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Soul Shakers to compete in Blues Challenge

Lawton's Eric "Dirty Red" McDaniel and his bandmates in The Soul Shakers stopped in to 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. 

If you've ever caught Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers live, you've felt their gritty mojo take effect. If you missed their original number "Cornbread," well, I feel bad for you. Here's the band at 2016's Medicine Park Blues Ball: nDirty Red & The Soul Shakers  "Help Me Baby"

McDaniel, an Eisenhower product, and Carr have a brotherly bond that goes back a while. Both are down and dirty harmonica players and amazing singers, so some stellar huffing and puffing made it all sound nice. With good stuff on the horizon, including a new record completed called "Cloudless Day," it's readying for national release followed by touring next year. 

The Soul Shakers will compete Jan. 16-20 in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. The International Blues Challenge is the Blues Foundation's signature event that turns all of Beale Street into a five-day big blues venue for more than 260 acts from around the world. This band is going to make a mark.

McDaniel calls his boys "a modern day powerhouse blues band." With the right mix of a tight rhythm section to bring some funkiness, you get more with "a lone weeping guitar, blues harmonica and soul-filled vocals and everybody's in trouble," he said. I think they're the right version of "Oklahomafied" Blues Brothers' boogie woogie. Influences include the masters ranging from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Junior Wells to Otis Rush, Otis Redding, James Brown, Booker T and The MGs, The Rolling Stones and more. If you want to be the best, it helps to be influenced by the best.

McDaniel describes his performance style and presence as that of "an old timey, gun-toting, whiskey-sipping Southern preacher hell bent for higher ground." With more than 30 years of writing songs, he started on stage with Oklahoma Blues legend Miss Blues. He's since appeared on recordings with her as well as The Blue Notes, Old Gray Mule, Rickett Pass and Cedric Burnside. He also co-wrote/co-produced the band's debut CD, "Soul Shakin.'"

The singer's joined by Blues Music Award-winning guitarist Ike Lamb. Playing professionally for over 30 years, he's played, recorded and toured with countless acts, McDaniel said. Newest member John Stendel took over the bass duties about a year ago. On the skins is the great Forrest Worrell, known for time with Otis Watkins, Miss Blues, Watermelon Slim and many more in between. 

Keep up with Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers via the band's website: as well as other social media pages. 

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Friday night kicks off a new music setup that can appeal to the whole family, filling your hunger for food and entertainment. DuPree will sing for your supper from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Heff's Burgers, 3807A Cache Road. The band makes a nice fit for what is hoped to be a weekly event. Danny Cox, DuPree keyboardist, said the family atmosphere and non-smoking/alcohol environment make for a great opportunity to perform for a wide-ranging audience. And, weather permitting, the music will be outside on the deck. 

"Great food and good clean fun," Cox said. "We love playing venues like this and festivals where the kids can attend. It's always fun to watch them check out the band. We always make a point to talk to the kids on break as well." 

Cox said the band is emerging from a reshaping period with guitarist Brad Caudill taking a larger role as a singer. He'll also be performing a short acoustic set that his bandmate said will be "amazing."

Keep up with DuPree via the band's Facebook page. Get a bit to eat and hear what all the fuss is all about tonight. 

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Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers' stop by 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 proved to be jamtastic. With their Christmas song, you're in for a treat during our very special holiday shows. With feast day on the horizon, Jokey McJokerson returned to food with this week's joke setup. Here's the punchline:

"An impasta."

Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 4:25 p.m. each Thursday or stream the half-hour show online:, on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: Tune in Thanksgiving day at 4 p.m. to catch a special hour long edition featuring some amazing performances by local acts. 

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