We are pleased to announce that we have been included on a compilation CD, "The Best of the Little Dixie Honky Tonks," from BROX Records that is to be released on December 1, 2006. Also included on this CD are new releases by Moe Bandy and Martin Delray, along with songs by Billy Joe Shaver, Dale Watson, Kenny Walker and the Nighthawks, and many other artists. The CD can be purchased through out web site: www.oklahomanight.com or directly from BROX Records, or at the Country Music USA music stores.
The Oklahoma Night band features Lori J. Rose as the principal singer but others such as Doug R. Stone, Jayleen Stone, and Rob Hawkins are also featured. The band plays Traditional and Texas country plus a little Western Swing.
Lori and I (Butch Rose the drummer and band leader) have spent 6 years in Branson, MO, but are currently in Arkansas. Drop us an email.
Butch started playing drums as a high school student in 1955, where he learned to play Bob Wills type western swing and classic hillbilly music. Then in college he was introduced to marching band, where he learned to read drum music. He also played in the Debonaires, a 21 piece swing & jazz band sponsored by Southeastern State College.
When rock-n-roll was invented in the mid fifties, he was in on the ground floor. His band, the San Joaquin Valley Boys added various rock-n-roll tunes to their western swing program.
In 1959 and 1960 while Butch was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia with the US Navy, he played in almost every club in the Tidewater Virginia area, including a six months stint with Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps. In 1960 he returned to Oklahoma where he organized a band called the Maniacs. Then the war in Vietnam came along and Butch enlisted in the US Army where he stayed until 1970. While in the Army he kept up his music, playing with various service bands until his discharge in 1970. He reentered the Army in the Reserves and retired in 1992.
He then returned to Oklahoma and began attending college at Southeastern State University where he completed a Masters in Behavioral Studies. While in college he played six nights a week at Arnolds Club with Billy Green and his band. He later worked for Billy Ferris at the Bamboo room, playing dinner music and old-time rock-n-roll.
After graduation he took a job with Eddie Ray at the Palms Danceland in Dallas, TX where he played for a year. In the summer of 1974 Butch organized his own band, Oklahoma Night and played at Friar Tucks Supper in Ruidosa, NM for the Summer. Orville Couch planned to put a group together to tour in the fall of 1974, and thanks to Eddie Rays introduction, Butch was hired as his drummer. But, just before the tour was to kick off, Butch was accepted in the Doctoral program in English at East Texas State University in Commerce, TX. After a long discussion with Orville, he decided to pursue his terminal degree so he put music aside.
When his coursework at East Texas State was completed, Butch accepted a job teaching English at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, OK where he recently retired after a 20 year career.
Eight years ago he got back into music and organized the Oklahoma Night band, with his wife Lori J. as female vocalist and back-up singer to the male vocalists in the band. In the past years they have played clubs and festivals in the Oklahoma-Texas-Arkansas area and have released one album.
Butch and Lori moved to Branson, MO in 1999 where he played with Smokin Country, Leather and Lace, The Delene Show, and The Hortons show. He was also Stage Director for The Cowboy Aint Dead Yet!
Butch also worked with Billy Don Brooks at the Take 2 Studio in Hochatown, OK doing studio work and demos for various artists. He manages Oklahoma Night Music, producing music CDs and music videos for a number of artists and is a frequent producer for Crystal Recordings. Butch is presently an assistant engineer with Monolith Productions in conjunction with his CD and video productions at Oklahoma Night Productions.
He and his wife Lori J. now live in Arkansas and play music locally and limited engagements on the road. Butch just returned from a successful tour in West Virginia with Gator and Friends, a Country, Cajun, and Gospel Band.
Gator and Friends 2016-Present
Richmond Road Band 2009-Present
Leon Page and Friends 2014-2017
Lanny Richmond and the Showroom Band 2009-2012
Don Thompson and Talimena Drive 2007-2009
Mountain Mist Band 2006
SISBRO (Outlaw Country) 2006
Nostalgia (Country) 2006
D. Ray Irish and Sessions Country) 2003-Present
Assistant Engineer (Audio and Video) Monolith Productions 2003-Present
PRCA Rodeo Clown and Barrelman 1976-Present
Stage Director The Cowboy Aint Dead Yet! 2000-Present
The Hortons INVALID Branson, MO) 2000-01
Delene (Lowe Theatre, Branson, MO)1999
Lace and Leather (Country)1999
Carl Acuff & Smokin Country1998
Doug Stone & Country Pride1997
PRCA Reserve Judge 1990-94
Oklahoma Night (Country/Rock) 1994-96
Eddie Ray & Palms Danceland Band (Country)1974
Gary Haworth & Friar Tucks Ramblers (Country & Rock) 1973-74
Billy Ferris & Bamboo Room Combo (Jazz)1972
Billy Green & Dan Curtis Trio (Country & Rock) 1971-72
Chick Marshall (Country)1970
Country Gentlemen (Country) 1968-70
Billy Knapp (Rock) 1959-60
Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps (Rock)1959
Linwood Rowe (Rock) 1958-59
PRCA Bull and Bareback Rider 1956-74
San Joaquin Valley Boys (Western Swing) 1956-58
Southeastern State College Swing Band (Swing) 1956-57
Franklin Lackey & The Country Cowboys (Country) 1956
Yes, we play live in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas, with a few dates in Missouri.
We like both traditional country and outlaw country. We also play western swing, a little jazz, and gospel. Willie Nelson is, probably, my biggest influence since he does it all, very well.
Peavy Sound Equipment, and I play Yamaha Birch drums with Zildjian cymbals.
Check out our web site: oklahomanight.com