This week's column is a gumbo offering of tidbits and info about what's going on with some of our local musicians.
On a sad note, Lawton live legends Backwash have recently called it quits. This is frown-inducing news to the many who have found themselves hopping around and having a good time during their frenetic live shows. Guitarist Rafael Montez has since slid into a guitarist role with Amanda Kidd & Co.
A decade of perseverance pays off tonight for Komatryp as they join Area of Effect, Anialas, The Witch Was Right and Psychostick on a lineup headlined by Black Light Burns featuring Wes Borland, formerly of Limp Bizkit. The show has been moved to Hidden Castle, 1309 SW 24th in Norman.
With a new look and co-vocalist, Lawton's Deadcore is prepping for its spot on the bill for a big pre-Halloween concert in Oklahoma City. Still strongly promoting its new CD What Should Not Be, the decade-old band is evolving. The band is offering tickets for its Oct. 28 show as an opening band for Devildriver at the Diamond Ballroom. There are rumors that shocksational legends Gwar may also join the bill. Tickets are $17 and are available by contacting any members of the band or through its Facebook page.
Following a strong second place showing at the Great Plains Coliseum's Battle of the Bands in August, Duncan's Southern Heretics are taking their show on the road tomorrow night as they open for Texas Hippie Coalition at OKC Limits in Oklahoma City, 4801 S. Eastern. The venue is 21 and older to enter and tickets are $13 each.
After showing high-energy promise at the August Battle of the Bands, Wyldsyde have announced they're looking for a high-voltage singer to carry on their 80s party rock stylings. If you have the chops and feel salty, you can inquire at the band's Facebook page.
Chris Bracket and his band Adsum have been purveyors of music pleasure at several locales of late. Bracket, a guitar teacher, has been serving as a lynchpin for open mic nights at Jimmy's VIP Lounge for a good portion of the summer. The band will have an unplugged show at the Kickstand Bar on Oct. 5.
Andrew the Poet! releases his new CD Death to All Poets and kicks off his self-propelled national tour Oct. 13 with a show at the Acoustic Rock Coffee House. "I want each and every human I know at this show," said Andrew Laramie Brasier, a.k.a. Andrew the Poet!
Outlaw country troubadour Ken Morrow and Hired Guns are readying a new CD. Despite health issues, Morrow is producing a healthy catalog of soulful 70s influenced country infused with blues that reminds me of Waylon Jennings backed by Double Trouble. Interesting stuff.
Psychedlic journeys await listeners with the upcoming release of Deadweight's new EP The Red Sun God, due to drop during the band's appearance at PushFest in mid-October.
Also emerging from the studio and readying new CDs are a couple of disparate but equally talented local artists. Mixing their spirituality with their love of hardcore, In Honor is finishing its new EP Foundations for a late-October release. From an altogether different end of the musical, if not spiritual spectrum, local singer/songwriter Rosen Carpenter is also readying a new disc of original music for an October release. Both acts are slated to be featured in upcoming columns.
Another highly anticipated release is slated from The Holley Brothers. After catching their championship performance during August's Battle of the Bands and Waylon Holley's soul-searing version of "Purple Rain" during a recent karaoke competition I'm excited. If they capture the essence of their country/swing/boogie/soul combination in the recording I'd bet their voice will be soon heard by a wide audience.