Tom Skinner and Susan Herndon on Sun, May 25, 2014

Susan Herndon

While the patina of Sooner state red dirt is apparent in everything she sings in her dulcet and soothingly accented alto, Herndon’s music is much more about where she’s been and what she’s experienced, than about where she hails.

Tom Skinner

When one thinks of the music capital of the United States, Stillwater, Oklahoma likely never comes to mind. But in the early 1980’s Stillwater was a hotbed of musical talent. Austin rocker Jimmy LaFave began his career there. Legendary songwriter Bob Childers did, too. Even mega-star Garth Brooks got started in Stillwater. But the voice that most embodies Oklahoma “Red Dirt” music would have to be Tom Skinner.