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Dirty Red shakes his soul back in the hometown

Eric "Dirty Red" McDaniel stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to celebrate his upcoming birthday a little early with a couple of old friends and to make some fun and, best of all, great music. In true fashion to the song of the same name, "The Party Don't Start Till (Red) Gets Here."

McDaniel's renowned blues band Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers will be bringing its trademark electric sound and energy to Red Dirt Reloaded, 6425 Cache Road, Friday night for a hometown show that's sure to shake the roof. Starting around 9 p.m., the best in blues will be on tap for only a $5 cover charge.

"I'm so excited to be here, see everybody and have a good time," he said. It's always good to come home."

Red shared a new song he's been working out for the band's next album. Here's the skeleton version before we all contributed to what played on the radio show: •Eric "Dirty Red" McDaniel — "Jangalang" —

Since the February release of the band's latest album "Cloudless Day," things have been rocking the Soul Shakers' way. McDaniel said he's already working up more new songs to work up with the band for the next recording. He's looking to put together about 14 songs, including some rerecording of band classics.

"I want to record at Sun Studios, I want to record 'Cornbread' there," he said. "I mean, Sun Studios, that's holy ground. I'm not saying that's in the works but I would love to do it."

The recording process offers a lot to the musician. McDaniel said that when "you record something great, it's an honest attempt to make something soulful and real." With potential label backing for the next release, he said there's a lot of potential in the air.

"Cloudless Day" has already opened doors for the good time boogie blues band. Since its release, songs have been added to satellite radio stations including B.B. King's Bluesville Radio.

But for now, McDaniel said he's eyeing the return to the home of his musical roots, Lawton, for Friday's show. He's hoping the performance will be another spark to rekindle Lawton's legacy.

"Lawton used to be a music town," he said. "It needs to get back to that."

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Lawton's Southern Aggression is returning to the Diamond Ballroom stage to open for Texas-based groovemasters Texas Hippie Coalition for a heavy hitting show. Music begins at 8 p.m. June 22, at the Diamond, 8001 S. Eastern Avenue. Nevermind the Embers, She, and The Serpent are also on the bill.

Drummer David Dodson said it was a great experience the first time around and he can't wait to debut with new singer Ryan McGowan at the helm for this show.

You can get in touch with any of the band members or via the Southern Aggression Facebook page to inquire about tickets.

McGowan's other band, Sunlander will be knocking out a set Saturday night locally at the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan. It'll make a great prelude for a big event coming up Aug. 30 and 31 in Fort Worth.

The hometown psychedelic music explorers will join another semi-local favorite, Oberon, be among the two-day lineup for Fuzz Fest DFW 2019, at Tomcats West, 3137 Alta Mere Dr, Fort Worth. Single day tickets are $15 and two-day passes are $25.

Here's the lineup: Aug. 30 - Space Ape, 8 p.m.; Turbo Wizard, 8:45 p.m.; Stone Wold, 9:30 p.m.; Diselbeast, 10:15 p.m.; Crobone, 11 p.m.; Oberon, 11:45 pm.; Redwitch Johnny, 12:35 a.m.

Aug. 31 - Werefoot, 6:30 p.m.; Of Deities and Dust, 7:15 p.m.; Sunlander; 8 p.m.; Bones of the Earth, 8:45 p.m.; The Salesman, 9:30 p.m.; Stone Machine Electric, 10:15 p.m.; TERMINUS, 11 p.m.; Ladykiller, 11:45 p.m.; Greenbeard, 12:35 a.m.

Ticket info is available via the event Facebook page:

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Dirty Red'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 musical mashup of fun and soul. You can't bottle that good of a time, but a bottle might help it go down smoother.

Jokey McJokerson wasn't paltry with poultry punnage with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:


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Preacher Lawson, Friday, July 5. Tickets are on sale and are priced at $20, $25 and $30. Tickets may be purchased at the casino cage or online at

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