Nashville’s Fats Kaplin Hosts Live From Cain’s Thursdays | Cain’s Ballroom Public Radio Show Recording


Nashville multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin is hosting the Thursday, Nov. 3 taping of “Live From Cain’s,” a public radio show for live audiences in historic downtown Tulsa. Cain’s Ballroom, the show’s producers announced today. The evening features Grammy-nominated John Fulbright from Tulsa as musical guest, as well as a performance by singer-songwriter Kalyn Fay, one of the Indigenous artists highlighted on ᎠᏅᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ( Anvdvnelisgi or “Performers”), a new album of contemporary music performed entirely in the Cherokee language and produced by Cherokee filmmaker Jeremy Charles. Tickets are on sale now at for the event.

Fats Kaplin is a renowned studio musician and multi-instrumentalist who is a regular part of Jack White’s backing band and has worked with everyone from Buddy Miller and Beck to John Prine and Elvis Costello. A follower of a wide range of musical genres, Kaplin is an accomplished composer, as well as a ranked chess player and amateur magician. Closer to home, Kaplin played for years with Oklahoma native Kevin Welch and is closely associated with The Tractors, the country rock band formed in 1990 by (now deceased) Steve Ripley and Jamie Oldaker. Most recently, Kaplin performed as part of the All-Star Tribute to Loretta Lynn at the historic Ryman Theater in Nashville on October 30. The evening included performances by Jack White, Margo Price, Wynonna Judd and Brandi Carlile.

Fullbright will perform with the LFC House Band, The Oklahoma Specials, with bandleader Paul Benjaman (guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums), Jesse Aycock (lap steel), Stephen Lee (guitar), Roger Ray (steel pedal) and Jeremy Watkins (violin). The evening of music and conversation, which is open to the public, is also part of the lineup for the Music Cities Convention, a global conference to be held in Tulsa Nov. 2-5 that explores the use and importance music in the development of cities around the world.

After taping the first episode of LFC in May 2019 in front of a live audience at Cain’s with musical guest Bonnie Bishop and host Robbie Fulks, LFC received a development grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to produce seven pilot episodes additional. With the onset of Covid-19, LFC made the quick decision to shift to live broadcasts without an audience/in closed venues and recordings of radio shows with artists like the former Poet Laureate and musician American Joy Harjo, blues great Bobby Rush and Grammy-nominated Shemekia Copeland. .

LFC recently received an implementation grant from CPB to produce eight additional radio episodes and a variety of digital content.

“We are honored to receive additional funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and we are thrilled to be back taping live radio shows,” said LFC co-producer Kelly Burley. “We see live from Cain’s as an opportunity to deliver smart, forward-thinking entertainment to a national public radio audience, as well as a great platform to showcase not just national talent, but also talent from around the world. Oklahoma, and to promote Tulsa as a premier destination for music, sightseeing and culture.

WHAT: “Live from Cain’s”, a live radio show

WHEN: Thu Nov 3, 6.30 p.m. doors/show at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Cain Ballroom, 423 N. Main, Tulsa

TICKETS: $20 (advance/GA) available


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