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Parlor Trick ready to show off drummer

Guitarist Joseph Diaz Jr., bassist Corey Rodriguez and singer Caleb Payne from Parlor Trick visited Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, and boy howdy are these guys ready to show their chops. And they're anxious to show off their new drummer when they take the stage for the final day of this year's Arts for All Festival in Shepler Park. They perform at 3 p.m. May 13 on the 5th Street Stage.

For Diaz, the festival's stage isn't new. The first time I caught his talent, he was performing on that same stage as part of Fat Back & Bacon Bits. From that group's ashes sprang not only Parlor Trick but beloved local bohemians Paid in Spades. Diaz smiled and said he learned a lot from the experience. The two bands continue to have a connection that carries over when they perform on the same bill.

"I was 16 and that was my first band," Diaz said. Now at the age of 21, the self-taught guitarist said he feels like he's found the right fit with this band. The group's 2017 release "Goliath" featured the three musicians along with a drum program for the recording. Although it worked for the debut EP, Diaz said it made live shows difficult to pull off. With last October's addition of Shiann Famoly on drums, things are moving forward fast. "I only really considered us overtly a band since October when Shiann joined," he said.

"This is what I consider the 'final lineup' because we finally have a real drummer and she's a complete beast and perfect fit for the band," Diaz said. "We were worried that because we composed all the songs up to this point digitally for drums that maybe some parts might not even be playable by a human but sure enough she proved us wrong."

For this week's show, Diaz and Payne performed acoustically a couple of songs from the album. The singer's Freddy Mercury reminiscent range really stands out on "Goliath." You'd know that if you tuned in. Another track called "Pyre" will be in an upcoming Mix Tape show. 

Following the Arts for All show, the band will perform June 17 in Chickasha at the Muscle Car Ranch for this year's edition of Twisterfest. After that, the focus is on recording. With strong material on their first EP to build from, the band is hoping to explore some new spaces. The combination of influences that run through Parlor Trick offers a wide range  with Payne's operatic vocal range added, they're formulating music unlike much of what you'll hear. And that's a good thing.

You can find Parlor Trick and their music via all the social media sites as well as anywhere you can purchase music online. There's no trick to it. Here's a link to their YouTube channel:

You can also hear tracks on its Facebook page or:, or 

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Friday night will offer opportunity to catch a rising duo live when Sheena Hines and Frank Ryan perform at Shamrocks Irish Pub & Grill, 3134 Cache Road. Performing together more and more around Lawton, they've gained fans from shows at The Guitar Bar and the recent Damn the Man Music Festival.

The show at Shamrocks will be 8 p.m. to midnight and is all ages, although you can purchase alcoholic beverages. 

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Back by popular demand, DuPree will be bringing its blend of blues and good times to the Small Mountain Tacos Drunken Goose Stage on Medicine Park's Cobblestone Row for a concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. There's no charge to attend but the $2 beer specials aren't a bad lure to the bait of their repertoire of classic music.

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Sometimes an artist hits the big time. And sometimes the big time draws itself to an artist. That's the case for Cache native Madison Ryan Ward. 

Last month, the column announced she'd signed a five record deal with pioneering producer Rick Rubin serving as executive producer for her work with American Recordings/Republic Records. Since then, a lot has happened.

Ward is blowing up with buzz and was the recipient of a feature profile in a recent edition of Billboard magazine. What sparked the new round of interest was her stellar debut from the studio during the April episode of David Letterman's Netflix series, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction." Although Jay-Z is the featured interview, the segments of Letterman visiting Rubin's home studio during Ward's recording sessions were eye opening. The legendary late night host was visibly shaken as he sat in the room with Ward while she recorded vocals for her song "Mirror." You could see the fear that he might make a noise wash over his bearded face. He appeared more overwhelmed than the up and coming star during their interview. With good reason. 

Take a listen to the audio of the song: nMadison Ryan Ward  "Mirror"

Another segment featured Ward working with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real  a band featuring two of Willie Nelson's sons, they are also Neil Young's backup group. While working on their own album, a song Lukas wrote called "Let Go Of Your Plans" turned into a duet with Ward's vocals. The brief snippet of performance was breathtaking

Following four-years as a premiere player on OU's volleyball team, Ward is ready to make her mark in the music world. After performing music and posting videos on her social media and YouTube channels, including her series of cover songs called "Ward Wednesdays," she gained attention from a wide swath of music industry players. A move to Nashville, Tenn., in 2017 led to a meeting with Zac Brown Brand guitarist/banjo player John Hopkins. He reached out through Instagram and it led to her performing backing vocals on "Trying to Drive" from the band's "Welcome Home" album. Opening for the band only increased her reputation. Heavily drenched in soul and R&B music but wrapped in her Oklahoma essence, she has revealed herself as an original artist who is primed for big things.

Somewhere along the way, Rubin found her and, as they say, the rest is history  a history that's creating itself at this very moment. 

At 23-years-old, this locally raised musician is fast on her way to being claimed by the world. Although her debut album awaits a release date, I'm sure when it drops it's going to be huge. I'm looking forward to getting an interview with Ward in the near future.

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Not a lot of tricks were played with Parlor Trick in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, but it seemed like a half-hour treat for the ears and funny bones.

Spartacus, I mean, Jokey McJokerson offered the set-up for this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"Nothing, he's gladiator."

Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 9:25 a.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: 

#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., Sulfuric's Clay Commings & The Natrix; 6:30 p.m., Parlor Trick. 

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