Young singer shares her spirit and voice through ukulele songs
Fourteen-year-old Jasmine Cox-Phelps is a star in the making. She proved that in spades with this week's visit to the column's radio show. We discovered her when she won the first week of Steve-O's Singy Thingy karaoke contest last month at Red Dirt Reloaded.
Jasmine took her $50 prize money and used it to buy a ukulele. Smart kid. Within three days she wrote her first song, the outstanding "Feelings" heard on Thursday's show. A newer song was caught on video: •Jasmine Cox-Phelps — "Who I Am" — https://youtu.be/Piy9tnkOnxo.
"It was $50 well spent," Jasmine said. She's already looking for another one pitched to alto. She's been around musical instruments her whole life so the ukulele is a natural extension. From steel drums to guitar, rain sticks and anything else that will make a beautiful melody, she is a kid who loves to play. In the end, her voice is the instrument she hones best. Her youthfulness combines with a performer's maturity to show she's a songwriter with that special something.
You can cue up more about Jasmine Cox-Phelps at her Facebook page and at a website that went online Thursday: www.JasmineCoxPhelps.com.
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Cade Roth & The Black Sheep is releasing its newest EP, "74th Street Session" on June 22 and this lucky guy gave it an early listen. It features Roth on guitar and vocals, Brad Wolf on bass and lead guitar parts and dynamic drummer Ryan Joyce with percussion. It's the perfect next step to their fantastic debut album, "Deviate."
"Barely Getting By" kicks off with pronounced piano and Roth's indelible voice. It's a fantastic maturation for this unique songwriter. Roth previewed the second track "What's Left of Me Now" last year on the radio show and it remains a personal favorite that blends the singer's venerable Oklahoma voice with rock and country.
The album is built in the acoustic format the band's taken of late. It packs its punch in refined musicality exemplified in the 5 minute arc of "Wichita Wild Rose." Bluesy guitar leads from Wolf serve as in perfect duet with Roth's breathy tenor to make "Silver Lining" an apex in this band's career so far.
The acoustic guitar introducing closing track "Don't Let Me Down" builds a framework for Roth and his bandmates' voices to blend and create something replete with both fragility and strength.
With "74th Street Session," Cade Roth & The Black Sheep have put out a rare, near perfect collection.
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A former local rapper moved to Los Angeles, Calif., five years ago and made a mark before recently returning to Oklahoma City. Anthony "Adot Manifesto" Blount said he recorded a lot of music and earned his performance marks.
Now back in Oklahoma, Blount continues to grind through his Youtube and SoundCloud pages. He also modified his name and his Facebook music page, YouTube, and Instagram pages are growing everyday.
"I have been receiving notifications that let me know my music is being played all over the world. India, Africa, places in Europe and places I've never heard of before," he said. "It's a great feeling to know that people are relating to the music, as I have always placed my heart, mind and soul into it."
Check out his latest track: •Adot Manifesto — "Manifesto" — https://youtu.be/taxP3upHgbI.
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Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers brought their signature sound to Red Dirt Reloaded for a Friday night show for the ages. The band unloaded a lot of strong material from their February release "Cloudless Day."
The boys of blues knocked out several sets of classic material. Here's a take on a number that singer Eric "Dirty Red" used to perform with Miss BluesDorothy Ellis herself when he was an up and coming harp player: •Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers — "Goin' Back to Texas" — https://youtu.be/U9g9iLu256E.
These gents know how to knock out a hometown show.
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Jasmine Cox-Phelps lit up Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to make this week's Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, something special. She's going places, kids.
Jokey McJokerson wasn't chicken with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:
"The road crossed it first.”
Jokey’s Corner — TBD will be featured for Comedy Night 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 atwww.apachecasinohotel.com.
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 www.apachecasinohotel.com.
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