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Ryan Oldham new man to scene, old hat with a song

Singer/songwriter Ryan Oldham visited Studio Blanket/Tent Fort this week, with good man Rodney Whaley in tow, to share his unique talents with the radio show.

An original artist from Ardmore, Oldham has been playing pretty much anywhere in Oklahoma and Texas that’ll open up a stage. He should have many more open up for his talents. If you tuned in, you heard this gem: •Ryan Oldham — “Day Drive Memory” — https://youtu.be/gMdc_mIT498.

Oldham offered a couple of other songs you’ll be hearing on future Mix Tapes, including “End of Our Days” and this swampy jam: •Ryan Oldham — “Too Far Gone” — https://youtu.be/8jJ4rzbg_qk.

After playing in the Dewey Drivers from the ages of 18 to 21, Oldham put down the guitar for about 10 years. A girlfriend wanting to learn guitar led him back to the six-string. That gave him footing forward.

“I started teaching her what I knew and then I started learning, too,” he said. “It was a big epiphany.”

Returned with passion for the music and writing, Oldham said the ex-girlfriend wasn’t as into him performing as he was. Roads diverged. Material for songs amassed. Since then, he’s furiously been trying to get into “anywhere that’ll have me.”

All roads tend to lead to Medicine Park for Oklahoma music makers. It led Oldham to a singer/songwriters night in September at Park Tavern. Put together by the great Cade Roth. Oldham said he found kindred spirits with the Southwest Oklahoma talent. It also led to a fateful song-swap with Whaley.

“It was super fun,” Whaley said. “It was like playing pool with someone better than you and you keep losing but you still like to play.”

The pair are planning on picking and celebrating Oldham’s birthday and some impending big news from Whaley with a Dec. 11 show at Paradise Valley’s Bullpen.

Oldham, who recently released a trio of singles, as well as “Day Drive Memory,” is planning on releasing two more rounds of three singles at a time in the coming weeks. In the end they’ll be part of an album called “Hard Times.” He’s hoping Roth and Roth’s bandmate/producer Brad “Red” Wolf will helm the production of future music.

Whaley has been collaborating with several people, including former Just Strangers bandmate Sarah Wright. He’s saying the music is “pretty hard to label” but creatively stimulating. He’ll be double-dutied for the coming future as he steps up for Medicine Park’s upcoming music events and festivals. You can bet a good chunk of the artists mentioned so far will be among those rockin’ the Park in 2020.

Until then, if you want more from Oldham, you can find his music on YouTube and most every online outlet. Along with finding his music, you can book Oldham at: www.RyanOldhamMusic.com.

The Flaming Lips are readying to release one of the coolest treats ahead of Christmas on Nov. 29. “The Soft Bulletin Recorded Live at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra” will be out in all digital formats as well as CD and double-vinyl. One of the great albums from the 1990s, “The Soft Bulletin” proved a breakthrough for the little band that could.

I was allowed a sneak listen and if you’ll tune into the Nov. 22 column, you’ll get my take on it. Here’s a hint: “It’s amazing.”

The brothers Carter, Steven and Isaiah, brought their band Smokey Motel to the Mountain Boomer Tavern last weekend for an explosive local show that was well worth attending. With an able lineup of musicians, the full-band experience was worth it. Check out one of their early singles performed live: •Smokey Motel — “I Die” — https://youtu.be/gNEdZo7dxiA.

The set featured some great Flaming Lips-meets-The Cure in Oklahoma-vibed originals including “Sometimes” and “Where the Hell Are You.”

The band closed out the night with a new song that lives up to its name: •Smokey Motel — “Dreams” — https://youtu.be/e3z7f6kXA78.

Smokey Motel is one of the unique stars in the Oklahoma music sky. I’m hoping to get them rescheduled to come into the studio later this month.

Oldham and Whaley’s visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s Today’s Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist offered great introduction to the former’s talents and hinted at big news with the latter. I’ll keep you posted on those developments..

Jokey McJokerson is getting in the Thanksgiving spirit with the joke set-up:

“The twerkey.”

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: soundemonium@gmail.com.

#Sundaymonium — Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week’s show followed by this latest show: 6 p.m., Jared Rosin & The Shuffle; 6:30 p.m., Ryan Oldham.

Tune in after Sunday’s show at 7 p.m. for the Steve-O’s weekly show, B-Sides Besides.

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Live music

Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: TBD; Thursday: TBD; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee; Nov. 22: Three Dog Night; Jan. 16, 2020: The Guess Who.

Wichita Sounds Band Dance, 911 NW Hilltop Drive. Each Friday, 7 — 10 pm. Traditional country, early rock-’n’-roll, and ballroom. Seven dollar entry includes soft drinks and potluck snacks. No smoking, No alcohol. Everyone welcome. 580-450-7063

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.

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

Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, live music and karaoke; medicineparktavern.com. Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD.; Sunday Funday, 3 p.m.: TBD.

Red Dirt Reloaded, 6425 Cache Road, 580-699-3478. Live music Friday 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Thursday, 9 p.m., Karaoke Dude.

Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 9:30 p.m.: Nonconformist, 10 p.m.: Buxshot, Southern Aggression, food by Electric Eclectic Eats; Sunday, 8 p.m.: Dead at the Head.

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, Tito Lindsey, Ryan Ungle, Tony G., Fran Ryan acoustic, 9 p.m.: karaoke with Tony Garrison; Sunday: 12 p.m.: open mic jam.

Bullpen, 11822 NW McClung Road, 592-5451, Friday, 10 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Sunday, noon: Grateful Gospel, all interested musicians invited; Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Hump Day Jam TBD; Thursday: free billiards.

Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 10 p.m.: TBD.

Wall Street Bar, 23 N. 7th, Duncan, 580-255-7780, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: Wildhorse Revenant and Trent Fletcher.

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.: TBD; Saturday, 7 p.m.: TBD.

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