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SW Pride sings the season, Doyle brings a reason

Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus gave an early Christmas present with a stop into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort. Fifteen of 16 members of the all-male chorus proved why they are masters of their art.

Check out their take on a Christmas classic you'll be hearing on next week's radio show: •Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus — "Jingle Bell Rock" —

The gents also created the best Christmas present ever for a local music radio show •Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus — "Today's Best Soundemonium!" —

These amazing singers are: lead — Keith Parrish, Troy Hamilton, Jeff Little, and Earl Emerson; bass — Ben Good, David Lindley, Joel Blomgren, Don Ward, Coleman Gray, and Kirk Prucha; bass (those hard to hit notes in between bass and lead) — Bill Penn, Tom Love, Joe Crane and Leighton Duitsman; and the tenors (the high notes) — Shawn Roberts and Neil West.

With an origin story that begins with: "Some say it was an accident. Some say it was fate"; Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus was born (more or less) in 1938. As part of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Lawton group is part of a fraternity that spans 800 communities in the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit the Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus Facebook page and go check out a performance. 

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Doyle, featuring The Misfits guitarist Doyle von Frankenstein, made a Tuesday night stop at Lawton's Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan. It was a highlight to local live music events from 2018. Featuring hometown heroes Paid in Spades and The Cutthroat Bastards, the sold-out show was an event you had to be there to believe. Believe me, it was special.  

Leading off the night, The Cutthroat Bastards knocked out a premiere set that took band members Ricky Warren and Brandynn "Dammit" Garcia back into their time in seminal group Days of the Sick: •The Cutthroat Bastards — "The Strangler" —

Warren offered the truest words of the night: "This is a great night for punk rock in Lawton, Oklahoma."

Paid in Spades put on yet another memorably great show. With singer Frankie Furious and guitarist Dusty Hatter channeling a punk rock ZZ Top, they were a good time on wheels. They hit a high point with their take on a song written by Furious' son, Scott: "This song was written by a 5-year-old and it's more punk rock than you," he said: •Paid in Spades — "I'm A Bat Living In The Shadows" —

Doyle von Frankenstein and his namesake band put the pedal to the metal all night long. Visually, a hulking monster on stage with riffs as fierce as a horror movie, when you take Doyle away and sit down for a conversation, he's one of the most genuinely easy-going "stars" around. Check out this exclusive sit-down interview with Doyle, his dog, Trixie-Lu, the columnist and Steve Carr from inside the tour bus following the show:

Many thanks go out to Soundemonium homie Alissa Reed for shooting the video and taking photos from the interview.

You'll catch more highlights on an upcoming radio show and in next week's column. 

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The Before Christmas Christmas Special edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist turned into a seasonal bit of bliss. A Christmas journey that began with Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus with "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas," took a turn to the saucy with Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers with "Back Door Santa" and mixed up sweetly with Dani Carson on "Hard Candy Christmas." Steve-O let out all his personalities for the majestic original song "Toys, Toys, Toys," and Robbie McMillan set things right with "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." The DJ and the columnist had our way with "Santa Claus & His Old Lady 2.0" to make a great lead in for next week's After Christmas Christmas Special.

Jokey gave a Christmas presenting tip with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“A broken drum. You just can't beat it.”

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