Tucked into the basement of a stately ’30s farmhouse is Mike McClure’s brilliantly bizarre recording studio, a cross between a rock ’n’ roll man cave and a psychedelic antique mall that comes with a petting zoo on the side. In the past five years or so, some of the top talents on the state’s music scene have flocked to the southern Oklahoma college town to venture into The Boohatch, where a stuffed pheasant bears a giraffe’s head, a woman’s mannequin head wears a luchador’s mask, and a beastly gorilla suit looms in the corner.
“It’s a relaxed atmosphere where the song’s as important as anything else. I’ve been in situations where I wasn’t comfortable in a recording studio, and it really comes out in the recording. You know, you’re in a stiff environment and you play stiffly.
“I’ve tried to create a place where people can just come and be themselves and be relaxed and not worry about knocking a beer over in the floor. I don’t care. I’m obviously not a clean freak.” - Mike McClure
The Boohatch Show
The Turnpike Troubadours
The Damn Quails|
Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition
The Suede Panther
Hunter McKithan and the Offenders
Sherman Connelly and War Pony