Chainsaw Kittens Itinerary

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Before the Chainsaw Kittens were influencing the alternative rock scene, they spent time going to school, working and vacationing in Oklahoma. Discover the little-known favorite places of lead singer Tyson Meade like Murphy’s Original Steak House in Bartlesville and The Opolis in Norman. You’ll also visit the current stomping grounds of bass guitarist-turned-music producer Trent Bell and visit some of the state’s most beloved record shops in both Tulsa and Norman.

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Pawhuska
2131 Osage Hills Park Road
Pawhuska, OK

Stop 1: Osage Hills State Park

While growing up a few miles from the nearby town of Bartlesville in northeast Oklahoma, Tyson Meade said he “loved spending time at Osage Hills State Park.”

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Bartlesville
1625 Southwest Frank Phillips Boulevard
Bartlesville, OK

Stop 2: Murphy's Original Steak House

According to Tyson Meade, Murphy’s is an “institution” and the hot hamburger (an open-faced hamburger topped with French fries and smothered in brown gravy) is a must.

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1700 Hillcrest Drive
Bartlesville, OK

Stop 3: College High School (now Bartlesville High School)

Take a drive to Bartlesville High School - which was named College High School when Tyson Meade graduated in 1982.

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1901 Price Road
Bartlesville, OK

Stop 4: Hillcrest Country Club

Tyson’s Meade’s first job was as a busboy at the Hillcrest Country Club.

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Tulsa
304 South Trenton Avenue
Tulsa, OK

Stop 5: The Church Studio

The Chainsaw Kittens recorded their first album, Violent Religion, at the Church Studio, which is owned by fellow Oklahoma musician Leon Russell.

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1241 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK

Stop 6: Honest John’s (now Starship Records)

In his youth, Tyson Meade “spent a lot of time record shopping in Tulsa at Honest John’s, which later became Starship Records.” The original building is at 2619 East 15th Street and is now the “CuriOZity” shop.

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Norman
3532 Wellsite Drive
Norman, OK

Stop 7: Bell Labs Recording Studio

Trent Bell remained in the music industry as a music producer and opened a 3,000 square foot recording studio that has produced and recorded hundreds of records for artists like the Flaming Lips.

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113 North Crawford Avenue
Norman, OK

Stop 8: The Opolis

The Opolis is Tyson Meade’s favorite venue to play in Oklahoma.

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911 West Main Street
Norman, OK

Stop 9: Norman High School

With the exception of Tyson Meade, all the original band members - including Trent Bell - graduated from Norman High School in 1989.

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Main Street
Norman, OK

Stop 10: Norman Music Festival

The band last played together at the 2008 Norman Music Festival. Make plans to attend this fast-growing event, which is held annually over two days each April.

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737 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK

Stop 11: Shadowplay Records (now CVS Pharmacy)

Take a look at the building where Tyson Meade met Trent Bell. Once home to Shadowplay Records, it now houses a CVS. Get the full record store experience with a trip to nearby Guestroom Records, located just two blocks from the Opolis.

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601 West Eufaula Street
Norman, OK

Stop 12: Midway Grocery & Market

“The sandwiches at Midway Market in Norman are unbeatable anywhere,” Tyson Meade said. “I love the whole Hooterville vibe of that place.”

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