6 Oklahoma entertainment headlines for the week, featuring Reba McEntire, Hanson, Woody Guthrie and more
From top celebrities to everyday folks, Oklahomans and Oklahoma stay in the entertainment headlines. Here's six times they've made show business news over the past week or so:
1. Hanson releasing "Perennial" new album.
Hot on the heels of the group’s successful first installment of monthly live-streaming concerts at Tulsa's historic Cain's Ballroom, pop-rock trio Hanson are inviting fans around the world to join them for the second chapter on Nov. 5 -7, which will coincide with the Nov. 6 release of the Tulsa band's new album "Perennial - A Hanson Net Collection."
As previously reported, the sibling trio's - Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson - hometown live-streaming concert series broadcasting live from the legendary venue features a new musical theme each month and offers live-streaming tickets along with limited in-person tickets for members of the band’s Hanson.net fan club. November’s musical theme for the concerts will be inspired by the new album, "Perennial," which highlights music recorded for the band’s Hanson.net community over the last 20 years, but never before shared with the public.
“For years, some of our favorite music that we’ve created has been the songs we write and produce for our Hanson.net members. These songs are diverse and reflect a part of our story which we’re extremely proud of, but know many fans have yet to discover,” said Zac Hanson in a statement.
The collection also features a new track recorded exclusively for the release, “Nothing Like A Love Song,” featuring a hypnotic groove and infectious melody.
“’Nothing Like A Love Song’ is all about feeling the simple power of a great groove and melody. Especially amidst a year of challenges for us all, we wanted to share a song that made you just want escape into the music,” said Isaac Hanson in a statement.
Since 2000, Hanson has cultivated an active community at Hanson.net, offering annual EPs recorded just for members, along with access to exclusive content, members only events, and perks like presale tickets, and meet & greets. The Hanson.net discography numbers more than 80 songs, including the 2020 EP "Continental Breakfast In Bed."
For more information and tickets to the Cain's Ballroom series, go to hanson.net/news/hanson-streaming-concert-series.
“The live-streaming shows have given us a great opportunity to share the live music experience with fans far and wide, while bringing attention to the importance of supporting local music venues like Cain’s. During a year of virtually no live concerts, every ticket helps to ensure great venues are able to keep their doors open,” said Taylor Hanson in a statement.
Further information on how people can get involved in advocating for their local venues as well as supporting the venues directly can be found at SaveOurStages.com.
2. Reba McEntire recalls "Fallin' Out of Love" at the Grand Ole Opry.
Watch Country Music Hall of Famer and Oklahoma native Reba McEntire revisit her 1991 hit "Fallin' Out of Love" at a recent show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
As previously reported, Reba, who hails from Chockie, released a 30th anniversary edition of her icon album, "Rumor Has It." Originally released in 1990, "Rumor Has It" features four Top 10 hits, including the album title track, “You Lie,” “Fallin’ Out Of Love” and her signature song, “Fancy.”
Also as previously reported, Reba, former Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, Alison Brown, Kane Brown, Carlene Carter, Rodney Crowell, Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris, Ashley McBryde, Tim McGraw, Keb’ Mo’, Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs, Country Music Hall of Fame member-elect Marty Stuart and The War and Treaty will be among the performers for Wednesday's "Big Night (At the Museum)." Benefiting Nashville's The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the ambitious digital fundraising concert will premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday and will be free to view on the museum’s YouTube channel.
3. Native American drama "Neither Wolf Nor Dog," starring OKC actor Richard Ray Whitman, returns to theaters.
The Native American drama "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" is returning to theaters as the coronavirus pandemic has Hollywood postponing its blockbuster titles and cinemas scrambling for films to draw in audiences.
Adapted from the novel by Kent Nerburn, "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" follows a researcher and author (Christopher Sweeney) as he examines modern Native American life on and around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Scottish director Steven Lewis Simpson's cinematic adaptation of the best-selling novel co-stars Oklahoma City actor Richard Ray Whitman. As a Yuchi tribal member, Whitman is enrolled in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Harkins Theatres - including OKC's Harkins Bricktown 16 - are bringing the film back for at least a week starting Friday. "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" played a successful two-week run at the Bricktown theater two years ago. To read The Oklahoman's 2018 review of the film, click here, and check out the trailer posted above (which has some strong language).
With the special circumstances, "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" is experiencing one of the longest first-run theatrical releases of any movie in U.S. cinemas in the past decade: almost four years, according to a news release.
Look for OKC showtimes for "Neither Wolf Nor Dog," go to www.harkins.com/locations/bricktown-16.
4. OneRepublic soars into "Clouds" with new single "Wild Life."
Tulsa native Ryan Tedder's Grammy-nominated band OneRepublic has released a starkly beautiful music video for its new single "Wild Life."
The song is from the new Disney+ movie "Clouds," newly released on the streaming service.
Inspired by a true story, “Clouds” centers on Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus) is a fun-loving high school student with raw musical talent living with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. At the start of his senior year, he is ready to take on the world. But when he receives the news that the disease has spread, he and his best friend and songwriting partner, Sammy (Sabrina Carpenter), decide to spend Zach’s limited time following their dreams.
With the help of Zach’s mentor and teacher, Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery), Zach and Sammy are given the chance of a lifetime and are offered a record deal. Along with the support of the love of his life, Amy (Madison Iseman) and his parents, Rob and Laura (Tom Everett Scott and Neve Campbell), Zach embarks on an unforgettable journey about friendship, love and the power of music. The movie is based on the book “Clouds: A Memoir” by Zach’s mother, Laura Sobiech.
5. Celebrate the 80th birthday of Oklahoma icon Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."
Tulsa's Woody Guthrie Center has released the full video of its virtual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival panel about the 80th birthday of Okemah native and the late, legendary folk songwriter Woody Guthrie's seminal song "This Land Is Your Land."
On Feb. 23, 2020, the Woody Guthrie Center celebrated the 80th anniversary of Guthrie writing “This Land is Your Land” with a concert at The Town Hall in New York City. The venue is just down the street from where Hanover House stood, where the corner Guthrie penned the song on Feb. 23, 1940, so the event was taking the song back to its origins. The show was a celebration of music, presented by musicians from all along that Ribbon of Highway who follow in Guthrie’s footsteps, using their art to inform and inspire.
In the discussion that follows a presentation of a special version of “This Land is Your Land” filmed during the concert, Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud talks with participating musicians: Tulsa superstar Branjae and Gangstagrass. You can watch just their dynamic version of "This Land Is Your Land below:
But the discussion is quite interesting and highlights a new wave of music fusion that tells stories of struggle and justice, and it is followed by a virtual tour of the center’s exhibit about the song and its 80th anniversary.
6. Let Trisha Yearwood "Carry You Home."
If it's been a rough week, let former Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood "Carry You Home" with the touching recently released video for her emotional ode.
As previously reported, Yearwood gave a powerful performance of the song for the "in memoriam" segment on last month's Academy of Country Music Awards. The song is from her 2019 album "Every Girl." To read my interview with Yearwood about the album, click here.