Posts Tagged ‘Sherree Chamberlain’

Feature: Sherree Chamberlain

September 17, 2010

  • If you are over 21, check out the Sherree Chamberlain Band for free Friday night at 9 inside Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W. Elm Ave. Tulsa acts OK Sweetheart and Fiawna Forte are opening. This story ran in the Friday edition of The Daily O’Collegian and The Oklahoman.

It’s frightening how quickly breakfast can turn into bedlam.

On a rainy morning in early July, Oklahoma City-based songwriter Sherree Chamberlain was driving near the Paseo Arts District.

The Oklahoma State University alumna had a full day planned.

Breakfast with a friend. A paid gig in downtown Oklahoma City with Stillwater rockers Taddy Porter and The Flatland Travelers. Dinner with her soon-to-be manager.

While pulling across traffic, a car slammed into her and knocked her head against the driver’s window. Her car was totaled, and she was stuck in the rain with a car full of instruments.

When Chamberlain snapped back to reality, she said she didn’t want a doctor.

She wanted pizza.

Her bandmates, Eric Kiner, Jonathon Mooney and Joey Morris, heard what happened and got a hold of Chamberlain.

“I was like, ‘Are we going to play or not?’” Kiner said in a phone interview.

Chamberlain said she knew the ball was rolling. Her band was getting paid for playing. She needed to start saving cash for a new car.

“It made sense to play,” she said in a phone interview.

After a trip to an emergency room and an OK from a doctor, Chamberlain’s parents drove her to the Wormy Dog Saloon. As neon signs buzzed and beer bottles clinked, the Sherree Chamberlain Band flew through a set of several songs in front of about 300 listeners.

“Sherree’s insane,” Morris said with a laugh over the phone. “When she got that mild concussion, I couldn’t really tell the difference. She’s crazy anyway … It was the perfect show. We didn’t have time for rehearsal, and we played like she had rehearsed for hours.”

Fast forward through the summer to last Sunday.

The rainy afternoon and the allure of bed sheets delayed Chamberlain from an interview, but she quickly apologized for her tardiness and began detailing her active morning.

She worked on music and prepared for the two classes she started teaching at Edmond Santa Fe High School this semester, but she got overwhelmed and hit the hay again.

She said she’s having a “24-year-old meltdown.”

“I’m feeling so old, and I don’t know what’s going on. I’m having anxiety about everything,” Chamberlain said. “I’ve been listening to music I love, lately. I keep going, ‘I wish I could be in this band, or I wish I could be in that band. Why am I not writing music I love to play?’”

She’s balancing a lot, though, teaching classes and preparing for a sophomore album.

Her debut, “Wasp in the Room,” was a gentle folk album that embellished the singer’s talents and her simple, elegant songs.

After a visit to Stillwater on Saturday, she’s taking “a little step away from the cutesy pop singer/songwriter and a little bit more toward being a cohesive band and setting a mood.”

No matter what happens, music is going to be around Chamberlain.

She lets her students at Edmond Santa Fe listen to music while they work. One afternoon a student walked up to Chamberlain and wrapped headphones around her ears. It was her album playing.

Sometimes her students aren’t the biggest fans though.

“I heard one of them the other day go, ‘Miss Chamberlain, I downloaded your stuff off of LimeWire,’” she said.

Another kid asked what she sounded like. He responded with a review saying Chamberlain’s music is weird. Something you’ll either love or hate.

If her student’s review and a car accident won’t stop her from making music, little will.


LIVE MUSIC UPDATE: A Stillwater enthusiast’s fail-proof guide to NMF3

April 23, 2010

Courtesy Adam Kemp/Daily O'Collegian

The 3rd annual Norman Music Festival boasts roughly 170 bands and several Stillwater artists performing in downtown Norman on Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, 25,000 people swarmed the streets of Norman for a day of live music and the festival doubled its length this year for no extra price (it’s still free).

In hopes everyone from Stillwater has a safe voyage, here’s a fail-proof schedule for the festival.


  • 3:20 p.m. Copperheads @ Guestroom Records

    The zombie off-spring of The Ramones. All the noise without any of the movement.

    • 5:10 p.m. The Boom Bang @ Guestroom Records

    Expect more fireworks than the Fourth of July and that’s not a metaphor. Wear safety goggles to this show.

    • 10:15 p.m. The Burning Hotels @ Blackwatch Studios

    Pop rock at it’s best. Glad to see one of my DFest highlights back in Oklahoma.

    • 11 p.m. Colourmusic @ Opolis

    The best chance to catch a band from Stillwater destroying the Norman Music Festival in the loudest and most gnarly way possible.

    • 12 p.m. Octopus Project @ Opolis

    Psychedelic Austin natives will weave a web of unforgettable synth beats and noise. Wear plenty of tie-dye.


    • 12:50 p.m. Mayola @ Main Stage

    It’s an early show, but this set will rattle buildings all the way to Bricktown.

    • 2:30 p.m. Jabee @ Main Stage

    The face of hip hop in Oklahoma is sure to please the masses.

    • 3:30 p.m. Brother Bear @ Opolis

    Stillwater’s weirdest sounding band, but luckily it’s a good thing

    • 4 p.m. The Rum Fellows @ Bill and Dees Stage

    They dress like pirates and sing pirate songs. I’m serious.

    • 4:45 p.m. OK Sweetheart @ Blackwatch Studios Stage

    The most beautiful voice in this festival. Hands down.

    • 5 p.m. Those Darlins  @ Jagermeister Stage

    The least beautiful voices at the festival. But this garage trio is my pick of the festival.

