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With an art deco skyline of gargoyles and spires, Tulsa, Oklahoma, has long been rich in the arts, from Cain’s Ballroom—displaying paraphernalia from famous headliners including Bob Wills, the Sex Pistols, and Wilco—to a glassblowing school and the 19,000-seat BOK Center. Now the Woody Guthrie Center, which made its debut in April 2013 in the Brady Arts District, makes this sleepy city an even bigger draw for music fans.

I’ve been transcribing two boxes of travel journals I keep stashed under my desk. I’m far from finished, but a clear pattern has emerged. Wherever I was making my entry – geographically or mentally – one key part of the trip consistently escaped record: the return home.

At the risk of cheap rent increasing and a Pinkberry being on every corner, I’m going to go ahead and say it — one of Oklahoma’s two main towns is going to be the next Austin. Oklahoma City or Tulsa. Granted, I don’t have all the fancy numbers to back this claim up, but fancy numbers are not what Okies are all about. They’re good folks who love their live music, and anyone who begs to differ should spend an evening catching a show at Cain’s Ballroom. So which is it?

The best thing about Tulsa (my hometown) is the worst thing about Tulsa. It’s not a big place. But, when your pal sends you a text message saying he’s going to be an hour late to meet you down on Brookside, its smallness comes in handy. Especially if you’re into architecture.

Denver Nicks and Andrea Leitch are a little bit country (Oklahoma), and a little bit rock and roll (New York City/DC, respectively). They met as awkward 11-year-olds, ran in the same circle in high school and have managed to stay close over the years. He’s written for The Daily Beast, The Nation and AlterNet (he even wrote a book). She’s worked at Vogue and has been a proud member of National Geographic Traveler’s digital team for almost a year now. Check out these two Okies’ takes on their hometown of Tulsa.