Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Views on the Oil Boom From an Odessa Barbershop

Barber Bruce Connelly with a client at The Barbershop in Odessa, Texas.

Photo by Mose Buchele

Barber Bruce Conley with a client at The Barbershop in Odessa, Texas.

The Barbershop. In movies, TV, and popular culture it’s the place people go to catch up on what’s happening. If you want to get a feel for a place, it’s hard to beat the barbershop. People are in and out all day ready to shoot the breeze.

So on StateImpact Texas’ reporting trip to the Permian Basin, KUT’s Mose Buchele stopped into
“The Barbershop” on Dixie Avenue in Odessa. He heard from the regulars how life has changed during the current oil boom, and how things stacked up against the boom of the 1970s.

Click the player below to hear what they had to say.


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