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Shea Weaver’s varied monikers — like Cheezecoat — correspond to where music has taken him.

Stephen Carradini July 6th, 2011

Shea Weaver
9-10 p.m. Friday
JJ’s Alley
212 E. Sheridan 605-4543

Cheezecoat
Saturday
Midsummer Nights’ Fair
Lions Park 450 S. Flood, Norman
normanfirehouse.com 329-4523

Shea Weaver is a busy man.

“You never know where things in life will take you,” said the Oklahoma City musician, who plays under his own name, as Cheezecoat and in Country Strange. His varied monikers correspond to the various places that music has taken him.

He started playing with Country Strange almost 10 years ago, after meeting guitarist Chris Boyd in college. “We learned to play our guitars together,” Weaver said. The band plays covers and originals in the “red dirt, Austin style.” Weaver writes some of the material and sings harmony in the band.

His songwriting skill grew out into solo work as well.

“I’m kind of a clown. I can make people laugh,” Weaver said. “I started writing songs, and some of them went blue. I call them honest.”

Weaver started playing his tunes, which currently include “Sex Position Song” and “Biggest Penis in History,” at JJ’s Alley during open-mike nights. He caught the attention of owners, who asked him to perform a more prestigious slot: Friday night opener.

“It’s an interesting show. The owner likes it, and I’m starting to get a little following,” Weaver said. With his raunchy material going full guns, he decided that his next project would be an album of children's songs.

A woman he was dating had two children, one of whom had trouble sleeping. He wrote some songs to facilitate the process and recorded them in his home studio. He gave them to friends, who gave them to friends. Next thing he knew, he was sleeping in Nashville on the couch of Wide Studios’ Andy Hunt.

“It was one of the projects he’d wanted to do for a while, doing a kids’ album,” Weaver said. Weaver had recently been laid off, so it was easy to take a month and head to Music City to record the self-titled Cheezecoat album.

When he came back, life took him back to the same job he’d had before.

“I got rehired. I gotta pay the bills,” Weaver said. “I do the kid thing on the side.”

That includes the circuit of schools and day cares, as well as Saturday’s gig at Midsummer Nights’ Fair. He’s aware of local band Sugar Free Allstars, who make a living as professional musicians, but he’s not specifically shooting for that outcome with his Cheezecoat project; at least, not more than any other of his projects.

“Whichever one catches on first will be the one I gravitate toward. I love performing, whether it’s Country Strange or comedy or kids’ stuff,” he said.

 
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