Publication:The Lawton Constitution; Date:Feb 19, 2016; Section:Weekend; Page Number:1B


Legend sings praise to shake the blues at lounge


    A true legend took to Legends Lounge last week to sing praise and shake the blues.

    The great Dennis Binder joined 1GCrew’s Thanh Le on guitar and drummer Jonah Green for the Thursday night open mic at the club, 1906 W. Lee. He may be a long way from Rosedale, Miss., but the birthplace of the blues runs deep in him. For a taste of what you missed, visit the electronic version of the column at and click on the links to transport you through time back to a moment filled with shaky video and scored by some magic music.

    Binder opened with his newest recording, “Amen (The Lord’s Prayer),” and Binder and Crew brought spirit into the club. From the first “Gonna be all right,” Binder electrified the fortunate audience. Although I didn’t film the performance, here’s a link to a mastered version of the
song, recorded at T.L. Live Studio Productions: n Dennis Binder & Thanh Le — “Amen” — X0.

    The legend of the blues is often mixed with allegories about the battle between God and the devil. Binder was born into the blues and knows how to channel that redemptive quality through sinfully sweet sounds. Accompanied by drummer Green, Binder used his keyboard and one-of-a-kind voice to share praise through a pair of performances of gospel-based numbers. His fingers craft as much magic as his voice with this: n Dennis Binder — “Why I Love Jesus” —

    Binder’s sonic invocations offer a message of redemption and grace for all of us — “not tomorrow, but right now”: n Dennis Binder — “Everybody Needs A Miracle” — ZXd7_rqayc.

    The iconic bluesman is continuing work with Le on his newest collection since the 2007 album “Hole in That Jug.” Still feeling the spirit, the 87-year-old Binder still finds his way to Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, where he plays “four or five times a week.”

    The appearance at Legends Lounge as part of the open mic night jam session revealed a great, supportive venue for new and classic talent. From 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each Thursday night, open sets are available for music and comedy performances as well as some solid dance music by DJ Regi of Club Starter DJs. The venue also hosts its “Mic Check” performances from 8-10:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month. Hosted by Rhonda Johnson, a.k.a. “Wildflower,” performances of spoken word poetry and live R&B and jazz performances are often slated.

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    Dallas rock-a-metal-skapunk express From Parts Unknown returned to the Railhead Saloon for a Friday night show that featured cuts off its upcoming debut CD, “Bruiser.” Along with snagging an unmastered copy of the CD, you lucky readers are privy to a trio of live performances of some most excellent music along with my take on the new tracks.

    Guitarist/singer Ben Mc-Cracken described the band and its ethos simply: “We drive a van and play loud songs. Some of our songs are louder than others.” Yup. That’s about right.

    The group kicked off its live show with a raging number and the energy only ramped up from there. Even better live than on the recording, this high-octane rock and roll band has a special knack with the reggae-tinged tempo shift: n From Parts Unknown — “Trusted Few” —

    Built of equal parts Stray Cats and Slayer with nods ranging from Reverend Horton Heat to Toadies with Sublime mixed in, the Texas trio offers some quick wit to match the tempo with its song list. Live or on disc, they don’t fail to deliver something unique and their own: n From Parts Unknown — “Pompa Don’t” —

    The trio — McCracken; Kyle Owen, drums; and Chris Parrish, upright bass — don’t shut up; they put up with their collection of the seven original songs that fill “Bruiser.” The energy and rawness of their live performances is captured in the galloping rhythm section that provides a fabric for McCracken to crank some amazing sounds from his Gretsch guitars and Marshall amp cabinet. Like a gang of outlaws riding into town in the Old West, these three are kings of the galloping rhythm that rumbles into catchy choruses and breakdowns. Two tracks, “Unicorn” and “Lemmy,” are inspired rave-ups that are like audio energy drinks.

    From Parts Unknown has many notes and ways to play them — it’s more than a punky, good time band. The reggae section of “Leroy” is as listener pleasing as any reggae-tinged tempo shifts Sublime created in its prime.

    Live video from Friday night only offers part of the perfect culmination of their sound in this pugnacious cut: n From Parts Unknown — “Grumpy Cat” —

    Keep an eye out on the From Parts Unknown Facebook page, at bandcamp:; and in this column for more info about the album’s release.

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    Don’t forget the CD release party for Cade Roth’s self-titled debut CD is coming up. Good things kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday at the M&M Arena outside of Binger. You’ll be able to pick up the new release, as well as some pretty cool new merchandise. Along with a performance by Roth, Dannie Carson, Rodney Whaley, Dustin Leonhart and maybe more musicians will perform.

