As the only station in the tristate region focused on Red Dirt Country, Dirt Road Radio is dedicated to bringing you the very best of the genre plus some classic country, a little modern country, and an occasional song from way off the road. From those who paved the path to the new artists just starting their journey, we have them all.
Tune in for great programs, and music you won’t hear on any other station!
Country Music Programs
Mondays: On the Hour
The Munsick family has deep musical roots. Father Dave instilled in his young sons a love for the western way of life and the music that tells its stories. We honor these Wyoming artists by playing tunes from Tris and Innocents, Ian Munsick, Dave Munsick, or the Munsick Boys at the top of each music hour on Mondays.
Sometimes the road just gets to be too much. Then you’ve got to drop your Pit Vipers on, fluff that mullet, and hit the ditch. Ditch music is our departure from the norm for a quick rock ‘n roll, 80’s ballad, or oldies throwback. We are always open to suggestions, so let us know what you want to hear when we hit the ditch!
Red Dirt Proud
Wednesdays: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Playing the perfect mix of Texas & Red Dirt Music for three hours and hosted by long-time Country and Red Dirt Radio DJ, JB Cloud. JB has been highly successful playing the new hits, new artists, live cuts, the old stuff, and everything in between.
Fridays: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Official Texas Countdown with Chuck Taylor is the longest-running original countdown of Texas music! Chuck Taylor first moved to Austin Texas, in 1999 where he fell in love twice, once with the woman who would become his wife and once with Texas Music. He is recognized for his interviews with the biggest names in Texas music. The music coming from Texas is real and that’s what I love about it,” said Chuck.
Sunday Morning Coming Down
Sundays: 6:00-8:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Coming Down is a two-hour show that features Texas-Red Dirt Artists as well as Country Legends. Its songs are about Faith, Family, Friends, and Freedom! SMCD was created in 2008 to bring Texas Music fans a Sunday morning show that featured uplifting, spiritual songs from their favorite Texas Music artists. Host, Crowman (Mike Crow), is celebrating 30 years playing Independent Texas Red-Dirt Artists. Many current popular Texas Singer-Songwriters received their first airplay on one of Crowman’s many radio shows.
Classic Country Sunday LIVE
Sundays: 9:00 a.m.- noon
Tune in LIVE on Sundays to listen to great, classic country with Billing’s own Ed Mcintosh on the Mighty KGHL. Call the station with requests at 406-238-1079 or text Ed at 406-318-7790!
Red Dirt Country Featured Artists
What is Red Dirt County?
Red Dirt is a genre of country music that is influenced by folk, rock, country, bluegrass, blues, Western swing, honky tonk, and even a little Mexican. Its name comes from the red soil that is prevalent in Oklahoma. In fact, Stillwater, Oklahoma is considered to be the home of Red Dirt Country.
Red dirt enthusiast Tonya Little says, “Once upon a time, I think the term “red dirt” was created to give a name to a group of Oklahoman musicians who didn’t really fit in anywhere else; a name for bands who did their own thing without care for the “rules” of the big music game, commonly found in the Nashville area. I also think that although this name may have been used to describe a certain sound and style of music at one point, I really think now the term is loosely used, not to describe a musical sound, but instead to describe a community of like-minded musicians who play by their own rules. I also think that, although there was a certain sound of red dirt when it started in the mid-‘70s, that sound also evolved into something different in the ‘90s, and continues to evolve as time goes on.”
According to Little, it all started in 1972 when musician Steve Ripley and his band Moses put out an album stating, “Red dirt is a hue of funk, a shade of sound, a basic spirit embodied in music.” That same year Jesse Ed Davis, an Oklahoma Native American musician, released a song called “Red Dirt Boogie Brother.” Red Dirt was off and running. By the mid-1970s John Cooper had rented an old two-story house that came to be known as “The Farm.”
It quickly became the place to be for up-and-coming red dirt artists, including Bob Childers who is known as the Godfather of Red Dirt Country. In 1974 Willie’s Saloon opened and provided a venue for live red dirt music.
By the time the 1990s rolled around red dirt country was a Stillwater staple and had spread like wildfire to the surrounding states. In this era names like Mike McClue, Cody Canada, Jason Boland, and Stoney LaRue became household names who represented an artistic shift in the sound of red dirt country.
In 2003, “The Farm” burned to the ground. Around this time, Jason Boland had rented a little house near the Oklahoma State University campus while playing the Wormy Dog bar every week. He gathered up Cody Canada and Stoney LaRue to live with him and “The Yellow House” was born. For a period, it was the epicenter of red dirt country.
By the time “The Yellow House” went away, red dirt country was well established throughout the United States with a strong following of people who were looking for a more unique sound that goes against the establishment.