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Ciera MacKenzie signs label deal

Big things are afoot for a li'l firecracker of a singer/songwriter/musician who originated in Cache.

Ciera MacKenzie announced that she is signed to a label deal with Copperline Music Group. Now living in Nashville, Tenn., she said she can't begin to express how grateful and excited she is for the support of her new label. 

"I'm thrilled to be working with CMG," MacKenzie said. "I really think of my team as family. I believe when a family works together they are strong, and I am certain we will accomplish great things."

Now on the verge of 17, MacKenzie has been putting pen to paper since the age of 12 and putting those lyrics to melodies by learning the bass, electric and acoustic guitar. The columnist remembers her striking performance as a tween during the Philips Music Co. Stuent/Teacher Showcase where she performed an original song. Since then, she's been making a name by opening for established acts Big & Rich, Trick Pony, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, and Mark Chesnutt. She's also headlined events such as NAMM, Nashville Rising Star, the Airborne Annual Convention, and in January, she was the feature artist for the FedEx Super Bowl party in Detroit, Mich. She's also become a staple of the Radio Disney playlist.

Copperline Music Group knows MacKenzie's got the talent and moxie to go far.

"Working with Ciera has been quite inspirational," says Copperline Music Group's Rusty Harmon. "She embodies all of the elements of success: talent, determination, maturity, and work ethic. We are anxious to get this started!"

The ball will get rolling later this year when MacKenzie releases a new self-penned single, (produced by Emmy Award-winning Will Edwards).

Keep up with MacKenzie's ascent by visiting copperlinemusicgroup.com. 

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At 31:20 long, the latest project from the hardest working ambassador of rock and roll is inspiring people to pick up an instrument and just play.

Dave Grohl introduces his latest project "Play": "To any musician young or old, a studio full of instruments is like a playground." A black and white film/music video, it features Grohl and Grohl and another Grohl  seven in all for the performance. He steps into each instrument's position and begins to do just what the song's title implies: he plays. 

If you go to the website: https://play.roswellfilms.com/, you can view the short film. While there you can choose which instrument's audio and video you want to experience by hovering over "Choose Video" and click. Then, hover over "Choose Audio" to listen to the isolated track of the instrument or listen to the complete track.

Celebrates the rewards and challenges of dedicating one's life to playing and mastering a musical instrument

Of course, if you just want to enjoy a lengthy rock jam opus video: nDave Grohl "Play"  https://youtu.be/e05H80-k0mY.

The point to the proscription is to inspire a new generation of rockers. The film opens with Grohl's voice speaking about the rewards in overcoming the challenge to learn a new instrument. Interviews with young music students share stories about the lack of support for music education in their schools as well as the positives to playing an instrument. Visit the Roswell Films site and you can find links to benefit music-education organizations across the country. Make #JUSTPLAY trend. 

"It is a lifelong obsession, but at the end of the day, just like any kid, the reward is just to play," Grohl said. 

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The consummate musician and all-around good guy, Al Berry stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for a visit to "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. Man, was it a jam and a half  and that was before the music started. 

You know he's a heckuva songwriter after hearing Berry's original, "The Sailor." "A long time ago, I wrote that for my uncle," Berry said. "He was on the only ship that got sunk in the Korean War."

More good times came with a reworking of The Beatles' "Yesterday" (that'll never air) and one you will hear soon, "Hide Your Love Away." He and Steve-O tackled "Mary Jane's Last Dance" as well as a special surprise, "Me & Bobby McGee."

"One I heard Gordon Lightfoot do it, being a huge Gordon Lightfoot fan, I thought I could do it," Berry said. He sure can. 

Berry can do anything musically. He began playing drums at 11 and studied jazz styles for 2 years. At 13, things changed  "And then I realized all the girls fell for guitar players," he said. Self-taught, he took to watching the Glen Campbell Variety Hour and its star's style very closely. Influences ranging from Deep Purple to, of course, The Beatles helped shape him, as well as the storytellers like Harry Chapin and James Taylor. By high school he had been in two or three bands when he was signed as a 16-year-old to SoundTrac Records out of Fort Worth, Texas.

"That didn't work out and to avoid finishing my contract, I joined the Marine Corps," Berry said. After 10 years, he returned to civilian life and began playing music everywhere he could. That included a decade on the road as part of the Chelsea Street Pub circuit that took him through Texas, Colorado, Louisiana and further. He met some stars as they were stars and others on the way up  or down. A pair on the up were in the audience of a club in Beaumont, Texas, and began harmonizing with him. 

"I thought we should go on the road together," Berry said with a big smile on his face, "and then I found out it was Brooks & Dunn. I got to visiting with them; they're really nice guys."

Crazy moments happened, Berry said. He told of performing in Abilene, Texas, several years ago. He was approached by a father and his then-12-year-old daughter who wanted to perform a Patsy Cline song. He didn't know the song and offered her a shot acapela. It turns out the young lady was none other than Britney Spears.

"The audience just went nuts," Berry said. "That night I called my wife and said write this name down, she's going to be a star."

The Chelsea Street circuit was something special. Berry and Hal Ketchum developed a friendship from both working that route. 

"You'd play six days a week, travel on Sunday to get to the next week and do it again," he said. "I saw more of Texas than anybody should have to see; I made a lot of friends. I should write a book."

Of course, Berry is working on a book of fiction  and a book of tasteless toasts. He's a storyteller at heart but he has the skills of a master musician. After quitting the road life, he continued to play local stages with many great memories from Gertlestones from back in the day. That's where he met Carr through Big Mike Webb and many other local names. When asked his favorite venue to perform from all his experiences, he had not hesitation. "Gertlestones," he said. "In all the world, I loved that place."

You can check out his ode to those glory days on Lawton's Cache Road: nAl Berry with Steve-O  "Meet Me at Gertlestones"  https://youtu.be/yMmA4HvOHV0.

You can find more of Berry's original music online at ReverbNation and keep watching because he's bound to be popping up on local stages again soon. 

Sing us a silly song if you've 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-SummerSpecial Mix Tape. You can record it yourself or, 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.

Here's a great suggestion from Mr. Berry: nSteve Goodman "Talk Backwards"  https://youtu.be/P0niyTcxeqs.

Jokey is making it "Hoth in here" with this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"Wookieleaks."

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., Bannister Chaava; 6:30 p.m., Al Berry. 

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