Jana Kramer

Doc Roc Presents

Jana Kramer

Canaan Smith, Austin Webb

Fri Mar 14

Doors: 7:00 pm

Cain's Ballroom

Tulsa, OK

$14.00 - $29.00

This event is all ages


Show :: 8pm (times subject to change)

Advance $14 | Day of $16 | Door $16 | Mezzanine $29

There is a $2 fee that applies to each ticket purchased at the Cain's Box Office.

No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds!

Oklahoma Joe’s will be serving their full menu from 7pm – 9pm.

Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer
If you ask Jana Kramer to describe her life in this very moment she would say, "Dreams really do come true." The singer/songwriter/actress has already had success with three songs that were featured on The CW's "One Tree Hill," where she plays the firecracker actress, Alex Dupre. Jana will debut a fourth song on "One Tree Hill" this upcoming season that will air mid-January.
Jana is no stranger to the bright lights with her impressive string of movie and television roles, but she credits her recent break into the music industry as her most important accomplishment to date.
"I love acting, but my heart and soul is in singing. I've been terrified to pursue this dream because it's so personal to me. If someone tells me they don't like my voice, it's a lot harder of a hit to take," said Jana. "This is what I've always wanted to do. I've wanted to do music my entire life.
Growing up in Michigan, Jana is no stranger to the rich history of country music, crediting one of her favorite memories to baking cookies with her grandmother while listening to Patsy Cline. These little moments are one of the many reasons why Jana hopes to share her music with others.
And she's doing just that as the singer-songwriter is lighting up country music with her emotionally moving songs and sweet, country vocals, selling over 150,000 digital singles in the first six months. All eyes are on Jana as she boldly graces country music with a fresh, new sound and powerful new music.
"Country music is in my blood. I love country music because it tells a story and I have a lot of stories to tell."
Canaan Smith
Canaan Smith
Possessing a distinctive voice that combines a breezy cool vibe with heart-on-his-sleeve emotional honesty, Canaan Smith has emerged as one of country music's most compelling new artists. Behind his easy-going boy next door charm lies an accomplished storyteller equally gifted at romantic ballads, up tempo anthems and poignant slice of life songs that convey universal truths.
The young artist's ability to draw from such a vivid emotional canvas comes from a life well lived. Equal parts sensitive songwriter and fearless adventurer, Canaan was writing and performing around Music City when he was recruited to compete on the hit television reality show "The Amazing Race," traveling to such locales as Dubai, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia. However to him the most exciting adventure was seeing his reputation as a songwriter grow as he scored cuts by Jason Aldean, Billy Ray Cyrus/Amy Grant, Love and Theft and other acts and scored his first top ten hit as a songwriter.
"It's all about the stories," Canaan says when asked about his love of country music. "You can listen to a country song and it will raise the hair on your arms. I'm a people person and I love being able to connect with people. I've always admired the way my heroes made real connections with country fans; I want to follow in their footsteps."
Canaan learned an appreciation for all styles of music growing up in Williamsburg, Va. "I grew up listening to music in general and that included every genre, from the hardest rock to the twangiest country," he says. "I have video recordings of me singing George Strait songs to my mom and also fond memories of my dad and I head-banging in the car to Rage Against the Machine. I was a skateboarder, basketball player, horseback rider and I wanted to be a cowboy."
Canaan was the fourth of six kids in a boisterous, loving family that encouraged his music dreams, but his world was shattered when he was 11 and his older brother was killed. "He was 16 and died in a car accident. That just rocked our world," Canaan says quietly. "I can't think of anything worse that can happen to a family. That's really the point in my life when I had to decide the way the world works. Is it good or is it bad? I wrestled with my view on God and the world having meaning. I had to really start wrestling with these questions at a young age. I think God gave me strength to be able to see things in a positive light so that very much shaped who I am as an artist. That's why I sing about what I sing about. I know it's going to be okay because I've been to the darkest place."
Music became a refuge, a source of comfort and provided catharsis. "I formed a band with my two best friends when we were in sixth grade and we stayed together through senior year of high school," says Canaan. "We played music and wrote our own songs for six years. I really got a crash course at a young age in what it means to be in a band and to be a traveling act. Our parents would drive us around until we could drive and then we'd drive ourselves. I'm so thankful that I got to do that because you learn to hone your craft. It was great finding a sense of community that encourages you to do what you are passionate about and can do it with you; to have that at a young age was great. I also got to see what works in front of a crowd and what doesn't, what it means to be in the studio, the process of recording and the discipline of writing songs and rehearsing. Knowing how to do that is invaluable."
Not only did Canaan have the opportunity to polish his creative skills, he gained valuable business acumen and developed an impressive work ethic. Long before anyone had ever heard of a Kickstarter program, Canaan and his band raised money to record their first album by selling advance copies to their friends at school. "We walked around our high school and said, 'Hey, we're going to record an album and don't have the money. Would you pre-buy an album and we'll give it to you when we're done?' We raised a couple thousand dollars, went and made an album and gave people their albums," he says. "Looking back it was pretty bad ass. Our friends are the cool ones for trusting us with their money and I guess that was also indicative that they really believed in what we were doing."
The band recorded 11 original songs and became a regional sensation, but after high school, they parted ways. Canaan spent a year at James Madison University before heading to Florida's prestigious Full Sail University where he entered an accelerated program and received a recording/engineering degree. Afterward he moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and began performing around Music City, landing a regular gig at the popular nightspot On the Rocks. He began writing with other tunesmiths, including Love and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles. Their collaboration "Runaway" became Love and Theft's first single and a top ten hit.
Canaan landed a publishing deal with Disney Music Publishing and caught the attention of Brett Beavers (Dierks Bentley) who not only wanted to co-write with the up and coming young writer, but also wanted to produce him as well. "We sat down over drinks and he said, 'I've been going around my office this week holding up this CD saying, "This is Canaan Smith! This is the next big thing,"" Canaan recalls. "I just couldn't stop smiling."
Working with Beavers and Luke Wooten, Canaan has crafted a memorable debut album that showcases his strong, supple vocals and his insightful, evocative songwriting. The lead single, "We Got Us," is a tender romantic ballad that anyone who has ever been in love and struggling against all odds will relate to instantly. "I Like It That Way" is an appealing up tempo come on. "All in My Head" is a vibrant track that oozes with personality while "Prettiest Girl in Town" demonstrates Canaan's depth as a songwriter as he entertains the listener with a breezy tune about a pretty girl then lands an emotional punch as you realize that pretty girl is a youngster battling cancer.
It's that ability to deliver songs that are both engaging and emotionally riveting that distinguishes Canaan Smith. As an opening act for Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker and others, he's earned a loyal, enthusiastic fan base. His music is realistic and honest, yet with a deep undercurrent of hope that reflects the young artist's view on life. "My favorite part of this whole process is taking the music to the people, letting them hear and connect with my music," Canaan says. "The coolest part is that you know for three and a half minutes you are speaking the same language. If they relate to you on that one song, then you can be two totally different people from two different worlds, but you are speaking the same language. I really like that."
Austin Webb
Austin Webb
Austin grew up in Greenville, S.C. listening to healthy doses of Motown, R&B, rock, and retro country from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. He also loved authors like Oscar Wilde, O Henry, Walt Whitman and Dylan Thomas, and started writing poetry at nine years old. He knew he was going to be a writer of some sort, and at 16 when he picked up a guitar, he began pouring out his emotions into songs.

