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Sunday, November 14, 7:30pm at the SWOSU Student Center Ballroom

Guitarist Edgar Cruz Returns to SWOSU with Nashville Songwriter Antsy McClain

Edgar Cruz Returns to SWOSU with Nashville Songwriter Antsy McClain

Edgar Cruz and Antsy McClain will perform a humorous musical duet as part of their "You Say Flamenco, I Say Flamingo Tour" on November 14 at 7:30p.m. at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Student Center Ballroom.It's all about the song with these two: great melodies, rockin' grooves and world class musicianship. From classical to classics, from Flamenco to Flamingo, it's going to be an unforgettable show! The evening concert is free and open to the public.

Any fan of great songs and masterful musicianship will immediately understand when these two amazing entertainers take the stage. Cruz and McClain have shared the stage numerous times, including the 2007 Antsy McClain fan cruise, at the Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville, and most recently to sold out crowds in northern California, as well as right here in Oklahoma at the UCO Jazz Lab.

Antsy McClain received widespread national airplay in numerous genres with his previous release, Trailercana, in addition to international publicity including a feature in The Sunday Times (London)and a feature on NPR's "All Things Considered." McClain has infused his newest releases, New Good Old Days and The Beige Album, with rootsy, muscular blends of rock and roll that has become his trademark. Antsy McClain's live shows with the Trailer Park Troubadours are a unique mix of masterful musicianship, self-deprecating humor, and intelligent lyrics. Even his song titles offer a tantalizing look into McClain's wry blend of humor and emotional depth. He can make his audience laugh and even cry—sometimes in a single song.Humor and pathos in songwriting is a rare and magical talent. Like a surreal Norman Rockwell painting come to life, McClain is the embodiment of the small-town, blue-collar life he experienced growing up in a little Kentucky trailer park called Pine View Heights. Some of his songs include: "Aunt Beulah's Roadkill Overcoat," "Prozac Made Me Stay," "The Blah Blah Song," and "I Was Just Flipped Off By A Silver-Haired Old Lady With a Honk If You Love Jesus Sticker on the Bumper of Her Car."

Having previously visited SWOSU in 2008, Edgar Cruz continues to be named Oklahoma's Best Performing Artist/Acoustic Guitarist five out of the last ten years by the Oklahoma Gazette. Edgar Cruz gives over 200live performances a year, mesmerizing audiences throughout the U.S., Europe and South America with his artistry and passion. With over 400 songs in his repertoire, solo performances by Cruz typically include amazing solo arrangements from traditional latin songs to classic rock anthems including,"Malaguena," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Edgar's "Spanish Blood,"Deliverance's "Dueling Banjos," The Eagles' "Hotel California" and his popular"medleys on the fly" of songs called out by the audience. In addition tofeatures on ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS-affiliate television, Edgar Cruz was feature din a 2004 documentary by OETA, Oklahoma's PBS affiliate, about his life and career. This series, titled "Spanish Blood: The Guitar Music of Edgar Cruz, "showcased his artistic contributions to the state's cultural life.

To learn more about Edgar Cruz and Antsy McClain, please visit www.edgarcruz.com and www.unhitched.com

For more information about this evening event, please contact Jason Dupree, Head of Public Services, SWOSU Libraries, at 774-3031 or email jason.dupree@swosu.edu.