Episode 15 of our Free Range Texan Podcast openly admits the existence of a canine super hero heretofore left in the background of our production. Apparently there is no longer any keeping of “Foxy the Wonder Dog” a secret.
Big thanks to Daniel Jones for bringing us up to date. We freely admit that technical problems occurred with Daniel’s interview and there are parts of the podcast on that account that require you to listen harder because Daniel was on the road and away from any of our digital recording devices. Honestly, folks we will take steps to improve all of that in the future.
We left Michael Shawn alone to create his campfire segment, and when that happens you can count on the fact that his heart for Texas generally takes over the conversation. Thank you Michael …. good info.
Oh, yes, and the last thing we want to mention is that this is the first of our podcasts that our host actually opened and closed the show break dancing for our audience … Is there no end to Michael Shawn’s talent? If you haven’t heard Episode 15, we suggest you climb aboard.
I have a bone to pick with this critter that follows me around. This week at the Free Range Texan website, coming in on our email@example.com e-mail address, Foxy the Wonder Dog, after a brief appearance on our podcast, got a higher number of listener responses than I did! That’s right, fellow Free Rangers, I have been outdone by my german shepherd shadow. It has also been suggested by more than just a few, that we put up a picture or two or three of this sensational sidekick, loving referred to as Foxy. She is a little over two years old and she has followed me around since she was a little ball of fur.
Starting with the early days, it would be fair to say that she was equally never dull and not exactly well-mannered. She had a tremendously hard time distinguishing between her dog food bowl and my sandwich.
As the weeks and months rolled by, she began to act less like an out-of-control puppy, too cute for her own good, and more like the sharp, better mannered watch dog that we knew she could become. But, not before she managed to chew her way through more than one of the closets in our home.
And while the jury was out for a time, it’s pretty unanimous now around our outfit that Foxy the Wonder Dog is now a permanent member of the family. Wondering when we’re going to eat next, enjoying attention, and being insatiably curious about anything new, I would say she fits right in.
Whether you call him the man behind “Baxter Barret Brown’s Base Fiddle”, remember him as a significant portion of instrumentation and/or vocal harmony in a band called “Blue Prairie”, or just like to spend time listening to the story telling, guitar playing, singing talents of Tim McKenzie, there is no denying his fan base following. I know because I am one.
I know it’s cliche to say that if you get a change to meet the guy and visit with him, you will find that he is one of the nicest, most respectful and humble gentlemen that you have met. That is the “cowboy way”. While he admits he was born in Colorado, he will tell you that he would not want to live anywhere else but West Texas. That’s one of the many things I like about him.
Episode 14 of the Free Range Texan podcast sparkles with Tim telling, among other things, the back story on his song “The Ghost of Palo Duro”. By the end of the segment, he shares the tune with us. While we were in production on the podcast in Studio A, one of our crew walked through the Studio as Tim’s music began playing. He stopped dead in his tracks and said, “Wow, are you playing Sons of the Pioneers.” I smiled and said, “No, but it is genuine Tim McKenzie.”
Without going into details, for now just take my word for it. Tim McKenzie is a busy guy. But in the midst of it all, he has also written and gotten published an entire series of children’s books that are the perfect material for parents or grandparents to spend some remarkable quality time with the kiddos. If you click on this book, you can see the entire series. We like ’em, and think you will too.
Episode 14 of the Free Range Texan podcast brings Tim McKenzie on board for the first time to our production. We knew before it was over that we would be chasing after him to come back, hopefully again and again. Thank you, Tim. You’re welcome at the Free Range Texan podcast. We know you’re no stranger to being “out yonder”.
It was the late 1970’s. I had already been in broadcasting for 10 years. Through a quick series of events, I wound up partners with Bill Ockander in Warhorse Recording Studios. Remarkable musicians / entertainers walked through our doors. It was never dull. I have fond memories of so many, but there were those who at the time I considered to be family. Musicians, singer-song writers like Jimmy Blakley and Lonny Carroll. Those two individuals are at the center of this story. I refer to a few of the tales on Episode 13 of the Free Range Texan podcast. While we were not good at taking pictures continually, as is common in this day and time, there are a few.
