DRUMRIGHT, OK (April 8, 2015) – The Tidewater Winery in Drumright, OK, is pleased to present Mike McClure as the featured artist for their “Third Thursdays with John Cooper & Friends” concert series on April 16.

This show will follow two very successful recent concert events which showcased The Damn Quails and the LiveWire Trio at the popular winery.


Mike McClure got his start in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and would hang out and play music at “The Farm” with other Red Dirt artists such as Bob Childers, Tom Skinner, and others. After forming The Great Divide in 1992, McClure and the group released six studio albums and one live two-part album. In 2002, while still a member of The Great Divide, he released Twelve Pieces, his first solo album.


In 2004, the Mike McClure Band released their first album, Everything Upside Down, a hard-hitting rock album. The band has since put out seven more albums.


As a songwriter and producer, McClure has collaborated with many other Red Dirt artists, including Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, the Turnpike Troubadours, the Damn Quails and many, many others.


Master of ceremonies and host, John Cooper, a founding member of the Red Dirt Rangers, says: “This month’s guest is my old friend and compatriot, Mike McClure. I first met Mike when he started coming around The Farm many years ago. Bob Childers had invited him out, and we could all quickly tell what great talent he had. Through his years of leading the Great Divide, to his current project, the Mike McClure Band, to his many solo acoustic shows, Mike has always been a leading force for our kind of music. His songwriting has only gotten better with age, and I feel like he’s at the very top of his game right now. I hope you’ll join us at the Tidewater Winery to hear this amazing and unique songwriter and a man I’m very proud to call my friend.”


Tickets are available in various configurations, and include $10. per person for the concert only; $20.for the concert, a buffet dinner, and a drink ticket; and for $150. attendees can purchase a table for 8 which includes food and a drink for everyone. Tickets are available by calling 918-352-4900 or by Email at: [email protected].


“Third Thursdays with John Cooper & Friends” is proudly sponsored by Tidewater Winery, KUSH 1600 AM, the Cushing Citizen, Joseph’s Fine Foods, and Carousel Advertising, LLC.



As told in a recent story in the Tulsa World: “The new owners of a winery located in an energy-rich part of the state want to give Oklahomans a taste of the past while celebrating the present over a glass of wine.” In addition, Tidewater Winery has created a distinct line of wines now available at specialty outlets and area restaurants. Tidewater Winery, which is located two miles south of Drumright, just a short drive off Route 66 on Oklahoma 16, occupies a spacious, historic, brick schoolhouse that used to serve children of oil workers.


Tidewater Oil Company (Tydol) was a major petroleum refining and marketing company in the U.S. for more than 80 years, best known for its Flying A-branded products and gas stations, and for Veedol motor oil, which was known throughout the world. Tidewater built a large refinery in Drumright which was the center of the Tydol community. It was the needs of this growing community that spawned the building of the historic Tidal School, now the Tidewater Winery. This 8,000 sq. ft. building was built by John D. Rockefeller in the 1920’s during Drumright’s oil boom, later acquired by J. Paul Getty, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the Tydol refinery closed, many families from this Tydol community moved and the community virtually disappeared with the exception of the Tidal School. In the 1960s the community beside the school was called Tydol Camp. One of the current owners of Tidewater Winery spent her teenage years living in the “Camp” in a company house owned by Getty Oil. For more information visit: www.tidewaterwinery.com/


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