It should not be forgotten that female music artists have made significant contributions to Tulsa’s music history.
On May 15, Cain’s Ballroom will be the site of a concert supported by Women of Song that will pay tribute to Gus Hardin, Debbie Campbell, Betsy Smittle and the Tulsa Sound.
“Although no longer with us, these women left a legacy that will live on for years to come,” according to a press release from the show.
The concert is a fundraiser for the “Women of Song Project: The Heart and Spirit of Oklahoma”. The statement said the project recognizes the “unparalleled female musical talent coming out of the great state of Oklahoma.”
Women of Song is the brainchild of Oklahoma native Brenda Cline, who has long wanted recognition for female Oklahoma artists of all ages, genders and career stages. Cline, who spent 30 years in Nashville as an artist manager and record company executive, returned to her home country in 2015.
“I don’t want people to forget the deep well of talent that continually comes out of Oklahoma, especially all of our amazing women,” Cline said.
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Women of Song features 20 female singer-songwriters from Oklahoma, three of whom are honored at the May 15 event. Several Women of Song inductees will pay tribute to Hardin, Campbell and Smittle by performing some of their most beloved songs. They will be joined on stage by musicians from Tulsa Sound, many of whom were original members of the winners’ bands.
Among the artists of Women of Song, Ann Bell, Becky Hobbs, Leigh Heatherington, Gracee Shriver, Jennifer Marriott, Cindy Scarberry, Kalyn Fay, Krislyn Arthur, Mallory Eagle and Monica Taylor.
Band members and guest artists will include Pete Marriott, Gary Gilmore, David Teegarden, Spencer Sutton, Steve Hickerson, Tom Nicholson, Frank Padilla, Wade Inman, Pat Savage, Ron Morgan, Chuck Dewalt, Alan Ransom, Jon Glazer, Steve Upfold , Casey Van Beek and Rick Gomez.
Music historian and radio host John Wooley will be the emcee.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. for a VIP pre-party. Otherwise, doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show.
VIP tickets ($150) can be purchased at womenofsongok.com or by calling 615-944-5981. The VIP experience includes a catered meal, priority seating, live pre-party entertainment and a meet and greet with an artist.
Tickets can be purchased at cainsballroom.com.