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Celebration provides feast of music

The Sunset Celebration for Shirley at the Guitar Bar Sunday night provided a feast of amazing music for some caring fans of live performances. 

Several local artists performed and I'm sure I missed some of the performances. What I caught were special. The tail end of Lb. Salt's savory set featuring the amazing blues vocals and harp skills of Dirty Red himself, Eric McDaniel, got things going properly. Club owner and country superstar in his own right, Terry Allen was on and off stage all night. Along with killing it with Lynn Moon on guitar for "That's the Way Love Goes," he joined Big Mike Webb and Moon for a perfect version of "Luckenbach, Texas." Pinching his nose perfectly, Allen nailed a spot on Willie Nelson sound to pair with Webb's Waylon-deep-baritone voice. Webb tore things up, peaking with his pitch perfect take on Elvis' "Polk Salad Annie." Allen channeled Bruno Mars by way of Nashville for his signature take on "When I Was Your Man." A breakout performance by Sheena Nash and Frank Ryan followed. She was joined by Allen for "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" and a show-stopping take on the Georgia Satellites' classic, "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" that went in great and different directions while returning to its roots. She showed she's a vocalist to watch with great takes on "Proud Mary," "Purple Rain" (with added reverb vocals), and the Janis Joplin classic "Me & Bobby McGee." For a night of music and good spirits, added with a feast of food, the musical feast was "more filling and tasted great."

Allen said the show was to help Daphne Pollan raise money to get her and her kids up to see her grandmother Shirley in Ohio. The elder lady is terminally ill with cancer and was given two months to live. In the end, around $1,600 was raised to help with travel expenses. 

"The Granny has never seen Daphne's kids before," Allen said. "It always feels good to help folks in need."

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Three-quarters of Grammy Award-winning, alternative rock pioneers The Smashing Pumpkins announced the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour. Their first tour in nearly 20 years, founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha are returning to form. The 36-city tour, produced by Live Nation, will come through Oklahoma City July 14 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday local time and will be available at,, and via the Live Nation App. 

The tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of the legendary band's formation and will highlight music from the group's inception through 2000, and will exclusively feature material from their groundbreaking debut "Gish" through "Siamese Dream," "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness," "Adore," and "Machina." 

One of the best of the 90s bands, here's one of my favorites: nSmashing Pumpkins  "Rocket"

It's a shame that original bassist D'arcy Wretzky will be a no-show. The band issued a statement that they'd reached out to her to invite her for the tour but she has deferred. 

The Pumpkins are a band I've seen at two of the more memorable live shows experienced. I first saw them open for Guns 'n Roses for the Use Your Illusion tour. Although their set was cut short to three songs, they were the night's high point. The next time I saw them  on the Siamese Dream tour with The Rev. Horton Heat opening up  they provided the benchmark show for live sound and musicianship. There's no doubt that standard will continue with the July show in Oklahoma City.

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A family emergency followed by foul weather caused Cody Newby to have to postpone visiting this week to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Carr and the columnist. Fortunately, Gary Sanning saved the day and warmed the studio with some fantastic stories about his decades as a singer, songwriter and producer. Now working with 7 Springs Sound, located at Jerry's Music Emporium building, 1015 S. Sheridan, the Nashville, Tenn., based pro is finding a top talent pool from his new second home. He proved he has a place in that realm with some great performances for the show and for an upcoming Mix Tape edition. You heard "Rocket Man" if you tuned in. Takes of Cat Stevens' "Wild World," George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" and The Beatles' "I'll Send all My Love to You" will appear in the future. It was special when Sanning and Carr joined vocals. 

Although he's been fatigued and under the weather, Sanning's warm up of his performance revived his spirit and spread through the studio. Strumming his 1993 Takamine Santa Fe acoustic guitar, life filled the long-time musician. Touching the turquoise inlaid neck of the guitar caused him to smile at its familiarity. First influenced by Elvis before discovering The Beatles at age 8, Bob Dylan and the best of the 60s songbook and Sanning knew the life to follow  "I went head over heels." His first band was called The Glass Onion (marking The Beatles' influence). His next band would be a namesake group. Southern California sounds filled his 70s soul and he earned the moniker "The Lovesick Cowboy." Session work followed before he took to the producer's chair where he's produced over 100 albums. Currently, he's working on an album of acoustic versions of classic rock songs, but arranged and performed with his style and panache. 

Based in Nashville, Sanning moved to Lawton to help 7 Springs Sound with its launch and the Talent Search, presented by Sanning Promotions, that's underway. He has lots of production stories. Those tales tell well for novice musicans looking for direction. He said he finds a lot of joy in helping talent develop. While he believes the search offers opportunity for musicians to find their best sound, the possibility of more for the right talent is ripe, he said  "The cream rises to the top."

Once the Talent Search is whittled down to the top 10, Sanning said there will be a live concert that will also be produced into a CD. In the fall, some local talent will be up for inclusion on the three CD "HomeSpun" album that will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. A former soldier, it's a charity close to his heart. 

You can learn more via the 7 Springs Sound Facebook page, by stopping by the studio or by calling 699-7177.

Sanning provided Jokey McJokerson with the lead for this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"U.S. Savings Bonds mature and make money."

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