By: Carol Matza | Category: Special Interest | Issue: April 2022
(L-R) Gus Hardin, Debbie Campbell, Betsy Smittle
Tulsa was jamming on a world stage back in the early 1970s and 80s, developing their own sound that made a four-corner impact across the globe.
The energy created by an immensely talented group of Oklahoma musicians will be re-created May 15th at Cain’s Ballroom, a venue that many Tulsa Sound artists called home. This tribute concert will pay honor to three amazing female artists, Gus Hardin, Debbie Campbell and Betsy Smittle, although no longer with us, these women have left a legacy that will live on for years to come.
The concert is a fundraiser for the “Women of Song Project: The Heart and Spirit of Oklahoma” which recognizes the incomparable female musical talent that comes out of the great state of Oklahoma. The project is the vision of native Oklahoman, Brenda Cline, who has long wanted to bring recognition to Oklahoma female artists of all ages, genres and career stages. Cline spent 30 years in Nashville as an Artist Manager and former Record Label Executive and returned to her home state in 2015.
I don’t want people to forget about the deep well of talent that continually flows out of Oklahoma, especially all of our amazing women,” says Cline.
The Women of Song Project (WOS) showcases twenty Oklahoma female singer-songwriters, three of which are being honored at the May 15th event. Several of the Women of Song inductees will be paying homage to Gus Hardin, Debbie Campbell and Betsy Smittle by performing some of their most beloved songs. They will be joined onstage by Tulsa Sound musicians, many of whom were original members of Gus, Debbie and Betsy’s bands.
Concert-goers will be treated to performances from some of their all-time favorite artists as well as some epically talented newcomers that substantiate that Oklahoma turns out some of the best singer-songwriters in the world.
Women of Song Artists Performing: Ann Bell, Becky Hobbs, Leigh Heatherington, Gracee Shriver, Jennifer Marriott, Cindy Scarberry, Kalyn Fay, Krislyn Arthurs, Mallory Eagle, and Monica Taylor.
Band Members and Guest Artists: 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 Vanbeek, and Rick Gomez.
Esteemed author, radio show host and Tulsa historian, John Wooley will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Tribute to Gus Hardin, Debbie Campbell, Betsy Smittle and the Tulsa Sound Fundraising Event
May 15, 2022 • Cains’s Ballroom • 423 N. Main Street, Tulsa, OK 74103
Doors open at 5 p.m. for V.I.P.
Pre-party Concert 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
V.I.P. tickets on sale now - $150 and can be purchased at womenofsongok.com or by calling 1.615.944.5981
V.I.P. tickets include priority seating, pre-party live entertainment, artists meet and greet, food and more.
General Admission tickets on sale now - $50 and can be purchased at www.cainsballroom.com.
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