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Ivory Deville ups ante with new album

Lawton's Johnny Elkins sent over the link to the latest album from his Los Angeles-based band Ivory Deville called "Waistgunner." 

Elkins is preparing for a return home to see family followed by a tour that will take the band to Tulsa's Mercury Lounge on June 16. One of the coolest bands I've heard in years with its self-titled debut, it has upped the ante with the latest fare. As much influenced by Oklahoma red dirt as by The Rolling Stones or Pixies, Ivory Deville is a band that can be a top talent in any era  from the 1970s to the 2070s. 

Forward yet reverential in its musicality, the lead track "No Deal" erupts from near "Exile on Main Street" but takes a Southern California turn that's 100 percent American made. Followed by "Tube Top Blues," a Tom Petty byway taken through an Oklahoma turn replete with hand claps, strikes a chord. "Hi/Cool" lives up to its name and then some with its fuzzy guitars imbued with fuzzy memories to form a perfect blend of country and rock and roll. "Shelter and Abuse" sounds as fantastic as the first listen when Elkins previewed new material to the columnist in 2017. 

Ivory Deville presented a stellar set at 2017's Red Dirt Ball in Medicine Park. One of the tracks debuted that night, "How Does It Feel," answers its own question by virtue of the greatness in its recorded posterity. Check out a live take: nIvory Deville  "How Does It Feel"

The album is dedicated to Elkins' relative, the late Sgt George Malcolm Williams, who died in World War II. His namesake song is a worthy memorial and a highlight of an album filled with them. 

Closing with the seven-minute track "Lucky Day," it's your lucky day to experience this culmination of the seven-song collection. Opening with sparse guitars and subtle textures, it grows and develops, much as has this band of musicians  Elkins, guitar/vocals; Laura Marion and Tia Simone, vocals; Jada Wagensomer, bass, kazoo, banjo, percussion, whirlywoo and backup vocals; and Ryan Wykert, drums, percussion and backup vocals. The build-up and crescendo are worthy of holding up a lighter in its live presence  or lighting up your mind from its pulse through headphones. 

Produced, mixed and recorded by Dave Way at Waystation, "Waistgunner" is as quality rock and roll as you're going to find. To quote The Stones: "It's only rock and roll, but I like it." A local hero has helped craft a classic and an essential part to any music collection. 

The album is available "in all the usual places," Elkins said, including iTunes and Spotify. You can give it a listen and also download it here:

I'm hoping to spend some time with Elkins when he comes to town and maybe get him on the radio show. He'll be playing a 6:30 p.m. solo set March 16 at Outlaw Bar-B-Q, 23485 Oklahoma 49. 

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If you're looking for a rockin' good time for the whole family, check out Paid in Spades-Parlor Trick-Curbside Live at Chuckie's Toys!

The trio of bands will bring the noise and a good time from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the store, 2415 N. Sheridan. How fun is that? And it's free! An all-ages music show with a bit of everything for the music  or toy  fan. With all-ages shows a rare local find (until festival season), it makes for a great Gen X-taking-younger-generations family outing.

Check out Paid In Spades live: nPaid In Spades  "Demon Nightmare"

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The Railhead Saloon will get saucy Saturday night as the usual heavy metal/hard rock lineup takes a walk on the wild side. Step out for the Glam Slam Drag Show and celebrate with the 21-and-older crowd as Isabella Van Cartier, Harmony Delovely, Vicki Dillard, Episcene and Mor'Gun Fontane deliver a night's entertainment at the club, 909 S. Sheridan, that's diverse, divine and, in the words of Dee Lite's early, 90s hit "Groove Is in the Heart," delovely. There's no cover and the show starts at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

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A critically acclaimed Texas music artist returns for another performance at C.W. Scooters, 7700 W. Lee. Josh Ward is riding the high of having six singles from his newest album, "Holding Me Together," to hit No. 1 on the Texas music charts, including his latest, "You Don't Have To Be Lonely"

The show will begin at 9 p.m. March 10 with the great Bobby Dale Band opening. Advance tickets are $12 and are available online at or at Crutchers.

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Teenage ingenue Lily Sanchez stopped by Studio Blanket/Tent Fort this week for "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist to shoot the breeze and make some music. Recently graduated, the almost-18-year-old talent is working hard to save money for college in the fall. Although she'd put her music to the side for the time being, she dusted off her acoustic guitar and knocked out a stellar take on Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah." A couple of other tracks will be appearing soon in Mix Tape editions: "Love for a Child" and "Sweater Weather." If you missed her performance, here's another shot: nLily Sanchez  "Creep"

Full disclosure: the DJ and writer have known her since she was a barely double-digits kid who sang and they saw and heard her develop as a self-taught musician. Crediting her music-loving family with exposing her to good tunes, she became a self-taught spinet player. At 12 she got her Yamaha keyboard and then, within a couple of years, her guitar. A natural talent figures things out pretty quickly. Now she's added ukulele to her repertoire. Music is life, she said.

"It's like my favorite thing in the world," Sanchez said. "It's really the only thing I'm good at. Music is the only thing I loved for a long time."

Sanchez cited a range of influences, ranging from all sorts of funk music to The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and the Sublimes "40 Oz. to Freedom" albums as her favorites. Frank Ocean, Cardi B, N.E.R.D. and Amine are new artists she finds inspiring. 

With a semester ahead next fall at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Sanchez said she's wanting to get out and perform music at some of the metro area venues. While she works at Journeys at Central Mall, she said these are the days where life is building experience. And from experience, every burgeoning singer/songwriter finds inspiration.

Jokey McJokerson offered a set-up that is guaranteed to make you laugh with this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"A Yamahahaha."

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#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., Gary Sanning; 6:30 p.m., Lily Sanchez. 

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