Webb, Moon adding to repertoire
The year was made when Big Mike Webb and Lynn Moon stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of the column's radio show with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O and the scribe.
There's a reason why these two men have the reputations as musicians that they do. If you listened to Thursday morning's show, their performance of "Luckenbach, Texas" with Carr on harmonica and background vocals offered all the proof needed.
But it's the "making music just for fun moments" that will show up on future "Mix Tape" editions that remind me of every best reason to attend live music performances. Being a captive audience to three experienced, pure musicians like these allowed for some purely transcendental moments as a fan during performances of "Polk Salad Annie" and "Pride & Joy/Kansas City." You never know where it's going, you're not sure how you got from here to there, but every step along the way is as natural as breathing and as perfect as porcelain.
Webb's rich, deep voice is a conduit to a song library ranging from country to rock to soul and deeper than that. As warm as the man projecting the voice, it takes over any song and makes it his own. With Carr's harmonies, Moon's nylon-stringed guitar plucked was perfect accompaniment for a moment in time captured in a moment of music.
The trio has a bit of a background around local stages with Webb and Carr making their presence known anytime near a stage and microphone. Moon, who keeps digging deeper into his influence catalog, first earned his name on the Hard Roxx's stage in the 1980s by opening for touring heavyweights like Pantera when he was in Sanctum. Since then, his guitar lessons have kicked some talented careers into gear.
After retiring from Goodyear after 30 years, Webb said you'll have a lot more opportunity to hear this in action as he and Moon are adding new old songs to an already expansive repertoire. He's also getting ready to dive into guitar lessons. He said his family is where his voice originates and helped inspire him. "Mom and dad were my biggest fans," he said. "I miss them a lot."
Shows at The Guitar Bar have been home to legendary performances by Webb and assembled bands of top local musicians that have carried through a night's reverie more surely than champagne and don't leave you hung over in the morning. The pair will be joined by Moon's bandmate in East Cache Creek Band, the legendary Cody Newby, to help close out The White Buffalo's residency at Central Mall on Jan. 31. You can catch Moon, Newby and the East Cache Creek crew Saturday night in Wichita Falls, Texas, when they open for William Clark Green at The Warehouse.
Find Webb and East Cache Creek Band on Facebook to keep up with all the happenings.
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In a rare moment of someone getting his due, Uncle Dave Crow of The (legendary) JuJu Beans and Uncle Dave's Rock service was mentioned along with Oklahoma acts as "Ones to Watch," along with Arlo Guthrie, Stoney LaRue, Broncho and many others, to round out a list of 20 Greatest Okie Musicians in Preview 918 magazine's January issue. That's fitting that the longtime legend of Oklahoma and regional stages is listed among such peers. While Leon Russell, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Flaming Lips, All American Rejects, Blake Shelton, Woody Guthrie and more were among the featured 20, it says a lot about a "local" guy that he's among some real legends. Along with being honored, The Beans' first album is among those featured on the hard copy cover of the magazine, available at over 600 locations throughout the 918 area-code including QuikTrip and Reasor's.
Magazine editor-in-chief Chris Greer wrote of the list: "No matter how a list like this is pared down, it can't really capture all the talent and diversity that has made Oklahoma such a wonderful melting pot of sounds. But we gave it our best shot. Let the debates begin."
Crow was surprised by and delighted at the inclusion. "I just thought it was nice that we were on the list of bands to watch or pay attention to," he said. "So we are very appreciative of the notice."
The Beans are readying for a return to Lawton Jan. 19 when they headline a bill with The Big News and Spooky Fruit at the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan. He said he's looking to book another show there before long with the Joey C. Jones Band.
The band's mix of everything cool that combines rockabilly, country, pop, punk and more is equally powerful live or on recording. Until you get the album or check 'em out live, visit one of the band's many online sites as well as this old video from 2014 shot by the columnist: nThe JuJu Beans "Ride On" https://youtu.be/6dqOaNKCqjg.
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The Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore, has a real Southwest Oklahoma bluesman stompin' the beat, strummin' his Strat and singin' of sorrow and other blues subjects finishing out a five-night run at the Loft Bar Rusty Traywick Band. Always a Medicine Park favorite, this Anadarko-based master is going to be yours too: nRusty Traywick Band "Spoonfull" https://youtu.be/k2s0KkIcAx8.
The Loft Bar has Platinum Cafe gracing its stage Jan. 16-20 and Jan. 30-Feb. 3. Brian Lynn Jones will take residency Jan. 23-27 at the 21-and-over venue.
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Big Mike Webb and Lynn Moon made this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" a perfect combination for a cold Thursday morning's listen. A hot time was had while cutting some cool tunes.
Jokey McJokerson played with words for this week's joke setup. Here's the punch line:
"Beer nuts are a buck seventy-five; deer nuts are under a buck."
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