Musical Marine Wesley Brown makes way onto music scene
Wesley Brown stepped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist to share his talents and story.
His radio performance of “Comanche County” was a great introduction. He knows his home and puts it into song in a way that you only know if you live here — “... the sound of freedom shaking my windows every night.” A pair of other songs were equally striking and strong. “Broken Memories” shares a Marine’s story of love, loss and experience. Here’s another soulful number fresh from the studio: •Wesley Brown — “Broken Man” —
Born and raised in Lawton, he’s a 2006 Lawton High School graduate. After high school, he joined the Marine Corps and several stops across the world before returning home in 2011 to be a recruiter. After leaving again, he returned in March to be a cannon crewman instructor here at Fort Sill.
Adept at making the music of warfare, it’s the subtle, sensual sounds of acoustic guitar and voice where Brown is finding comfort. Thanks to the influence of his late uncle, Frank Dunshee, he’s found his way. Choosing singer/songwriters Ryan Bingham and John Moreland as inspiration, he said he’s finding musical direction. It was in war that he said he found peace through music. His friend Colt Remington (his real name) taught him, fittingly enough, country chord structures. Away Brown went.
“I started playing guitar in 2007 while in Iraq, and for the most part my Uncle Frank was my biggest influencer,” Brown said. “That’s his guitar he gave me when he passed on(while showing Dunshee’s well-known Ovation acoustic).”
“I remember watching him play at weddings when I was little and he’d bring me up on stage,” he said. “It was cool coming back and jamming with him.”
From those beginnings, Brown has become a “by ear” learner. The Marine ethos of “improvise, adapt and conquer” has allowed him to translate the music in his head — by way of his heart — into some solid storytelling.
The columnist first caught Brown performing a few weeks back during the opening of the latest exhibit at the Leslie Powell Gallery. With his microphone and acoustic guitar, the solo artist performed as ably as any of the artists conducting live painting exercises. He created his own works of art through sound and soul. After catching him in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort, it reaffirms his unassuming artistry.
Being away on deployment, be it in the war zones of Iraq or Afghanistan, following the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, or stationed in Eastern Europe, the songwriter has found lyrical inspiration from heartaches befallen too many service members. Two divorces have resulted in great inspiration for heartbreak music but two children born from love have given the musical Marine something more — hope. While the word “broken” ends up in his songs often, by airing it out in song and verse, he’s farm more healed than many.
After dipping his toes in 2011 and 2012 locally with performances at Chianti Wine Bar and the late-White Buffalo, Brown said he’s open to putting together a band. But for now, he’s happy as a solo act. With 9 or 10 songs ready to go, a new dream is finding its way into possibility — going into the studio to record.
“I always think about it,” Brown said. “I want to make things happen.”
If you’d like to talk about making a gig or recording happen with Brown, contact him via his Facebook or Instagram pages.
The mighty Lb. Salt will be pounding out the rock and roll at 8 p.m. Saturday, at Park Tavern in Medicine Park. It’s never a bad call to spend a night out with Danny Harrison and the boys.
Another great Saturday night bet for the 21-and-older crowd will be We Are Band Nerds at the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan.
Offering a kaleidoscope of sonic reduction via their blend of styles, this Dallas, Texas-based band’s motto is “Why stick to one genre when you can slay them all at once.” That’s what they’re known for.
Check out this track from their lates album “Forget Me Nots”: We Are Band Nerds - “Zombie” - https://youtu.be/7n2EEQKe5yM.
There’s a pretty cool, big-time concert featuring a pair of well-known Christian artists coming to Lawton.
Big Daddy Weave and GRAMMY-nominee Brandon Heath will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, at McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris. Doors open at 6 pm.
General admission tickets are available: $21 with a $1 service fee per ticket if purchased with credit card. Tickets can be ordered over the phone, 580-581-3472. They can also be purchased at the auditorium ticket office on the west side of the building. Ticket hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Big Daddy Weave is on Fervent Records. Their “Jesus I Believe Tour” kicked off in September and is slated for 35 cities before wrapping up in November. The tour is named for the band’s radio single.
Heath is touring behind his sixth studio album, “Faith Hope Love Repeat” which features the band’s hit single “Whole Heart.”
For more information about Big Daddy Weave, visit www.transparentproductions.com.
Brown’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, proved to be a raucous and rocking good time. He won with his entry into “The Great SoundForce” that you have to hear to understand why.
Jokey finished a hopping month of kangaroo jokes with this week’s springboard. Here’s the punchline:
“A sweater with big pockets.”
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