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Singing along with some "new kids on the block"

David Smith and Ray Bordelon stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s edition of the the column’s radio show and, man, was it a musical hoot. They reveled in being some of the eldest “new kids on the block.”

These two traded and joined in songs to make for several extra moments’ besides the performance of Smith’s “I’m Down” and Bordelon’s “Without You” that you heard.

Here’s a little something extra: •Ray Bordelon and David Smith — “Without You” —

Bordelon, a transplanted Louisiana native found Lawton and music while in the military. He was 38 and another soldier was strumming Pink Floyd on an acoustic guitar. Soon after, he bought the Takamine 12-string he brought into the studio and his love affair began. “It struck a note in my spirit,” he said of the Floyd song.

Last year, Bordelon put out his debut CD, “Bottom of the Pot” filled with songs collected over at least a decade. He’s working on its follow up for later this year. Over the years, the love affair with making music has been off and on, he said, but his passion for helping others make music took over. “It’s not about me,” he said, “I’ve got a passion to help people record their music ... I want to help them out.”

From Bordelon’s home station, Scratch Studio, he’s been recording others. He and Smith found each other at the right time. Smith, a retired Lawton firefighter, has been playing around open mics for a while. Before that, he was in the band Razor’s Edge. Always a little bit out of this world, he has fun in the stratosphere.

Check out a live video filmed about 3 years ago at the old Gone Fishin’ stage in Medicine Park: •Dave “Still Down” Smith — “The Joker” —

Smith cites his inspirations as ranging from “The Eagles to John Denver to Jim Croce to George Jones to Kid Rock.” With a lifetime of his guitar not far from his hand, he wants to do what his heroes have done: give through song. “To me, it’s a gift when music moves you,” Smith said.

Smith’s album recorded at Scratch Studio, tentatively titled “Razor’s Edge” should be out within a few months. You can hear Bordelon’s album:

To contact them about performing, their music or recording, email Bordelon:

A fantastic Christmas gift from a fantastic step-daughter led to the columnist and missus taking a Sunday night jaunt to Oklahoma City’s Tower Theatre for Dave Mason for his “Feeling Alright Tour.” Little did we know that the legendary Steve Cropper would be joining the lineup for this over-2 hour, one-of-a-kind rock and roll (and soul) experience.

Mason and his fine-tuned band were in top form with performances of classic numbers. Following the performance of “You and Me,” Mason invited out his special guest. Here’s bootleg video of the amazing Mr. Cropper with Mason’s band knocking out some instrumental rock and roll history: •Steve Cropper with Dave Mason Band — “Green Onions” —

It was followed immediately with a join-in by the headliner: •Dave Mason and Band with Steve Cropper — “In the Midnight Hour” —

From takes on “Black Magic Woman” to “Can’t Find My Way Home,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” Mason carried young rock and roll energy through “Traffic” with high skill mastery of his guitar. Joined by Cropper, the pair were electric with a funky take to “Feelin’ Alright.”

It was the encore that left the deepest impact. Mason electrified with his personalized “All Along the Watchtower,” complete with iconic soloing on guitar. Cropper followed with the indelible lick and the packed audience ended the night on a high with “Soul Man.”

It was a night filled with rock and soul, man, and, yeah, “I’m feelin’ alright ...”

The visit by Bordelon and Smith, Studio Blanket/Tent Fort made for a chaotically fun edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist.

Jokey was a “deer” with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:


Jokey’s Corner — Zach Smith, with opener James Ngheim, will be the featured comedian for the weekly Saturday night series to be held in the Summit Ballroom at the Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 and may be purchased at the casino cage or online

Preacher Lawson, Friday, July 5. Tickets are on sale and are priced at $20, $25 and $30. Tickets may be purchased at the casino cage or online at

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 latest show: 6 p.m., Bannister Chaava; 6:30 p.m., David Smith & Ray Bordelon.

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

Visit, “like” (“love”) and follow our Facebook page:

Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archive homepage: Scott Rains —

Live music

Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: Sweet Trouble; Tuesday through Thursday: Smilin’ Bob English Band; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 22: Blood, Sweat & Tears; April 26: Sawyer Brown; May 17: Marshall Tucker Band; June 21: Chubby Checker; Aug. 9: Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone; Oct. 25: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee; Nov. 22: Three Dog Night.

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.

Lawton-Ft Sill Catholic Community Center, 911 NW Hilltop Drive, 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.

Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 10 p.m.:Outside the Shadows and INDEX paradox; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Ghandi’s Gun: 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, Ralph Spears & Friends; Saturday, 9 p.m.: karaoke; Sunday: 7 p.m.: open mic jam.

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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