    • 5:30 p.m. DEERPEOPLE @ Opolis

    The most improved and hardest working band in Oklahoma. Happy to know the band is from Stillwater.

    • 6 p.m. Sherree Chamberlain @ The Brewhouse Stage

    The perfect chance to relax and enjoy beautiful sounds from an OSU graduate.

    • 7 p.m. The Non and Cloud Collision Orchestra @ Sooner Theater Stage

    The most necessary stop at the festival. An orchestra backing a local band is unheard of and The Non can pull it off flawlessly. Oh, and bring your own lasers.

    • 9:30 p.m. Dirty Projectors @ Main Stage

    Hipsters unite. It’s the moment your record player and you have been waiting for. Arrive early because the streets will be packed for this year’s main headliner.

    VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” house show #2 with SHERREE CHAMBERLAIN part one

    April 5, 2010

    VIDEO UPDATE: “on” House Show #2 Time Lapse

    March 31, 2010

    PHOTO UPDATE: Wairpaint Clothing opens and Opolis Concert

    February 14, 2010

    From left Travis Pickett and Derek Knowlton stand between just a few of the shirts their new shop offers.

    Derek and Travis

    Erin Austin

    Sherree Chamberlain

    VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” episode 15 Erin Austin (OK Sweetheart) Valentine’s Day Special

    February 12, 2010

    Her band is known as OK Sweetheart, and that’s a fitting nickname for Erin Austin.

    After a brief introduction at Stonewall Tavern, the OK Sweetheart gang followed “on.” upstairs into an apartment that sits above Cafe 88.

    Austin broke into a duo of love songs, which make it hard not to feel all woozy. Maybe it’s Austin’s warm voice, or maybe it’s the fact Valentine’s Day is so close.

    Nonetheless, she seemed like a fitting choice for the first “on.” Valentine’s Day special.


    Listen to a couple Erin Austin songs, and it’ll take you a few moments to pinpoint what decade from your parents’ vinyl collection she came from.

    Austin’s husband Rob Gungor said Austin, 27, recently adhered to a strict diet of The Beatles, The Zombies and early Randy Newman songs to avoid sounding like today’s popular artists.

    The diet paid off.

    Graced with a talent for stunningly simple songwriting, Austin can generate all the warmth of a dozen Beatles songs and add a carefree, soothing twist.

    It’s no surprise her full band is named OK Sweetheart.

    Before moving to Oklahoma in 2001, Austin grew up in Oriskany, N.Y., and would invent dances while her father played guitar. Austin has come a long way from performing talent shows for her parents, graduating from Oral Roberts University and moving to California. She said music always has been a part of her life.

    “If I hear something or think of something (then) I have to write it down and develop it more,” Austin said. “It’s like a compulsion. If there was no music, I just wouldn’t know what to do with myself.”

    She said she began writing an album in 2007, and her work has attracted indie artists like Midlake and local Oklahoma musicians. Clay Welch of Tulsa’s Callupsie plays guitar when OK Sweetheart tours and Patrick Ryan of Tulsa’s Dead Sea Choir plays drums.

    Ryan said he’s attracted to the drumming in Austin’s music because McKenzie Smith of Midlake and Gungor wrote the parts.

    “It’s drumming 101,” he said. “It’s not about playing crazy, but playing simple really well.”

    Austin said OK Sweetheart plans to visit the South by Southwest Music Festival in March to play shows to attract a record label.

    If she has to settle for one label, then this OK Sweetheart might have to break more than a few hearts.


    Friday February 12 @ Opolis
    Sherree Chamberlain
    Samantha Crain
    Erin Austin

    9 p.m. | All Ages | $7 Day of show
    *$2 surcharge under 21


    Saturday February 13 @ Vault
    James Price
    James McLaughlin

    10 p.m. | All Ages | $5 Day of show

    VIDEO UPDATE: The Non cd release PART FOUR – “We’re so Young” by Jacob Abello and Sherree Chamberlain

    January 21, 2010


    Keep checking back for one more video from THE NON’S epic two-day release party.

    VIDEO UPDATE: The Non cd release PART ONE – “Alone” Sherree Chamberlain and co.

    January 18, 2010


    Keep checking back for five more parts from THE NON’S epic two-day release party.


    Hayley Wilhite for shooting this nice little video.

    PICTURE UPDATE: Shots from NIGHT TWO of The Non’s CD Release Show

    January 17, 2010

    the conservatory

    The Non hosted its second night of cd release madness. Jacob Abello, Student Film and Pretty Black Chains performed opening duties for the sold out show. I’ve been visiting The Conservatory since I was 15 and the past two nights were the best local shows I have ever seen. Packed venue, too much talent and the smell of stale beer wofting in the air. Not a bad couple of nights.

    I will be posting videos of The Non, Student Film and more very soon. Check back soonly.

    While you wait, check out some clips videographer Tanner Herriott shot at the show.

    • JACOB ABELLO and his band

    Jacob Abello


    PICTURE UPDATE: Shots from NIGHT ONE of The Non’s CD Release Show

    January 16, 2010

    the non CD release part one

    Not only was The Non’s cd release show at the Conservatory an incredible display of some of the most unique music talent in Oklahoma (even Wayne Coyne came to listen), it was also a chance for me to practice still photography on OSU graduate Sherree Chamberlain and her band.

    I’m going back to the Conservatory tonight for ROUND TWO of The Non’s CD release show.

    Also, look for video of The Non and more in the next couple days.

    Sherree Chamberlain Band and Co.

    Sherree Chamberlain Band

    Sherree Chamberlain Band

    Sherree Chamberalin Band