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Morgan Phillips is a lifelong Tulsan who enjoys hot coffee, NPR and exploring Tulsa with her husband and two young daughters.

I like to say I was raised on ’90s country and sweet tea. When my elementary school counterparts were listening to Ace of Base, Mariah Carey and Nirvana, I was blasting Trisha Yearwood and Diamond Rio. My best friend and I even sang the Reba McEntire/Linda Davis duet “Does He Love You” in our fifth grade talent show. In hindsight, a song about cheating might have been a poor choice for 10-year-olds, but for whatever reason our parents didn’t crush our dreams.


Lorrie Morgan

On Sunday, Nov. 3, my country girl heart will be in heaven when The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino launches its 2019 Hard Rock Country Gold Series. Singer Lorrie Morgan (one of my personal faves) joins country staple Mark Chesnutt on stage. Tickets start at $29.50.

Morgan, one of the youngest performers to be introduced into the Grand Ole Opry, has sold over 8 million records, including 14 Top 10 hits, 12 record albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards. She made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards — “Five Minutes,” “Except for Monday,” “Something in Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part of No” — to establish her place as a country star. 

Mark Chesnutt

Mark Chestnutt

Chesnutt has produced 14 No. 1 hits, 23 Top 10 singles, four platinum albums and five gold records. After winning the CMA Horizon Award in 1993, he went on to release some of the most memorable singles of the ‘90s, including “Bubba Shot the Jukebox,” “I’ll Think of Something,” “Blame It On Texas,” “Going Through the Big D” and “Old Flames Have New Names,” to name a few.

Fortunately, the fun doesn’t end Sunday. The Country Gold Series brings more country music legends to The Joint through December:

Dec. 5: Travis Tritt

Dec. 13: Gary Allan

Dec. 15: Diamond Rio Holiday & Hits

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa, is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240. Ticket prices and information on upcoming shows are available at or by calling 918-384-ROCK. The Joint box office is open from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

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