Oklahoma is searching for it’s own official rock song. We have a state bird, flag, and flower and the search is not on for the perfect rock song that reflects the melodic scenes of the Sooner State and captures a psotive feeling of Oklahoma’s present beauty.
John Moreland & Black Gold Band, a local band based out of Broken Arrow, have been nominated as one of 10 finalists out of 458 entries for the state rock song. The two brothers and their friends are in an elite group that includes artists such as J.J. Cale, Mae Boren Axton, The Call, Hoyt Axton, All-American Rejects, Leon Russell, The Ventures, Flaming Lips and Wanda Jackson
“Endless Oklahoma Sky”, has been chosen by the Official Rock Song Advisory Panel appointed by Governor Henry. The entries were songs sung by bands of songwriters with Oklahoma ties.
One of the highlights for the group was being the opening act for Leon Russell & Amos Lee, and having heir song “Hand Over Fist” chosen for the compilation CD for D-Fest.
The band has been playing together for two and a half years, and have hit the rock scene running. Members include John Moreland, 22 from Broken Arrow & Union, Wayne Wedge, 26 from Shawnee & Panama, brothers Nick Flores, 22 from Coweta and BA Schools and Clay Flores, 22 also from Coweta and BA Schools.
The group has been compared to early Spingsteen, Mellencamp and Steve Earle. You can visit them at www.myspace.com/blackgoldband to listen to more of their original Oklahoma music.
To vote for the only local band nominated and to listen to their song online, visit www.oklahomarocksong.org. Vote one time per day from any computer through November 15.