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    The Meers Store will be the place to be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday when Chuck Mantooth and Three Frets Down will be joined by Brandon Gibson.

    “Been wanting him to be part of the show for quite some time,” Mantooth said. “A brilliant songwriter, one of the best.”

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    Wednesday brought some cool news for three completely different music projects.

    n First off, Waylon Holley reported he’d picked up his new CD from Dallas and was returning with his new release at the ready. I’m looking forward to catching up with Holley and giving this new disc a listen. Holley was joined by Ralph Spears, Stuart Robertson, Robby Crow, Randy Langford, Rod Roadruck, Danny Holley and Jay Quarels; it was recorded by Jay Alexander at Souljourn Studios.

    n Danny Cox is still riding high on the Internet radio charts. His solo number “AM/PM” is No. 1 on the Digital Radio Tracker Music 1 Jazz/R&B Top 20 chart. “To the Ages” by Cox and his bandmates in The Brothers DuPree & Sista Sarah is at No. 3. The group’s song “Sleepin’ My Blues Away” is sitting at No. 2 on the Blues chart. Cox said the band has some big things on the horizon.

    n Finally, the second installment of Nacho Cart dropped some big news. Dayton Keel, drummer of the original collective who covered System of a Down’s “Toxicity” album in September announced that he and other originals — Matt Shreve, vocals; and Jimbo Hochmuth, bass — will be joined by Josh Katvala, vocals; Dakota Hooper and Brandon Cramer, guitars; Carolos Vissepo and Nani Vissepo, auxiliary drums; and Elvis “Dirt” Keel, samples, for a tribute to the “raw brutal live show of Slipknot” at the Railhead Saloon on April 22.

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    While several of us zombies continue to wait to see the completed version of

Beauty in the Suffering’s

video for “N.G.F.D.” filmed by Shawn Barfield in Lawton in November 2014, band producer/mastermind DieTrich Thrall has released his project’s first, self-titled EP. Featuring previously released singles — “The Crazies,” “Reveille” and “Juliet (You’re Mine)” — a special bonus track is what’s garnering a lot of online hype. It’s an electronic/industrial-infused take of The Outfield’s 1980s hit, “Your Love”:

    You can check into picking up digital copies of the EP online: Also, keep up with the group through the Beauty in the Suffering Facebook page.

    Norman duo Honey Blue dropped its debut single this week. The track “Oklahoma Girl” is an alt-country classic-in-waiting that’s somewhere between The Eagles and Ryan Adams. There’s something uniquely Oklahoman to it. I can’t put my finger on it, but I know it when I hear it. Check it out:

    To purchase the song or learn more about the band at its Facebook page or visit its website:

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    Stop by the column’s YouTube channel to check out the dozens of exclusive videos from the column’s video archive. It’s an archive of past local (and visiting) talent that’s graced Southwest Oklahoma’s stages:

    Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archive homepage: Scott Rains — hannel/UCPw__GedGPOUD-wROFcuZ8w.

    Live music

    Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore — 9 p.m.-midnight Friday & Saturday: TBD; Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Big Pete Piehnik.

    Swigg’s Still & Grill, 7401 Cache Road— 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Saturday, 699-2500: Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD.

    Toby Keith’s American Grill, 3807 Cache Road — 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 699-3030: Friday, 7 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 7 p.m.: TBD.

    BrookRidge Retirement Community, 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free. 536-9700. Frank & Friends Musical Entertainers.

    The Silver Spoon Kitchen and Bakeshop, 529 SW C — 7-10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, live music — Free. 357-6800.

    The White Buffalo Food & Beer Co., 200 SW C — live music: Saturday, 7 p.m., TBD; Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m.: TBD.

    Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057 — 8-11 p.m., Friday: TBD; Saturday: TBD.

    Gone Fishin’ Beer, Bait & BBQ, 134 E. Lake Drive in Medicine Park — Friday: 6 p.m., TBD; Saturday, 6 p.m.: TBD.

    Legion Building, 6739 N. Wildhorse Road (I-44, exit 45, east) dance Fridays, 7 p.m., Wichita Sounds, traditional country, early R&R and ‘50s pop, ballroom; $6 cover and includes refreshments; every fourth Saturday (beginning May 23), 7 p.m.: Evening of Line Dancing. Free to non senior center members. 580-574-1942. No alcohol, no smoking. Everyone welcome.

    Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m. — alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 7 p.m.: Bag O’ Bones. Dark Valley Harvesters, and Wild Sallee; Saturday, 8 p.m.: Forever in Disgust, Orange Helicopter and Center of Disease.

    VFW Post 5263,103 NE 20th

— 8 p.m. Saturday: Jeremy Gray

Band, 248-0713. Public welcome.

    Legends Lounge, 1906 W. Lee — Tuesday: “Happy Hour” food and drink specials, 6-9 p.m.; Wednesday: “Mic Check,” featuring spoken word poetry, R&B and jazz 8:30-10 p.m., first and third Wednesday of the month; Thursday: “Happy Hour” food and drink specials, open mic for live music and comedy, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Friday: Old School Jam, 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m.; Saturday: “Old School Jam” hosted by DJ Brown, 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m.; Sunday: “Blues,” 9 p.m.

    Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, — live music and karaoke; Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD.

    Small Mountain Street Tacos, Cobblestone Row, Medicine Park, 529-5600 —7-9 p.m., Friday, 7 p.m.: TBD; Saturday: 3-5 p.m.: TBD; Sunday, 5-7 p.m.: TBD.

    Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th — Monday: Steve-O The Karaoke Dude; Tuesday: karaoke with Mike Messina; Wednesday: acoustic open mic with Kris Brown; Thursday: acoustic with TBD; Friday, 9 p.m.: Allen Biffle Band; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Garage Mahalix; Sunday 7 p.m.: TBD; open mic jam hosted by full band jam with David Anderson on keys, 8 p.m.

    Red Dirt Grill, 6425 Cache Road— 9 p.m.-midnight, no cover, Friday: TBD; Saturday: TBD.

    Harley’s Club, 6305 NW Wolf Road in Elgin, 248-5777 — karaoke Friday, 9 p.m. karaoke with Darren Herrod; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Grissleheads.

    AP’s Club, Oklahoma 49 in Medicine Park, 529-2260 — 8-11 p.m., Every Thursday: open mic night with Big Pete Piehnik.

    Riley’s Place, 720 N. Plainsman in Marlow, 658-1171 — Friday: karaoke, no cover, 9 p.m., TBD; Saturday: Dollar 98.

    Rooster’s Rock and Roll Club, 1310 NW 47th, 699-5991 — Wednesday, 9 p.m.: Ladies Night with karaoke, no cover; Thursday, 9 a.m.: Acoustic Night; Friday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Ralph Spears Band; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Biscuit Heads, no cover.

    Drillers, 1051 N. U.S. 81, Duncan, 230-1124 — Friday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., DJ Blue Rose, no cover; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Bobby Dale Band and DJ Blue Rose, no cover; Wednesday: Chance Anderson hosts acoustic night; Thursday: TBD.

    Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550 — Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke Road Show; Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD.

    Chele’s Club, 609 S. Sheridan, 248-4119 — Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD.

    Wall Street, 23 N. 7th in Duncan, 255-7780 — Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD.

    The Dog House, 5007 N. U.S. 81 in Marlow, 658-9113 — Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Thursday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke party, $5 cover.

    Karaoke & more

    Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Fridays-Sundays, The Zoo, 1201 N. Sheridan, 581-1771.

    Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Jimmy’s Lounge, 4401 Cache Road, 248-4692.

    Karaoke with Tommy Lee, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Jerry’s Place, 1906 W. Lee, 699-5323.

    Spotlight DJ and Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays, The Pub, 208 Jones, Marlow. 580-658-6522.

    Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Kimchi Garden, 1217 Cache Road, 355-8585.

    Karaoke Nights, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Hoffman’s Bar & Grill, 2006 W. Lee, 248-3502.

    Karaoke with Guy Guy, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesdays, 103 NE 20th, 248-0713.

    Steve-O the Karaoke Dude, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Mondays, Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th; 9 p.m.-closing Tuesdays, no show, Wednesdays, no show, Fridays, Butterfly Lounge, 2702 N. Sheridan; 10 p.m.-closing Sundays, “Sunday Funday” at the Railhead Saloon, 10 p.m.

    Karaoke at Robinson’s Landing General Store, 7-10 p.m. Friday, TBD; 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Big Pete Piehnik; north side of Lake Lawtonka, 1 mile west of Ann’s Country Kitchen to Lawtonka Road and down the shore line, free and open to the public, 529-1801.

    Guy-Guy Karaoke, 9 p.m.-midnight, Tues, day; 8 p.m.-midnight, Thursday; Southwest 11th Street and F Avenue.

    Karaoke at VFW Post 5263,103 NE 20th — 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. 248-0713. Public welcome.