “Kelly Burley was the long-time station manager at KOSU-FM in Stillwater and Julie Watson has worked in all facets of music promotion for two decades, so it’s wonderful to have their expertise in our group. Cain’s Ballroom is revered worldwide by artists, so I can’t wait to see their lineup once the venue is running full-steam again.”

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JD Simo [Photo provided]

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