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New band ready to take on 2018

A new band with a plan, Cashroh, visited Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and yours truly. With a fresh 4-song EP recorded and a series of show bookings ahead, the boys are ready to take 2018 by the horns. 

The band  Kerry Hartman on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Arthur Bass on lead guitar, Nathan Red Elk on drums and Ben Ellis on bass  is readying for a good weekend of music. Fresh from Thursday's "Live at the Bullpen," the country-rock quartet are going to be entertaining diners from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Outlaw Bar-B-Q, 23485 Oklahoma 49. They'll be ringing in the New Year Sunday night with a show, along with Larry Chrisner and Chuck Mantooth from 3 Frets Down, at Chickasha's General Lee. On Jan. 13, the band will be performing in Kansas City, Mo. Ellis said the band is hyped for its March shows in Austin, Texas, during the South-By-Southwest Festival.

It's fitting for a band formed in August and fused on the road from "Illinois to Austin, Texas," four days later, Hartman said. He called their sound "everything from rock and roll, red dirt, psychedelic blues ..." and more. He's not far off. And it makes for a sound that pays off live. The singer said the band feeds off the audience while on stage. Good fortune has shown through crowd support.

"I enjoy playing," Hartman said. "We haven't had a bad show yet."

Cashroh just put out its debut collection of four songs called "The E.P." The album was recorded live at JCDC Studios in Chickasha in about two or three hours, Hartman said.

"For The Road" opens with some bluesy guitar licks played over a jumpin' Western backbeat that fits nicely with Hartman's lyrical tale of last call. You'll hear an acoustic rendition in an upcoming "Mix Tape" show. In just under 3 minutes, the band takes its paces as much from The Stray Cats as Robert Early Keene to create the slinky number "Slip In Her Sheets." Influenced by Tom Petty, the track takes its own turns onto Cashroh.

"Instead" is born from Lynyrd Skynyrd's swamp Southern rock but rises into a comfortable groove following Bass' lead guitar licks laced with fuzzy overtones. You heard it on Thursday's show, stripped down and acoustic. In closing with "For The Pain," the band takes its stab at epic big rock sounds mixed with the country and layered in heartache  a perfect holler for this ragged band of outlaw musicians to inhabit.

Keep up with the band via the official Cashroh Facebook page or ReverbNation. The EP is available at ReverbNation, Spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp, Pandora, iTunes and most other online outlets.

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It was a great year for some cool "2017 Live Concerts" attended. Next week I'll hit on only locally-based artists' highlights but this week I'm touching on festivals and larger concerts. 

The DOPE and Hed PE concert at the Great Plains Coliseum would usually be a top choice, but not this year. The mojo fell out due to the treatment of the opening acts. Despite inept work by the audio engineers and stage managers, local heavyweights Paid In Spades, Komatryp and Deadcore made the most of their brief moments in the spotlight. They were the stars.

The Armed Forces Day Red Dirt Festival and the Freedom Festival, both in Elmer Thomas Park, were bright spots. Great sets from Allen Biffle Band, Dannie Carson, 77th Army Band and more provided something for everyone in the diverse audience. Mad Leon even got a columnist up on stage for a moment of "Surrender."

Medicine Park handled its business with another terrific season of music festivals. From March's Park Stomp through the Red Dirt Fest and ending summer with the Mayor's Blues Ball, the cobblestone community had a little bit of it all. With Tyrannosaurus Chicken pickin' things apart to begin the spring to Cade Roth & The Black Sheep, The Matchsellers, Carter Sampson, Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers and Travis Linville, blue and rustic sounds covered a full range. Red Dirt's closer was one of the peak live performances of the year, thanks to the work of Lawton's Johnny Elkins on guitar and vocals: nIvory DeVille  "Benny & The Jets"

On the larger stage, Oklahoma City's Diamond Ballroom housed a powerful performance from the instrumental force of Russian Circles and the mighty Mastodon. The opening band's instrumental set was a mesmerizing offering of sonic dimension. The headliners proved with their sound and lights show a showplace for the band's musicianship: nMastodon  "Show Yourself"

A real treat was traveling back in time  or so it felt  at The Nixons reunion show at Oklahoma City's Bricktown Events Center in March. Drummer John Humphrey even sang "Happy Birthday" to me on the radio. A band that "made it" from the local stages at around the same time I was another wannabe, they still have the fire  even after 15 years' hiatus. Check out their concert closer: nThe Nixons  "One By One" & "The Seeker"

It looks like The Nixons are offering opportunity to make a 2018 highlight by performing at KATT Rock 100.5 FM's New Year's Eve Bash along with Hinder, Aranda and Part-Time Servants Sunday night at the Events Center, 425 E. California. It's a good all-ages venue with parking close. Tickets start at $25 with reserved table seating and meet and greet packages available. Tickets available at or by calling 866-966=1777.

A little closer to home, you can catch Crosswind Saturday and Sunday night at the Comanche Red River Casino in Devol. Show starts at 9 p.m. both nights and is sure to have a feast of music to make 2018 start out right. 

Things kick off country at 9:30 p.m. Sunday when the Casey Abbe Band takes the stage at Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, to ring in 2018. No cover and 21-and-up to get in.

For a head banging way to ring in the new year with ringing ears, join the boys in Backwash and Some A**holes at 9 p.m. Sunday, at the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, for one of the most fun ends to 2017. You never know, there may be a surprise appearance or two.

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Cashroh helped make this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and yours truly a great one to end 2017. Cheers to a musical and fun 2018!

Also, tune into Magic 95.3 FM Radio on New Year's Day for something special. It'll be a very rock and roll day.

Jokey McJokerson provided an intellectual treat for this week's joke setup. Here's the punchline:

"Chess nuts roasting in an open foyer."

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: 

#Sundaymonium  Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week's show followed by this week's show: 6 p.m., Cashroh; 6:30 p.m., TBD. 

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