Red Dirt Rangers star in ´Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie' Finale April 13

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John Cooper and Brad Piccolo  John Cooper and Brad Piccolo from the Red Dirt Rangers.

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / April 2, 2013) –– “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” concludes with its finale event, “Time Changes Everything,” on Saturday, April 13, at the Stillwater Community Center at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be sold by the Stillwater Community Center Foundation.  The program is free and no tickets are required.

“We are excited to debut in Stillwater this one-act play and mini-concert starring the Red Dirt Rangers,” said library director Lynda Reynolds.  “It is a wonderful finale to a very successful ‘One Book, One Community’ series that has brought over 400 community members together to discuss and learn more about Woody Guthrie.”

Written by John Wooley and Thomas Connor, “Time Changes Everything” highlights Oklahoma music icons, Bob Wills and Woody Guthrie, in a ‘what if they had met” story. 

“Both Woody Guthrie and Bob Wills were men of the people, heroes to the hardscrabble farm families and blue-collar workers of America,” says Wooley.  “And while it’s slightly possible that they actually met, family members and historians indicate that they never really talked with one another… but what if they had? That’s the premise of this show.”

Following the play, the Red Dirt Rangers will play a mini-concert celebrating the songs of Guthrie, Wills, and the Red Dirt style they influenced.  Red Dirt music has a unique sound defined by some as “country music with an attitude.”  It has been described as a mix of folk, rock, country, bluegrass, blues, Western swing and honky-tonk, with even a few Mexican influences.  The long-lived Red Dirt Rangers are widely recognized as one of the first and most influential acts of this musical movement which blends the happy abandon of Bob Wills’ music with the social consciousness of Woody Guthrie’s.   

“Each year we have visitors that come to Stillwater specifically just to experience Red Dirt music live,” said Cristy Morrison, Stillwater Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director.  "Bob Wills and Woody Guthrie helped shape part of Stillwater’s identity by influencing the musicians that went on to create Red Dirt music, like the Red Dirt Rangers.”

The finale event received financial assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Stillwater Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. 

For more information, visit the Stillwater Public Library website at library.stillwater.org, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” is designed to foster a sense of community through a shared reading experience, and to broaden and deepen an appreciation for Woody Guthrie as an Oklahoma musician, writer, and artist.  Sponsors are the Stillwater Public Library, Oklahoma State University Library and Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History. This project is supported in part by funding from the Oklahoma Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oklahoma Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major partners include Woody Guthrie Foundation, Friends of Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of OSU Library, Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, Oklahoma History Center, OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation, and the Center for Oklahoma Studies.  Supporting partners include OSU Student Union Activities Board, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Stillwater Community Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and KOSU.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).

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