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Duo shares songs, songwriting

Cassey Abbe and Joanie McClenney joined the columnist and DJ Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O for this week’s edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” Abbe is coming off a big weekend with The Cassey Abbe Band for an opening slot for Jason Boland & The Stragglers in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The pair performed their duet single, “Let Me Fall” from Abbe’s debut album. A surefire solid track, it’s gaining momentum as a crowd favorite and radio ready to go big. Check out a video clip of the performance that also featured guitarist Seth Walters and the DJ on harmonica: •Casey Abbe & Joanie McClenney — “Let Me Fall” —

Abbe is riding high with this year’s debut album, “The Casey Abbe Band.” But it gets better. Since its released he married his missus Cheyenne and has become a father to young Brax. That momentous occasion hindered a band foray into the Amarillo, Texas, market, but he said it was an easy decision to rain check the gig when it fell on the son’s due date. Getting that foothold in the Texas music market is a tough go but last weekend, Abbe and his bandmates landed a sweet spot in Wichita Falls, Texas, when they opened for Jason Boland & The Stragglers. There’s more big shows to come.

The Casey Abbe Band will be featured from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Wind River Harley Davison, 301 SE Interstate Drive. On Sept. 29, the band will rock the house for the Fubar Saloon’s 7th Anniversary Party. The whole family will be able to catch their set on Oct. 13 when they perform at the Fletcher Street Fair — “It’s always a good time in Fletcher,” Abbe said. A big hometown throwdown will be the night before Thanksgiving when Abbe and company open for Jackson Tillman at Scooter’s on Nov. 22. The singer said McClenney will be showing up at some of, if not all, of these shows — “It’s hard to sing our song without her,” he said.

Both raised in Walters, they began honing their songwriting chops together as teens. While Abbe is an established talent, McClenney has been chomping at the bit to take her place in the spotlight. She has the talent to shine there. After having her second baby 4 months ago, she’s finding the time right to make her move.

“I’ve been singing forever,” she said. “I’m trying to get back into it.”

Along with the power found in “Let Me Fall,” McClenney second performance for the show, “Superman,” gobsmacked the columnist during the show’s taping. Written for her 3-year-old son, it’s as special as a mother’s love. It’s one song of many between 1½ to 2 hours worth songs she has ready to play, although she’ll strike a much lower estimate when asked about her repertoire. Abbe gladly sold her out.

“She’s being modest,” he said, “she has about 100 to 150 songs she can do.”

The beginnings were less than auspicious. She’s been playing guitar about eight years — “It’s hard to write songs when you can’t get across the music to someone else,” she said. Her first guitar, however, fell casualty to hers and Abbe’s writing partnership. While writing together, he stood up and, in his words, “I took a step back and stepped right through it.” But he didn’t fall.

With “Let Me Fall,” repairs have been made and now both musicians are ready to step out. You’ll be hearing more from McClenney in the future.

You can find The Casey Abbe Band online via its Facebook page and you can get the album via iTunes, Spotify and other online venues. Or you could pick up a hard copy Saturday when the band rocks Wind River.

If you’re looking for an all-around culturally invigorating experience, head up to the state capitol for the Plaza District Festival, 1700 block Northwest 16th Street in Oklahoma City from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 29. The event is free to attend.

Hosted by the Plaza District Association, it’s a celebration to the revitalization efforts put into the area of Northwest 16th Street in Oklahoma City since 1997. Over the last 19 years, the district has risen from crime and disrepair into a viable area for artists and families to thrive.

Along with food trucks, kids activities and live art, there will be a ton of great, Oklahoma music with something for everyone.

Music: Main stage —Adam & Kizzie, Saint Loretto, Original Flow, Swim Fan, Steelwind, Cavern Company, The So Help Me’s, Flash Mob, GWIZ, Buddy South, Everything Goes Dance Studio, Local Man Ruins Everything, Rei Wang.

Summerland stage —Mars DELI/ with Sativa Prophets, James Curd (deezy) with Gurella breed, Fresh, Keezy/ WCM, Jacky Moon, locotheone, d.wright, Trip G, Split-Personality, Le’Troy Mack, Shiann Davis, Odessa Ireign, José Blanco, True Society, Sid Carter, Peyton Benge.

Blackwelder stage, presented by Goro Ramen & The Mule — Flock of Pigs, Drag Show, LTZ, Zunis, Max Ridgway Trio, Andy Adams, Spinster, Brad Fielder, Autumn Ray, Tanner Fields, Cameron Alexander.

From the “it’s about time” files: The Bobby Dale Band returns to the local stage Friday night. The rockin’ country outfit fit for good times takes the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, at Guitar Bar, 1816 SW 11th. There’s no cover for the 21-and-older crowd and I’m pretty sure the beer’s gonna be cold and flowing.

Abbe, Walters and McClenney’s visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week for ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist was an insanely good time. There was so much laughter and don’t even get me started on the great music. Jokey hopped into metaphysics with this week’s kangaroo joke. Here’s the punchline:

“The bartender does not know how or why he said that.”

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: or; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or:

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