The 2018 Restless Spirit Award was presented to Wilma Jenkins in honor of her son, the late Brandon Jenkins, at the Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe festival in Stillwater on May 2nd. A Tulsa native, Jenkins attended OSU and launched what would become a decades-long career in Red Dirt music. He produced 16 albums throughout his career, and wrote songs that … Read More
2018 Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café grew in its seventh year with new audiences, partners, expanded programming and new voices. Here are some highlights: Wilma Jenkins accepted the Restless Spirit Award on behalf of her son, Brandon Jenkins. Later in the evening, a hand-painted guitar with his likeness sold for $6,000 in a live auction from the stage at Eskimo Joe’s. … Read More
We were honored to be a part of “Brothers & Sisters of the Dirt: A Memorial Benefit for Brandon Jenkins,” a beautiful evening at The Shrine in Tulsa last Sunday celebrating the life of our friend, Brandon Jenkins. Through the efforts of Brad James, Donnie Rich, “The Fun Girls” Leatha Pierce and Jean Wiles, and so many generous donors and … Read More
On May 2, 2018, Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café returns to Stillwater for its seventh year! In an effort to include undiscovered talent at the state’s largest songwriter festival, organizers announced the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest in early March. Judges recently narrowed a field of more than 40 songs down to 4 finalists: Jason Scott’s “She Good to Me:” From Oklahoma City, Jason is … Read More
In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, the largest international day of giving, Red Dirt Relief Fund is proud to collaborate with musicians across the state to bring live tunes to fans on Facebook in a campaign called “Giving Tunesday.” According to RDRF Executive Director Katie Dale, “We want to thank the fans that support working musicians in our state, and … Read More
Why yes, we do believe this will be the tastiest benefit for Red Dirt Relief Fund yet. Thanks to Grady’s 66 Pub for hosting and donating proceeds to Oklahoma musicians in need. Getting our bibs ready for August 20th in Yukon!
On a beautiful, sunny day, April 27, 2016, more than 900 fans flocked to three venues in Stillwater, Okla. to pay homage to the godfather of red dirt music, Bob Childers, and enjoy acoustic sets from over 70 Oklahoma songwriters. It was by all accounts a magical night! Thanks to the generosity of so many musicians, volunteers, partners and fans, … Read More