The cast of the original musical “When We’re Gone” hopped into a green 1977 VW Bus and performed the original track “Life’s a Song.”

“When We’re Gone” is a rock musical that follows an angst-ridden teen, in plague-ridden, 14th-century London and his desire to make great art in a time of great need. This wildly creative new musical strikes a brilliant balance of modern day characters, a pop-punk score and the life-changing events of 1349.

Van Hughes, Matthew Alvin Brown, John Furey, Kat Metcalfe, Derrick Medrano and Antonio Rodriguez performed for this session. The musical’s world premiere showings run from Sept. 26 – Oct. 14 at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.


The holidays can be a bummer but not when Seattle’s Dude York makes things this fun. We loved having the band hope in the van to share what is sure to became a new holiday classic.

Check out the band’s new Christmas record here.

Sometimes the van doesn’t start.

Luckily, a talent like Erin O’Dowd delivers without hesitation. Alongside longtime Okie players Susan Herndon and Nadia Thomas, the Tulsa songwriter played a lively rendition of “Trick Pony.” Dig it!

We loved having BJ Barham jump into the van after soundchecking with his well-seasoned American Aquarium bandmates. We figured he’d play something new but not this new.

“I Gave Up The Drinking (Before She Gave Up On Me)” was merely two days old when this video was filmed. That might be a record for youngest song to make it in the van.

Charley Crockett and his band are outta Texas but they’re clearly welcome back any time. We caught word of Crockett’s stellar live show after he hit the road with the Turnpike Troubadours.

Before a set at the Blue Door, Crockett and Co. played a song so new that you can only find it here. Give it a watch.

We loved hanging out with Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen so much that we couldn’t wait to have them back in the van. You saw them last in our Sweet Spirit episode but now they’re back with A Giant Dog’s harder rock edge.

Loved hearing a brand new song (above) and another (below) off of the band’s Merge Records debut.

Sherman “WoRm” Johnson might be easiest to find at a computer. The OKC-based hip-hop engineer and producer is a natural behind the board but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his own hunger to perform.

He was joined by Darrell Jones, Ashlee Watkins, Taylor Johnson and Jeff Kraetzer (DJ Chips).

Rain put a damper on Norman Music Festival’s afternoon performances so we decided to throw a concert celebration with Austin’s biggest party band. Sweet Spirit thrilled us with two songs before the rain subsided, and they rocked the festival’s main stage.

Party on.

Lauren Barth thought she was just visiting Tulsa but ended up being one of its most talented new residents. The songwriter has a debut album ready called “Forager” and invited the record’s producer Jesse Aycock to join her in the van.

What a pair.

We loved hanging out with Dylan and hearing this beautiful track from “Cautionary Tale.”

You have to check out that 2016 gem.