Making music something to "Crow" about
Zack Crow visited Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to make his local radio debut on the column’s weekly show. With brother (and booking agent) Emmitt in tow, some good times mixed with good music for something special.
Crow debuted a strong new song on the show called “Letting Go.” Another original, “Waiting On You” displayed the young talent’s strengths as a songwriter. You’ll be hearing it and another song in upcoming mix tape shows. Here’s a sneak peak: •Zack Crow — “The Way It Goes” — https://youtu.be/WMSWQvUNQ_8.
The 21-year-old singer/songwriter is making his mark by making music from his soul. Crow has a range of musical influences but, in the end, it’s his voice that comes out through his writing.
“”I grew up listening to music from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings to eventually people like Garth Brooks and Clint Black,” Crow said. “As I got older, I started listening to more musical influences like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and even the Allman Brothers. These influences pretty much solidified my want to be a musician.”
Raised in Faxon, Crow said his parents got him his first guitar when he was 6. He didn’t play it much and, eventually, it sat in the corner of a room. That is, until his 14th summer.
“I saw that old guitar in the corner that my parents got me,” he said, “and I said ‘I’m going to learn how to play it over the summer.’”
With the first song learned, “Folsom Prison Blues,” Crow found the right mix of what he’s about. As country as it gets, that song’s riff is equally pure rock and roll. Strength as a singer, writer and musician shines when he performs.
A lefty, Crow said that first guitar wasn’t exactly built for him. Most of the time, when you go to a music store, most every instrument is for a right-handed person — “It’s a struggle,” he said. He credited the internet with opening up his world to access to the correct instrument. His well-worn Takamine acoustic is a trophy to finding the right a fit.
With music and equipment, Crow said he was ready to perform and in the summer of 2015, he performed at a benefit show in Temple. “I was kind of nervous at first,” he said, “but midway through the set I was just, ‘This is great,’ I wanted to keep on going.”
Now four years the more experienced, Crow said he’s played most anywhere “they’ll have me” around these parts. These parts are growing. On Thursday night, he played Blake Shelton’s Ol’ Red’s in Tishomingo and Saturday he’s at the Main Street Grill in Vernon, Texas.
The next big step is to record his first EP or album. Crow said he has a lot of songs to work with. And he’s always writing. A demo played on his show began with the sound of Emmitt snoring immediately before its beginning. A quick thinker, when asked its title, he replied with a chuckle: “I don’t know, maybe ‘Sawin’ Logs.’”
Crow and a full-band will be making its C.W. Scooters debut on April 19 when he opens up for Giovannie & The Hired Guns. The show is put on by brother Emmitt’s Crow Foot Entertainment and it’s hoped to make a mark on Lawton.
If you want to find out more about Crow or book him for a show, visit the Zack Crow Music and/or Crow Foot Entertainment Facebook pages.
Music really can be the best medicine, according to George Keck, drummer for Jelibred and a military veteran. That’s why he began the VFW Post #5263 Veteran Jam Sessions series last year.
“This is a continuing opportunity for active duty, veterans, retirees, emergency first responders and their friends and family to come meet other local musicians, jam with them, talk with them, or just listen to them,” Keck said. “No charge for anything.”
On (usually) the second and fourth Sunday of each month, folks are encouraged to come out and make a joyful noise. Drums, a PA and microphones are provided. Bring your own guitar/bass/keyboards and amps and a song in your heart. Ownership of a musical instrument is not required (if you have equipment, you may certainly bring it), Keck said. Valuable information on copyrights, royalties, music law, trademarks, etc. will also be available, for free, at each session.
The next Jam Session is slated for 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 27, at VFW Post #5263 main ballroom, 103 NE 20th. Keep updated with the program via its Facebook page or call Keck for information, 580-458-2970.
The art of making music and, for that matter, comedy is sometimes found best in the moment of creation. One of the best talents out there that combines the two is Reggie Watts and his Frank Zappa-esque charms. With this number he also sends a great empowering message about self-respect: •Reggie Watts — “A Song About Apples (Always Love Yourself)” — https://youtu.be/vO1CCXXMzBI.
The Crow boys’ visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist was a hoot. You only heard a little bit of the fun.
Jokey allowed Emmitt Crow to offer this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:
“Don’t look at me, I’m changing.”
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: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/.
And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
#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., Bret & Daphne Pollan; 6:30 p.m., Zack Crow.
Tune in after Sunday’s show at 7 p.m. for the Steve-O’s new weekly show, B-Sides Besides. The columnist added another selection to be found in a future edition — https://youtu.be/EYgYZQNSzW8.
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