Stillwater News Press

March 13, 2013

Musicians plan monthly Red Dirt event at local restaurant

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — A Stillwater Red Dirt musician and some friends are starting a monthly show at a local restaurant.

Musician Monica Taylor, along with Don Morris, on bass, and Gene Williams, on guitar, will present “A Red Dirt Rendezvous” at Eskimo Joes each month. The first show is set for Friday.

“The idea of the Red Dirt Rendezvous is the gathering of Red Dirt songwriters and musicians,” Taylor said. “And it’s a chance for Stillwater folks who aren’t late nighters to come and listen to a concert without the craziness of the bar scene and yell out requests.”

The first guest will be Tahlequah songwriter Bill Erickson.

“When you talk to Bill, when you listen to him talk, you feel like you’re talking to a real western, a real country man,” Taylor said. “He has a hundred stories to tell.”

Taylor said Erickson has cut many songs on many albums, including her own. Texas artist Pat Green has recorded one of Erickson’s songs. Taylor said the show is open to all ages and there is no cover from 8 to 11 p.m.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to deliver how to write a song by listening to the writer of the song talk about the song they wrote and play it so when a young person or any age person listens to them, they can feel like they’re right there,” she said.

Taylor said people will know the songs and may even learn more about the history of Red Dirt.

“It’s going to be a great experience each month,” she said.