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'Dirty Red' promotes birthday show

Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers stopped by Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, to promote the 49th birthday show for Eric "Dirty Red" McDaniel on Friday night at VFW Post 5263, 103 NE 20th. From 8 p.m. to midnight, you can get lucky this Friday the 13th with one of the baddest and best blues bands in the country. Tickets are $10 at the door for the 21-and-up show. 

"I'm from here and I've got a lot of friends and family here and I want everybody to come out and see what I've been doing," McDaniel said. "I love this town and I want to see everybody. We're all going to 49 together on July 13!"

McDaniel and his compadres  Ike Lamb, guitar; John Stendel, bass; and Forrest Worrell, drums  knocked out some tenacious and occasionally salacious blues classics at Studio Blanket/Tent Fort  "They do call me Dirty Red," the singer said. On the show, you heard a double shot of songs, including a cover of David Bowie's "It Ain't Easy," as well as a cover of Muddy Waters' "Mojo Workin'" that also featured the harp work of Carr. Other tracks will be showing up in upcoming Mix Tapes episodes of the show, including "Rattlin' Blues," the ticklish "Creepin,'" and "Ride That Train." Carr and McDaniel have a friendship that spans decades and the singer credits the DJ with inspiring him to sing and play harmonica. 

"Steve-O is a blues guy," McDaniel said. "He turned me onto a lot of blues."

The band has just returned from a mini-tour that took them to Chicago, Ill., where they headlined a set at the House of Blues. Several record labels were in attendance and there's high hopes of some good news in the near future. For the hometown singer, he's feeling at the top of his game and also feeling blessed in his career's bounty. 

"I've played Memphis, Nashville and now Chicago," McDaniel said. "What else do I need?"

The band has recorded a new album, "Cloudless Day," and previewed tracks are something fierce. Following a Top 40 placement in January during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Dirty Red and the boys found their stock rising. It comes from chops, musicianship and, at the core, strong songs. 

"Since then, things have been running wild," McDaniel said. "We're doin' alright, that's for sure."

That's pretty good stuff to crow about for a blues harmonica master who first took to the instrument about 12 years ago. Although his friendship with Carr led him in that direction, it was a nephew who gave him his first harmonica that got the ball rolling. It was in the Key of G and the budding bluesman played it constantly during off time as a Hospice nurse. 

The blues were in McDaniel's blood early, though. He said it took as a kid when he went with his father to Austin, Texas, where trips to music events included seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan at Anton's Bar & Grill in 1984. He was there for a lot more than that.

"I saw everybody in Austin," McDaniel said. "All that's where it kind of started."

But it took awhile. After getting that first harp, McDaniel said opportunity fell into his lap thanks to an invite to perform with Cedric O. Burnside, the renown electric blues drummer, guitarist, singer and songwriter, and son of blues drummer Calvin Jackson and grandson of blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist R. L. Burnside. A connection was made.

"I got on stage with Cedric Burnside and 'Boom!' I had a career," McDaniel said. 

Another connection comes from former Soul Shaker drummer turned film producer, Michael Bell. He'd helped produce the movie about Ozzy Osbourne's late-drummer  "The Life, Blood & Rhythm of Randy Castillo." At its premier party in March 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M., McDaniel lent his powerhouse vocals and harp work to a legendary band consisting of Carmine Rojas (David Bowie/Rod Stewart) on bass, Grammy Award winning producer, Larry Mitchell, and Levi Platero (The Plateros) on guitar, Bell on drums, and Tony Orant on keyboards. You can check out video from the performance

"I got to play with some amazing musicians," McDaniel said. "Everybody was feeling it; it was a wonderful night. I'm playing with these heavy metal cats and here I am, a blues guy, and they're all heavy metal guys and I'm Mr. Blues  blues is universal!"

I'm pretty sure you'll be hearing a lot of material from "Cloudless Day" and more Friday night. Their Bowie cover will release as a video later in the year to build up some momentum going into the album release. There will be dozens of gigs in between now and then. You never stop, McDaniel said. 

"If you think you can just get discovered, that's the wrong mission," McDaniel said. "You gotta work for it."

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Friday the 13th won't be a drag, especially if you take in the Scream Queens Benefit Drag Show at Latin Mix Club, 1714 Cache Road. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the performances start at 9 p.m. for the 21-and-up show. Tickets are $7 at the door. All proceeds raised are going towards putting together the first of what is expected to be an annual event, the Lawton Area Pride Event, said the night's mistress of ceremonies, Robert Taylor Kennedy, a.k.a. Mor'Gun Fontane. 

"We are hoping to hold the Pride festival in October," Kennedy said. "We chose that weekend to honor national coming out day. SPECTRUM of Southwest Oklahoma, Helping Women Win, and the Lawton Grapevine are collaborating to get the ball rolling on the festival."

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Musicians! We'll be recording at next Thursday's Big Pete Piehnik's Open Mic Night at Mi Familia, 111 W. Lee. Some of you will be on the following week's show!

We're still asking for any performers who 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:; or email our email:

Here's another song that could inspire: nUnknown Hinson  "I Cleaned Out A Room In My Trailer For You"

Dirty Red and the boys' 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 one-of-a-kind show. Hope you tuned in. 

Jokey went to the calendar for the set-up to this month's first joke. Here's the punchline:

"Because Monday through Friday are weak days."

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