His Martin guitar has been with him through thick and thin since he was 16, and is his most prized possession. It’s already nearly as beat up as Willie Nelson’s from being played eight hours a day for years, and he keeps signed photos of two of his heroes, Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson, on the back of it. “I really love that guitar…it never talks back, it never pisses me off, it never gets mad -- it’s so neutral and apathetic, but it cares for me in a sense. I love it. And I can beat it up all I want.” (laughs)

For a time after high school, he went to Atlanta and played gigs up and down the East Coast. He worked 25 different odd jobs during his pursuit to make it as a singer/songwriter, including working on the line building cars at a BMW plant. “I‘ve always had to work hard for everything…nothing was ever handed to me. My family is not very rich, they’re just regular people, so I had to do a lot of things for myself and so I’ve always had a pretty good work ethic.”

Austin’s first trip to Nashville was completely spontaneous after a bad breakup. He turned his car around and drove all night to Music City, stopping at Johnny Cash’s grave about four in the morning to pay respects to the country legend with a few songs on his guitar. On his way back home from the trip, he stopped into a Waffle House, put Patsy Cline on the jukebox, and met a charming older couple. The husband turned out to be none other than Charlie Louvin, (another influence of Austin’s) and the two soon became fast friends. Charlie invited him to play onstage with him that night at the Smokehouse in Monteagle, TN, and when he introduced him, he told the crowd Austin reminded him of Kris Kristofferson - one of Austin’s heroes! He kept in touch with Charlie up until a week before he died.

After winning a songwriting competition, the Nashville Connection, he moved to Nashville and his demo made its way into the hands of renowned producer Byron Gallimore, who immediately offered him a publishing deal. His debut on Streamsound Records is due out later this year.

Austin describes his music as “country soul.” “It’s country and it’s soul. I think it’s therapeutic. I try to stay as honest and relevant as possible in the lyrical content. And when I write I’m writing about things I believe in. It’s not exactly what you say but it’s a lot of how you say it. I think that my music is at its core honest at all times. I moved here to write songs. I would love to be a huge artist someday, but I know I’m gonna write songs no matter what. That‘s what I love most.”

Austin’s top three musical influences are Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, and Bill Withers, but he also has tons of songwriting heroes like Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, and Guy Clark as well, and also listened to everything from Nina Simone and Janis Ian to John Mayer and Billy Preston growing up. From the upbeat, “It’s All Good,” to the gut-wrenchingly honest “Getting Even,” his songs convey the real emotions of everyday life in fresh and rousing new ways.

For some examples of the things Austin loves, check out his arm. His sleeve of tattoos includes pictures of his beloved basset hound Archie, who passed away, a vintage radio, an ex-girlfriend, a ship’s wheel, and many more. He also has a weakness for redheads. A romantic at heart, his last six girlfriends have all been redheads!
Venue Information:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St.
Tulsa, OK, 74103
http://www.cainsballroom.com