Nashville's Fats Kaplin hosts Live From Cain's Thursday | Public Radio Show taping from Cain's Ballroom

Article Contributed by Julie Watson | Published on Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Nashville multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin is the host of the Thursday, Nov. 3 taping of “Live From Cain’s,” a public radio show for a live audience at Tulsa’s historic Cain’s Ballroom, the show’s producers announced today. The evening features Tulsa’s Grammy-nominated John Fullbright as the musical guest, along with a performance from singer-songwriter Kalyn Fay, one of the Native 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 tours regularly as part of Jack White’s backing band and has worked with everyone from Buddy Miller and Beck to John Prine and Elvis Costello. Adept in 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-raised Kevin Welch and is closely associated with The Tractors, the country rock band formed in 1990 by (the now deceased) Steve Ripley and Jamie Oldaker. Most recently, Kaplin performed as part of the all-star tribute to Loretta Lynn at Nashville’s historic Ryman Theater Oct. 30. The evening included performances from 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 (pedal steel) and Jeremy Watkins (fiddle). The evening of music and conversation, which is open to the public, is also part of the scheduled programming for the Music Cities Convention, a global conference taking place in Tulsa Nov. 2-5, which explores the use and importance of music in the development of cities all around the world.

After recording 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 Developmental Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to produce seven additional pilot episodes. With the arrival of Covid-19, LFC made a quick decision to turn to no-audience/closed venue livestreams and radio show tapings with artists like former US Poet Laureate and musician Joy Harjo, blues great Bobby Rush, and Grammy-nominated Shemekia Copeland.

LFC was recently awarded an Implementation Grant from CPB to produce eight additional radio show episodes and a variety of digital content.

“We’re honored to receive additional funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and we’re thrilled to be back to live radio show tapings,” says LFC’s co-producer, Kelly Burley. “We see Live from Cain’s as an opportunity to bring smart, edgy entertainment to a national public radio audience, as well as a great platform to showcase not only national talent, but Oklahoma talent, as well, and to highlight Tulsa as a premier destination for music, tourism and culture.”

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

WHEN: Thurs. Nov. 3, 6:30 PM doors/7:00 PM show

WHERE: Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main, Tulsa

TICKETS: $20 (advance/GA) available