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This week’s episode features Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove, carrying on the legendary Tulsa sound of forerunners like Leon Russel, JJ Cale, and Elvin Bishop. Their new record, Heaven Forever, is out now on Little Village.
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(Together, Little Village Foundation & Arhoolie Foundation will match the first $500 donated)
Casey Van Beek and the Tulsa Groove have donned masks and socially distanced themselves to create their own episode of Working From Home. This episode features Casey Van Beek on bass and vocals, Tulsa Groove members Jared Tyler on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Seth Lee Jones on slide guitar and guest Jake Lynn on drums and backing vocals.
The Tulsa Groove is a clutch of gifted musicians who have played with music icons including Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, and Bonnie Raitt. They weren’t thinking in terms of the Top 40 on the Americana charts when they gathered to play. They just wanted to make the music they loved.
But that’s why the unique, nonprofit record company, Little Village Foundation, is around—to seek out quality music that is in danger of being overlooked. The result was the CD, Heaven Forever, and not only has it been on the Americana charts for several months, it has garnered praise like this: “The sultry, laid-back Tulsa groove — familiar to so many of us by way of JJ Cale and Eric Clapton records — is as resilient as ever…Settle back in and enjoy.”
Vintage Guitar applauded in its coverage (and will be presenting a video soon), Bluegrass Situation was pleased to premiere a track, and roots music fans from as far away as Europe reached out and cheered, along with blues and (Grateful) Dead Head websites.
It’s real American music, and people are enjoying it thoroughly.
ABOUT WORKING FROM HOME
Just about everyone has been affected by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the music world, no one knows when the box office will open again, and even as many of us return to work in the coming weeks and months, working musicians will continue to be cut off from the clubs, dancehalls, theaters, and festivals that sustain them. And the rest of us will be cut off, too, from something we need now more than ever. So we’re bringing the gigs to the artists, and the artists to you — straight from their living room to yours.
“Working from Home,” a co-production of the Arhoolie Foundation and Little Village Foundation, will feature intimate mini house concerts recorded live by traditional musicians around the country trying to make it through this current public health crisis doing what they do best. For every installment, we will provide links where you can give tips directly to the performers, and we will match the first $500 raised for each.