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April 13, 2012

The Farm at Stillwater brings back memories for Red Dirt musicians



Brandon Jenkins said he didn't play much the first few times he visited The Farm. Instead, he would watch Childers and another artist, Jimmy LaFave, pass around the guitar. He said he was happy to revisit the site.

"It's good to reconnect with my Okie brethren and be on a familiar piece of land and I'm just happy to be here," said Jenkins at Thursday's gathering. "It's awesome."

Even newer artists who weren't part of the dynamic are still eager to learn about The Farm.

"It's kind of like Woodstock," said Dunlap. "They say there was only 400,000 people there, but there have been about 10 million claim they were. It's kind of developed its own urban legend that even if they weren't, they felt like they were connected to it because they were part of the aftermath of The Farm."

The musicians will perform as part of the second annual Red Bull Gypsy Cafe event Friday night. The concert is held at four venues - Eskimo Joe's, Stonewall Tavern, The College Bar and Willie's Saloon - with pairs of artists performing together every hour at every venue from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. A finale will be held at midnight at Eskimo Joe's.

Dunlap said the event validates every one of the musicians.

"It really validates what we've done all these years, which is sticking with the music because we knew it was good and we knew we liked it and the people we played it for liked it," said Dunlap.

Jenkins said he spreads the message of where Red Dirt began everywhere he goes.

"I live in Texas now and I travel across the world and I preach Stillwater," said Jenkins. "I think Stillwater is obviously the mecca of Red Dirt music. There's something special about this place. Something intangible that you can't explain until you come here."

For McClure, it's the continuation of a good thing.

"I'm just glad to see that everything just keeps perpetuating," said McClure. "It's cool for me to be a part of that. Coming out here in my early 20s and now I'm in my 40s and just seeing a Stillwater tradition continue."

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