Not since Leon Russell and Joe Cocker did the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour will such a distinguished and talented group of players take center stage in a performance. It will happen Nov. 4 at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Concert & Induction Ceremony.
Oklahoma artist and legendary drummer Jamie Oldaker has put together a star-studded band to accompany him on stage in concert and to celebrate his induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Accompanying Jamie Oldaker will be Grammy Award-winning drummer David Teegarden Sr., Jimmy “Junior” Markham, Dick Sims, Walt Richmond, original Tulsa Sound drummer Chuck Blackwell, Jim Byfield, guitarist Steve Hickerson, Tractors member KC Van Beek, Larry Bell, Bill Davis and IJ Ganem.
Teegarden Sr. has played with Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band and is currently working on a new Teegarden & VanWinkle album called Radioactive. Blues harmonica player Markham has played with a wide-range of talented artists including Bobby Taylor, Tommy Crook, Bill Snow, Jackie Dunham, Flash Terry and Feathers. World-renowned keyboardist Dick Sims will play with Oldaker along with pianist Walt Richmond who has toured with Bonnie Raitt and is currently on tour with Eric Clapton. Songwriter Jim Byfield of Brothers of the Night, who has written songs for Eric Clapton, will join the group on Nov. 4 as well.
Other artists being inducted and performing Nov. 4 are Sam Harris, Jean Shepard and Les Gilliam. The event is at the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston Street in Muskogee. Tickets for the 2010 Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Concert & Induction Ceremony are on sale now.
To order tickets go to www.omhof.com or call 918-687-0800. Tickets start at $10 for general admission and range from $25 to $50 for reserved seating, plus handling charges. tickets are also available for individuals for $175 and for groups for $1,200 for eight tickets. tickets include an invitation to a reception prior to the Concert & Induction ceremony.
Jamie Oldaker, is a native of Tulsa, Okla. Born in 1951, he began playing the drums at the age of nine after hearing a recording by jazz great Gene Krupa. In 1971, Oldaker joined Bob Seger’s band and worked with him through 1974 when he joined Eric Clapton’s band during the 461 Ocean Boulevard sessions. He remained with Clapton’s band through 1980 and joined for a second stint from 1983 to 1986. He was a founding member of the Tractors, who reached platinum with their self-titled debut album on Arista Records in 1994. Oldaker directed an all-star album, Mad Dogs & Okies, featuring songs written by Oklahoma natives. Throughout his career Oldaker has earned 24 Gold and Platinum albums.
Sam Harris, born in Cushing, Okla. and raised in Sand Springs, Okla., has spent more than two decades in the public eye with a career including singing, acting, writing, producing and directing. He became a household name during the premiere season of Star Search when 25 million viewers tuned in week after week to follow him. In an oversized tailcoat and Converse sneakers, Harris sang an emotionally charged version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” winning the grand prize and the hearts of America. Since his debut, Harris has recoded nine studio albums and sold multi-millions. He has toured extensively in concert and has played to sold-out audiences at major venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre and London’s West End.
Jean Shepard, born in Pauls Valley, Okla., was a pioneer for women in country music. She starred in the first network country music show, The Ozark Jubilee. Shepard was also the first female in country music to sell a million records, first country music female to make a color television commercial and the first female country singer to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years. She has recorded more than 35 albums and charted 44 hits including “The Dear John Letter” and “Many Happy Hangovers.”
Les Gilliam was recognized by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1998 as the official “Oklahoma Balladeer.” A native of Gene Autry, Okla., Gilliam is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. He has recorded 14 albums featuring western swing and country music with lyrics that tell a story. Gilliam has also won many awards including the Governor’s Arts Award from Gov. Brad Henry and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gene Autry Museum.
About the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
To date, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame & Museum has honored more than 50 individuals or groups for their talents and contributions to the music industry, including inductees into the prestigious Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. For more information, visit the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame at www.omhof.com or 918-687-0800.