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Local music MVPs send 2018 out on a high note

As we near the end of 2018, I wanted to take a little space to make some mentions of some real MVPs this year. It’s tough because each local musician who gets out on the local stages and studios and makes music because that’s what you do is this year’s Most Valuable Performer. But a few of you are gonna get mentioned, anyway.

First off, Casey Abbe gets a nod as an MVP. You could say it’s been a good year for the new father and his bandmates in The Casey Abbe Band. Besides most of them working at Goodyear, they’ve played any and everywhere they can while pushing their eponymously named debut CD. That and the introduction of Joanie McClenney on the single, “Let Me Fall,” would be enough (she’s gonna be something when she finally knocks out the debut CD), but I want to thank them for coming through for the column and radio show any and every time they’ve been called. You can rock out the year’s end with them when they take the stage at 10 a.m. Monday, at Fubarsaloon, No. 4 W. Lee.

Other major helpers for putting out great music and being there anytime called for the column/show deserve mention: Dani Carson, Big Pete Piehnik, Tito Lindsey, Robbie McMillan, Larry Chrisner and Chuck Mantooth, 1GCrew and Paid in Spades. Y’all always come through!

On the heavy end of the spectrum, the return of Ricky Warren as a force, both with Titan Metal and The Cutthroat Bastards, has breathed some life into the scene. It’s always a better and more interesting music landscape when he’s a part of it. Bonus points go out for joining with with Brandynn Garcia to brush off some Day of the Sick numbers for a recent show with Doyle.

Speaking of Doyle, while there were some amazing shows to be had in town this year, including Charlie Daniels and Eddie Money at the Apache Casino Hotel, the sold out show by Misfits legend Doyle von Frankenstein last week at the Railhead Saloon proved above the pale. Many thanks to TLP Entertainment and all who helped put together this special night of righteous rock & roll.

The real MVPs are those of you who get out and support local music. That’s a tradition to take into 2019.

New Year’s Eve is Monday and with that comes the best part: New Year’s Eve Live Music.

Next week’s radio show guests, Just Strangers are kicking things off a little early with Just Strangers pre-New Year’s Show at 9 p.m. Friday at the Guitar Bar, 1816 SW 11th. They do the official show at 9 p.m. Monday, at the Bullpen, 11822 NW McClung Road.

The Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, kicks things off at 9 p.m. Friday with a pre-NYE event featuring Mudd Fluxx, Had Enough and Bermuda County. The real deal goes into effect at 9 p.m. Monday with some special surprises and a headline set by Backwash.

Hi-Way 62 is going to get the pre-party started with an 8 p.m. set Saturday, at Shamrock’s, 3134 Cache Road The mighty DuPree will get the night of festivities going 8 p.m. Monday, and it should be a good one.

The After Christmas Christmas Special edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist found the dynamic duo stuck in a Christmas loop and partially going mad. Fortunately, the fantastic tunes of some of our favorite local musicians led us back to the light. The Casey Abbe Band brought joy with Robert Earl Keene’s “Christmas with the Family” (complete with Joanie McClenney’s laughter). Bandrew, featuring Andrew the Poet, provided the perfect seasonal sounds with “White Winter Hymnal.” The 1GCrew reminded us that “Last Christmas” was actually only a few days ago, but they did it well. Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers turned the hue a different color with “Blue Christmas.” Amanda Kidd and Steve-O revisited “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with a modern update. And all thanks go to the Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus and “Jingle Bell Rock” for bringing us back to the present. It’s been a very, Merry Christmas, indeed!

Hope you tuned in for our love note: ”’Twas Two Days After Christmas.”

Also, for those who want more, here’s Carr’s Christmas original: •Steve-O — ”Toys, Toys, Toys” —

Jokey kept with the Christmas spirit with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“Santa wrote him back: ‘Send me your mother.’”

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