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Oklahoma Musicians in the Movies

Several Oklahoma musicians are showing some real acting talent on the big screen.
Oklahoma Musicians in the Movies

Oklahoma Musicians in the Movies

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Show 1404: Oklahoma Musicians in the Movies
Air Date: January 26, 2014



Rob McClendon: Well, probably no state is better identified with a movie than Oklahoma [music]. But our movie roots go well beyond that iconic musical. A new Oklahoma-made musical drama called “Rudderless” is the closing-night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a coveted spot that has springboarded some smaller films into box office hits [music]. Several Oklahoma musicians are making a crossover into film and TV. From NBCs record-breaking “The Sound of Music Live,” starring Checotah, Oklahoma’s, multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood [music] to the All-American Rejects’ front man Tyson Ritter, who was born and raised in Stillwater landing the coveted role of Gregg Allman in the movie bio pic “Midnight Rider,” Oklahoma musicians are also showing some real acting chops. Oklahoma musicians Kings of Leon are also making their off-screen debut by providing music for the soundtrack for “August: Osage County.”


We never wrote a song specifically for a film until this. We’ve been offered movies that spent $300 million to make. We’ve said no to it just because we had no connection to the movie. And we had a really strong connection when we watched this one. It’s just an amazing film, so I’m glad that we held out, and this is the one that we’re involved with.

Rob: Now, both “Rudderless” and “August: Osage County” were able to increase their rebate from 35 to 37 percent by spending at least $20,000 for the use of music created by an Oklahoman and recorded here in the state. Now when we return, we meet an Oklahoman who has literally changed the face of Hollywood.