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Pollans find magic through making music

Bret and Daphne Pollan came into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to make some music and some fun for this week’s edition of the column’s radio show. This couple loves making music. You can say it’s another way this partnership of 15 years makes love.

With a little support from Steve-O on harp and some moral support from “Dirty Red” Eric McDaniel, the duo knocked out a Who fave: •Bret & Daphne Pollan — “Squeeze Box” —

McDaniel gifted the duo his original song you heard on the show, “Soon, There’ll Come A Day.” Another nugget, a cover of Halestorm’s “Dear Daughter” was also banked for a future mix tape show.

The Pollans were a staple of the late-great-Open Mic Nights with Big Pete Piehnik at Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant. With the restaurant’s closure, the open mic is looking for a new home. The pair have begun testing the waters with booking shows and are looking to grow into the local music scene.

“We’re just now getting started,” Daphne said.

The couple, married for five years but together 15, have two kids. Although Bret has played in prior bands Spell, Voice, as well as some other bands in Dallas, Texas, life had taken the front seat and music, the back. Karaoke opened the door to more.

“Our lives have changed, I was feeling empty,” Daphne said. “Then we started doing karaoke and it’s grown from there.”

Now, the pair are perfecting their mix of favorite songs. Genre’s not important — “It’s what moves us at the time,” said Daphne.

If you’d like to book the Pollan pair, you can contact them via Facebook on their personal pages or email:

Midwest City singer-songwriter Joe Baxter will debut his new album, “The Weather,” with a CD release show at 8 p.m. Jan. 18, at Oklahoma City’s Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley Ave. He will be accompanied by “The Minimals,” Randy Cottrell and Anne Luna.

Oklahoma weather seems to be a songwriting staple for Baxter. They say, “Write what you know.” “Rain on the Wind,” about how relief comes, even in the Dust Bowl. “Cool Breeze in the Hills,” is about a working man finding peace and respite at the end of a long, hot day, and “Standing in the Snow,” the tale of an Oklahoman who just couldn’t make it up north.

Baxter’s been on his own journey. After 15 years in a rock band, in 2005, Baxter tired of the lifestyle and began to find his muse in the acoustic guitar.

Along with his solo work, Baxter performs country and original rock and roll with his longtime band, “The Regular Joes,” and acoustic Americana with “The Round Barn Ramblers.” He is also the volunteer coordinator of live music at the Arcadia Round Barn.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and available at

An Oklahoma music legend died Jan. 3 at his home in Pawnee. Steve Ripley, leader of the country-rock band The Tractors, died peacefully at the age of 69, surrounded by his family. He had been suffering from cancer.

Ripley was also a songwriter, producer, engineer, studio owner, radio host and inventor of the “stereo guitar” favored by such guitar virtuosos as Eddie Van Halen, Ry Cooder and Dweezil Zappa.

It was as a musician that Ripley made his mark. Check out this classic from the 1990s: •The Tractors — “Baby Likes to Rock It” —

Owner of The Church Studio in Tulsa for 19 years, Ripley played guitar with Bob Dylan and produced and/or engineered projects for Leon Russell, J. J, Cale, Roy Clark, Johnnie Lee Wills, and many others. He discovered his love for recording in the 1960s, recording in Gene Sullivan’s Hi Fi Studio in Oklahoma City, the same venue where Tulsans J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, and David Gates made some of their first recordings. He opened his first studio, Stillwater Sound, in the early 1970s.

Ripley has long been regarded as one of the patriarchs of “Red Dirt” music, and is an inductee into the Oklahoma Red Dirt Hall of Fame.

For more information about Steve Ripley and his musical legacy:

Bret and Daphne Pollan’s visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist rocked and included a cameo from Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniel who let it be known his band The Soul Shakers’ anticipated new album “Cloudless Day” will be available Feb. 15.

Jokey thought he was sly this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“You have to beg her to blow the paycheck.”

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: or; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or:

And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us:

#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., Just Strangers; 6:30 p.m., Bret & Daphne Pollan.

Tune in after Sunday’s show at 7 p.m. for the Steve-O’s new weekly show, B-Sides Besides. Some real treasures can be found.

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Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archive homepage: Scott Rains —

Live music

Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: Coyette & the Haywire Band; Tuesday through Thursday: Cecil Gray; Jan. 25: Gatlin Brothers; Feb. 22: Wynona & The Big Noise; March 22: Blood, Sweat & Tears.

BrookRidge Retirement Community, 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free. 536-9700: Frank & Friends Musical Entertainers.

Cooperton Senior Citizens 2nd and 4th Saturday Dance, Cooperton School. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Kenneth Boyd, 580-530-9067: live band, free refreshments, family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free.

Legion Building, 6739 N. Wildhorse Road (I-44, exit 45, east) dance Fridays, 7 p.m., Wichita Sounds, traditional country, early R&R and ‘50s pop, ballroom; $6 cover and includes refreshments. No alcohol, no smoking. Everyone welcome. 574-1942.

The Silver Spoon Kitchen and Bakeshop, 529 SW C,Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.: Danny Harrison; 6 p.m. Thursday: John Moots — Free. 357-6800.

Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057, 7-10 p.m., Friday: Blake and Mandee Thomas; 7-10 p.m., Saturday: TBD.

Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 10 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Drag Show; Sunday: 8 p.m., The Walking (Watching) Dead, Karaoke Dude and the Sunday Funday Hangover.

Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th, Monday: TBD; Tuesday: karaoke; Wednesday: acoustic open mic with Kris Brown; Thursday: acoustic with TBD; Friday, 9 p.m.: live music TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: karaoke; Sunday: 7 p.m.: open mic jam.

Shamrock’s Irish Pub & Grill, 3134 Cache Road, Friday, 8 p.m.: FireAngel Karaoke; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD.

Bullpen, 11822 NW McClung Road, 492-5451, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: 1-Year Bash featuring Live Music.

Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: Garagemahalix.

Robinson’s Landing Marina & BBQ, north side of Lake Lawtonka, 1 mile west of Ann’s Country Kitchen to Lawtonka Road and down the shore line, free and open to the public, Friday, 6 p.m.: 2nd Friday Open Mic with Dave Laurence; 8 p.m. Saturday: TBD; second Friday each month: 2nd Friday Open Mic with Dave Laurence.

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