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Mr. Battle becomes one-man show

Terry Battle III, a.k.a. Mr. Battle, made his debut visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist and proved to be ready for his shot at music glory. Composed and with a solid direction, Battle knows what he wants and it's to rock. 

A one-man band, this Lawton-based artist is pushing his creative limits. Battle said he started getting into rock and metal music and began to learn to play guitar at the age of 10. He moved his way into a few local bands once he got older and also began to learn new instruments  including using his voice. Once he hit 17 or 18, he said he discovered that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails wrote and recorded all his instruments himself "which blew my mind and really inspired me." At 19, Battle quit playing in his last band and went "straight for my dream" of becoming a fully solo artist.

"I was really yearning to become a solo artist and just do everything myself," Battle said. "Around then I started writing and recording my own songs."

In a three- to four-month span, Battle wrote and recorded a complete album that included 90 percent his musicianship  "It went really fast and just flowed out of me. I was really proud." At the moment, the album just needs some "minor touch-ups" and polish to get it just right. He said he's got three more singles ready for release, to accompany the two that are already out. The first single was played on the show: nMr. Battle  "King of the Wasteland" (Official Audio)  https://youtu.be/P5NcR-H6ZHk. 

A second single, "Crucifix" contains elements of Battle's love for 80s electronic music. "D.M.F." is the latest, and is available on iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Napster and pretty much all of the other streaming or purchase platforms, Battle said. Following release of all the singles, he plans on putting out the full, 12-track album, including physical copies.

Recorded in his home studio, Battle said about four years of experimentation has allowed him to hone his sound. You hear the meticulousness of the artist in the production.

"I always write and record every piece of my music," Battle said. "I play every instrument on all of my tracks and record all of the vocals myself as well. I really enjoy having full control over all my writing and recording, I like my songs to be the best they can be and true to my vision and the ideal sound I seek."

Battle uses his graphic design and film training to design all the logos and graphics for the project and his younger brother, Tobin, handles the photography. Everything revolves around the music, he said. It's formed from his influences and infused with creativity. From heavy metal to 80s synth pop to 70s disco and funk, he said he finds something that fits his personality. 

Music has been a home. Battle said a rough home life growing up gave him youthful aggression and wildness. Music that matched that mood actually soothed his savage side, he said. A live AC/DC DVD gave him direction  "I knew it's what I wanted to do." 

"I was so struck that I became obsessed with music," Battle said. "My papa knew how to play guitar and so I asked him if he could teach me how to play, and he got me started on that. He taught me several of the main chords and a couple riffs, and I ended up buying an AC/DC guitar tablature book and that thing became my bible. For me, music was the ultimate way that I could be the real me, just raw and crazy, reflective of my old environment. It represented a place where it was okay to be upset and psycho."

Battle said music opened a door for expression that wouldn't make sense otherwise, where "I could let this wild, primal force out and feel great about it," he said. Although a solo act in the studio, he has bigger plans than playing music in a room and into a recording device. He's putting together a band for live shows. He has a guitarist and drummer but he's looking for a bassist. 

He's ready to get his music out to the world. Next stop, he said is to make a difference in the music world. 

"My goal is to take the torch in rock and metal, that seems to just be floating, and take it by storm by creating great new metal and rock for the world," Battle said. "Something reminiscent of the best old metal and rock, yet modern and completely original." 

You can help Battle out as he works to make his place as the neXt2rock by going to http://www.bear104.com/2018/06/25/next2rock-2018/ and by clicking on his song.

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If you didn't make it out to VFW Post 5263 for the Friday the 13th homecoming/49th birthday show of Eric McDaniel with his band Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers you really are unlucky. At the least, you have every reason to be blue  missing one of the top blues acts anywhere can do that to a person. Fortunately, I can share some highlights (from a night filled with them). 

From the title track of their next album "Cloudless Day" to the Muddy Waters' "Mojo Workin'" the powerhouse quartet pushed the blues boundaries while defining their sound. Guitarist Ike Lamb, a well-known commodity in the blues world, took over vocals for a rousing and rockin' number: nDirty Red & The Soul Shakers (Ike Lamb on vocals)  "Roller Derby Wreckin' Machine"  https://youtu.be/P6qPQcVOhpk.

It's McDaniel's vocals and harmonica work that brings this band to the forefront. A pure showman with a riotous delivery style, he shined during "Shake Your Hips" as well as with this Freddy King classic: nDirty Red & The Soul Shakers  "I'm Goin' Down"  https://youtu.be/zOTslf8pqIY.

The band's take on Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" included Lamb's guitar transition into elements of Hendrix's "3rd Stone From The Sun" to reach transcendence. With the closing number "I'm About To Bring My Hammer Down," you felt that hammer's weight and knew these gents left everything on the stage and in the ears of a happy and satiated audience.

The night showed how you bring your talent back home to shine and that they did.

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I'm going to be gone the first part of next week and need all club listings for the July 27 edition posted online by Friday for inclusion.

Seriously, we've talked to a few but need more performers who have been a part of the radio show or who will be in the future, to send us your best funny covers, originals and mash-ups for the LLOLAF End-Of-Summer Special Mix Tape. You can record it yourself or, if you need to come to the studio, either contact Steve Carr or the columnist via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steveoandthescribe/; or email our email: soundemoniumgmail.com.

Make us laugh: nStephen Lynch "Beelz"  https://youtu.be/swGBlDn_yiI.

Mr. Battle's visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist was a great introduction to a new talent. A super nice guy, he has vision and a plan with enough talent to get there. 

Jokey went for the rap angle with this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"Hip Hopalong Cassidy."

Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 6:25 p.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/. 

And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: soundemoniumgmail.com.

#Sundaymonium  Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week's show followed by this week's show: 6 p.m., Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers; 6:30 p.m., Terry Battle III, a.k.a. Mr. Battle. 

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