The Pickin’ Parlor is a family friendly, traditional country music theater conveniently located in Downtown Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The Pickin’ Parlor is proud of the fact that they offer Nashville quality entertainment beginning with their very own house band, the Oklahoma Playboys led by Roger Springer.
Springer is a multiaward winning singer/songwriter and a former recording artist with MCA. As a singer, he is best known for his 1992 release, “The Right One Left.” As a songwriter, Springer has co-written single releases with Mark Cestnutt (“I Might Even Quit Loving You,” “It’s a Little Too Late”) and Sammy Kershaw (“Matches”).
Over the past year, owners Allen and Karen Stonecipher said, the Parlor has played host to some well received country music luminaries. Doug Stone, who dominated the charts in the 1990s with four number one hits and Hall of Fame songwriter Dean Dillon, who with over 300 songs recorded, including 50 by George Straight alone, hosted a successful songwriter’s workshop along with Springer last summer. Bryan White and Wade Hayes have also appeared at The Pickin’ Parlor.
A couple of “second generation” entertainers have proven to be crowd pleasers at the no alcohol venue as well. Merle Haggard’s son, Marty Haggard, not only sounds a great deal like his famous father but he is almost the spitting image of the late country music legend. Georgette Jones is no less country music royalty as the daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette, but an entertainer in her own right.
“We are currently in negotiation with two more next generation acts, the grandson of Conway Twitty and the granddaughter of Loretta Lynn,” Allen Stonecipher said.
The Stoneciphers have a couple of good reasons for starting up The Pickin’ Parlor.
“For one thing, I wanted to open a place in the downtown area of Tishomingo where entire families, including their little children, could come and enjoy traditional, live country music where no alcohol is served,” Allen Stonecipher said. “Also, my son is a very talented musician, who plays steel guitar in the Oklahoma Playboys house band, and I wanted him to be able to play his music in a quality and safe venue. We have a really homey and intimate atmosphere. When an entertainer leaves the stage, they walk right into the audience. I remember Georgette Jones said, ‘This is fun, we’ve never played a concert like this.’
Sherman businessman and avid country music enthusiast Chris Cavender also has an appreciation for the venue.
“I’ve been to The Pickin’ Parlor on three occasions and each time was really enjoyable,” Cavender said. “Georgette Jones was a true highlight with a style all her own and she had a beautiful voice. I love the intimate surrounding. It’s a knotty pine walled room with a homey feel. I highly recommend it as a quality family outing.”
The Pickin’ Parlor is located at 607 East Main Street in Tishomingo. For more information on upcoming shows visit their Facebook page or call 615-427-5224.