Voices of Oklahoma: Steve Ripley

Steve Ripley

"Being in the music business, there’s so much that doesn’t have to do with learning how to play guitar or sing a song. It’s so many other things. But part of the rise to the top is the passion for it. There’s only one reason to be in this business, and that’s that you just can’t do anything else. It’s eating you up."

— The late Tulsa musician and songwriter Steve Ripley. He was a guitarist for Bob Dylan, a founding member of The Tractors and a patriarch of Red Dirt music. Ripley died Jan. 3.


"Voices of Oklahoma" is an oral history project founded by John Erling in 2009. Visit voicesofoklahoma.com.


A collection of these interviews is now available in a new book by John Erling with John Hamill.


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