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August 21, 2013

Service and tribute set for songwriter Carl Walker

NORMAN — A service to honor and celebrate Carl Brett Walker — a songwriter, performer, recording artist and guitarist — will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McFarlin Memorial Church, Fenn Hall, 419 S. University Blvd.

Walker died July 8, 2013, in his Draper, Utah, home at 51. Brett is survived by his widow, Sheron Hope Walker, and three children from a previous marriage, Sarah, Sam and Emma.

Walker’s former bandmates from Osage will perform Saturday at Bedlam Barbecue. Their performance will include covering selected songs written and originally performed by Walker.

Walker was born Nov. 14, 1961. He graduated from Norman High School with the class of 1980 and briefly attended the University of Oklahoma.

He started his first band with three of his high school friends in the basement of his home in east Norman. In the 1980s, Walker joined the local band Osage, playing primarily in the Oklahoma area.

A posthumous release of a Walker’s new album, “Straight Jacket Vacation,” will be Aug. 30.

He was scheduled to perform at the Melodic Rock Festival in Chicago. In tribute to Walker, his band, along with several guest vocalists, will perform his music at the festival Sept. 28.

Via monitors and video screens, Walker also will appear prerecorded during the opening and closing numbers, and his background vocals will be included accompanying the guest singers.

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