“North of Austin/West of Nashville:Red Dirt Music”

A Documentary Film,

Cameron University in Lawton, OK has a unique summer class, “Producing the Documentary” with Dr. Matt Jenkins has provided a real world experience for its students for the past eight years. The students work as producer, director, production manager, editor, and more! The real reward is not just the grade but an opportunity to work with many professionals. In addition, this class has produced award-winning films shown in local, state, and national markets.

This year the project explores Red Dirt Music whose birthplace is considered to be Stillwater, OK and surrounding area. The region is also referred to as “North Austin” or “West Nashville” . Some say the music can best be likened to the indie genre of rock ‘n’ roll as there is no definitive sound while others say it is a state of mind. Whether it is Americana, folk, or alt-country or a mix of folk, rock, country, bluegrass, blues, western swing, and honky tonk, with a few Mexican influences thrown in, it continues to evolve as many of the Red Dirt artists have relocated to Texas and elsewhere in recent years. This once uniquely Oklahoman music has migrated south to Austin, west to Nashville, and abroad to such countries as France. (Source: Wikipedia, musicians, and fans)

For the next six weeks, the students take to the road to interview recording artists Wade Bowen, Brandon Rhyder, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney Larue, Jackson Taylor, No Justice, JohnnyCooper, Tom Skinner, Red Dirt Rangers, Randy Crouch, Bob Childers, Casey Pilgreen, Brandon Jenkins, Cory Morrow, Roger Creagar, Bleu Edmondson. Also on tap are Stan Moffat of Payne County Line Promotions, Frank Jackson with Smith Music Group and Radio DJs, Jett Black with 94.9, “The Outlaw”, and Jim Nash with 106.9, “The Ranch 8”.

The premier for the film, “North of Austin/West of Nashville: Red Dirt Music”, is set for July 24th, 7 pm in the Cameron University Theatre in Lawton, OK. Also featured will be live performances by Johnny Cooper along with other local artists whom will be named later. Following the concert, another viewing of the film will follow. This free event is open to the public, however seating is limited.

To find out more about the premiere, email mattj@cameron.edu or call 580-581-2359

Copyright 2007 Cameron University

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