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Read Southall Band will be performing at Tower Theatre Saturday, February 10th at 8:00 P.M.
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STILLWATER, Okla. — With an undeniable Okie twang in his voice, Read Southall is about as country as you can get. Hailing from Altus and raised on a steady diet of 70s rock and 80s country, he made a name for himself strumming his six-string to whoever would hear it down there, going as far as someone can in southwest Oklahoma.

It wasn’t until he moved to Stillwater, however, where he met the boys who’d make up the rest of the dutifully eclectic outfit known as the Read Southall Band, crafting a sound that draws on everything from blues and metal but with a supremely steadfast and highly excitable punk ethic that, as success starts to happen for the band—and boy, is it—still holds a big belief structure in their professional lives.

“We’re just punks, man,” Southall said. “That’s who we are. We’re young kids who don’t know what the hell we’re doing. I think that’s something that we did right from the jump—we never really had a plan, it was just a grassroots start. It allowed us, and still allows us, to play freely without judgment and without trying to fit into one mold and, man, that’s rock and roll. It don’t matter, we’re making music and we’re having a great time.”

A latter-day favorite with rowdy Wormy Dog audiences here in the Big Town, Southall and the band have been touring around the state in support of their latest release Borrowed Time, an album that took three times to get an “honest” version of their sound down on tape, capturing an absolutely live feeling in the vein of a “Live at Billy Bob’s” record from one of their favorite Red Dirt artists.

It’s a sound that the Read Southall Band will bring to the Tower Theatre on Saturday, February 10th. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased by visiting, calling 405-70-TOWER, or visiting the Tower Theatre Box Office.

“If I had to sell it, I’d tell people who come out they can expect five guys up on stage, jamming and having a good time,” Southall added. “It’s always all love. We want to give the Tower that blue-collar feel where you can jump around and sing the words and have a great time and not be intimidated. There’s too many shows where you feel intimidated these days and we feel this is a really great venue with a really great mindset where people can just enjoy themselves. It’s gonna be a really great show.”

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