Medicine Stone: Oklahoma’s Premier Outdoor Red Dirt Music Event

Within the Americana landscape lives a slew of alternative sub-genres including the Red Dirt music sound, a unique genre made of motley sounds cultivated out of Oklahoma soil. There are many artists cited as the founding forefathers of the sound like Jimmy LaFave, Robert Earl Keen, Bob Childers and Tom Skinner, but it was a band called The Great Divide that brought the sound to a national audience when they signed to Atlantic Records back in the 90’s. Since then a long continuous string of touring giants that wave the Red Dirt flag has followed including Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Turnpike Troubadours, Reckless Kelly, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Jack Ingram and Chris Knight to name a few.

Medicine Stone was created by two of the biggest names in the genre, Jason Boland and The Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours. They created this event because they noticed that music festivals of this caliber were mainly held down in Texas and they wanted to bring a top notch music festival closer to home, and closer to their fans in the surrounding states where these kinds of artists tour regularly. The event saw thousands in attendance in its very first year.

Jason Boland and The Stragglers circa 1998 has become one of the most successful artists in the Red Dirt/Texas country music scene. Oklahoma born and bred, Boland has released nine acclaimed albums including Squelch and has been praised as one of the most poignant writers of his generation. The band is currently in the studio working on their new album.

Long-time friends and Oklahoma natives, Turnpike Troubadours, a band of country rock prodigies that snagged a national spotlight with their release of Goodbye Normal Street five years ago. Celebrated for their lyrical style that boasts genuine story telling wrapped in deep emotion, Turnpike Troubadours were cited as “the most unjustly overlooked Americana album of 2012” by the Washington Post. The band will release their new studio album in the fall of 2017.

Some Additional performers include:

The Randy Rogers Band

Cody Canada and the Departed


Jonny Burke, Lucero

Mike McClure

Sunny Sweeney

Mike & The Moonpies

Kaitlin Butts

Bruce Robison

Aaron Einhouse

American Aquarium

The Fifth Annual Medicine Stone music event will be held at the Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah, Oklahoma September 21-23. Four of the performing acts share their take on the event:

 Cody Canada/Cody Canada and The Departed One of three music festivals I look forward to every year. There is not a bad act in the bunch. Spent a lot of time on that river growing up. Feels good to be an Okie!”

BJ Barham/American Aquarium Medicine Stone is one of our favorite festivals of the year and for good reason. It’s been pretty incredible to watch it grow from just an idea back in 2013 into one of the premier destinations of the festival season. Hats off to Turnpike and Boland for bringing in the best talent in the country, year after year, and cultivating such an amazing fan base that is willing to support it. Always an honor when we get the invite and we can’t wait to be back again this year.” 

Red Shahan It’s inspiring to be a part of something that’s growing so rapidly and to see the flood of music lovers as they pour in by the camper-load.” 

Kevin Russell/Shinyribs It’s tribal but it’s libel to make you wobble and bobble. It’ll put your head right and make your heart light as a feather. Whether fair or inclement weather. I just love the way they love to get together and get down home at the Medicine Stone.” 

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