Lonny Carroll was someone that I only knew for a time, but as the years went by I appreciated my memories of him as lead singer in our entrepid Warhorse Band. I think perhaps that I appreciate him more today than he knows. Jimmy Blakley became a fast friend and brother for the rest of his life, and someone that I miss continually in our creative services work daily. For the rest of this story, I would urge you to listen to Episode 13 of our podcast and hear a bit of the music created during that magical time. Thank you Bill, Phil, Greg, Curtis, Jimmy, Lonny, and Eric. You all contributed to that thing I carry in my heart to this day, Fascination for the Freeway …. heard on Episode 13 Free Range Texan podcast.
People who are successful in the public relations industry agree that a good agency operates seamlessly behind the scenes working on their client’s behalf. While the owners and creative personnel at A-Team PR have operated in media and public relations for decades, A-Team PR itself is a brand new public relations and strategic media planning business that in many ways has rewritten the operations manual for today’s advertising companies. In today’s new world of marketing and imaging clients’ businesses, newly formed and elegant ways of promotion are changing the industry with more efficient processes. All of this leads to better production, better creativity, better market research, and more bang for the buck for clients. It is a new and exciting world, and podcasting is the new step-child wave that summits the mountain that is today’s entertainment / information explosion. Traditional media is pounding the pavement hard to keep up.
We told you the very first day of our podcast that we would tackle the entire Chupacabra story. Now, we have found one of our contacts who not only helps us uncover the actual details of the Chupacabra’s biological makeup, but has even possessed for a year an actual Chupacabra for the purpose of detailed study and mounting it so that thousands of people around the world can see an actual Chupacabra right before their eyes.
We interviewed another original Free Range Texan, Joe Taylor at Mount Blanco Fossil Museum, and he shared many of the things that he found out about this creature. He also discovered where the Chupacabra originates from. We think it is safe to say that the ill-tempered and dangerously unpredictable marauding beast is not in line to be domesticated anytime soon.
Thank you Joe Taylor for sharing this remarkable true-life story about the Chupacabra in these pictures. At Free Range Texan “Unexplained Files” we are continually working to track down the strange tales and true-life events which quite often are not easily explained.
Let me let you in on a secret. Our new digital technology makes things simple. For instance, if you have talent, if someone in your family has talent, if you know someone who has talent, or if you know someone who knows someone with talent … this is your / their lucky day. It just so happens that the moderately famous Free Range Texan podcast is in search of talent to interview and even play recordings of your gig. Discovered or undiscovered … we have found many times that makes little difference.
Here’s how it works … you send your name and telephone number or e-mail address to info@FreeRangeTexan.net. The rest is simple. You can be located anywhere in Texas, the United States, or the world. Michael Shawn will call you and discuss podcast stuff with you. A quick telephone interview can take place and then we will play at least one of your tunes or cowboy poetry or regular poetry or drum solo or trombone … well we think you get the picture. It’s time for your moderately big break!!! Go ahead … send it in. We’re waiting.
Episode 12 starts out with a fantasy parachute jump that gets a bit real before it’s over. Michael Shawn continues his love affair with caffeine, and cryptozoology investigator Daniel Jones shares thoughts and true stories about actual UFO incidents in the Lone Star state. Be sure and join our Free Range Texan podcast Episode 12, rolling out on February 3rd. P.S.: The rumors are true, A-Team PR’s Studio A seems to have been visited by alien life forms during the making of Episode 12 …. really!
Andy Wilkinson is one of our heroes. Singer, songwriter, cowboy poet, and author of a number of good reads. His body of work is very much about the roots of our podcast. He is one of the best examples of a true “Free Range Texan”. These days Andy is doing some great work with Texas Tech University, which he mentions on our podcast. Of course, we could not have Andy Wilkinson on the Free Range Texan without twistin his arm to play one of his original West Texas songs.
Andy Wilkinson’s latest novel, “Suprise, Texas”, is more than just a page turner. It is written with the heart and soul of a Texan about a slice of Texas culture that is real and tangible in the South Plains and Permian Basin areas of the Lone Star State. Our advice is to click and enjoy …
If the sun comes up in the morning and we are still unable to access our own Free Range Texan Facebook page, it will be day four of a discouraging experience. For the record, Mark Zuckerberg is not returning our calls.
So, in fact, there is a reason why things have been sort of quiet at the Free Range Texan Facebook page. Experience dictates that this too will all work out in time, and when it does, we’ll have a bunch of good postings waiting in line to appear. And yes, Michael Shawn is “fit to be tied”!
UPDATE: January 22, 2019 Thankfully our Facebook page is back under our control!