“Oklahoma was full of industrial types,” Dunn told Tulsa World in 2013. “It has always been like that, but it is hardly recognized for that.” Boy was i lucky I was in the right place at the right time. I was in Tulsa. “
Oklahoma City has an NBA team. OKPOP is located near the historic Brady Theater, Cain’s Ballroom, Woody Guthrie Center, and one day the Bob Dylan Archive.
If Oklahoma City is considered the major league in sports, maybe Tulsa is the major league in music.
“I think it was a long time ago,” said Halsey. “I think taking over Bob Dylan is just solidifying, so to speak, verifying the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.”
Halsey said the “pristine” Woody Guthrie Center and the Bob Dylan Archives equate Tulsa with Nashville (home of the Country Music Hall of Fame) and Cleveland (home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
“Tulsa has always been considered the living birthplace of all kinds of good music, right down to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and into the days of Leon Russell,” Halsey said, also mentioning that Tulsa was known for blues and jazz thanks to personalities like the trombonist and band leader Ernie Fields.
“And I think with the advent of bringing the Dylan thing here, not only will there be a lot of intellectual property on the table, but it’ll be a great place for people from all over the world to study those archives. Congratulations, Tulsa. Amen.”