Michael Shawn’s Condition Improves … Details Below

We never really realized the time and the effort it would take to replace a producer like Michael Shawn, even temporarily.  That’s the thing.  We have not spent a lot of time looking for a Michael Shawn replacement because we had not imagined being without him.  Well, he is sitting up and speaking … well speaking anyway, and Free Range Texan is releasing the following statement concerning his condition.  Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Free Range Texan Episode 54

Gypsy Jayne’s New Album, “Roll Your Blues Away” Downloads For Free

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Gypsy Jayne is an energizing shot of pure passion … country, jazz, gospel and rock, and you’re just beginning to scratch the surface.  A soulful singer, somewhat reminiscent of artists such as Janis Joplin and Grace Slick.  While it’s all true, enough of the stuff that’s on her bio.

Free Range Talent File Gypsy JaneI first met Gypsy Jayne personally when we visited at our Studio on Episode 28.  I found her to be warm, friendly, genuine, and a lot of the things she is not once she steps on stage.  Don’t miss understand what I’m saying … I like her, yet I am amazed at how a stage performance or a recording studio booking brings out her pirate persona.  It’s a good thing … sitting in the audience you will be amazed.

Gypsy JaneWe like to think of Gypsy Jayne as a friend.  She is easy to like, and with the help of her writing partner, Mike Burk, she is doing some phenomenal and soulful recordings.  There are a lot of sides to Gypsy Jayne, but on her latest album she rocks!  and we’re pleased to debut it on the Free Range Texan.

Booking and contact information:  806-680-1326; gypsyjayne.com.

I think by and large she has been overlooked long enough.  That’s why she is our special guest on the Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 53.  Enjoy as she “Rolls Your Blues Away.”

Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 53

SugarCane Jane, Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Songwriters, recording artists, musicians, and entertainers … I’ve been talking to them, working around them, and interviewing them all of my life.  There are certain characteristics that they all have in common.  But once you get past all that, you find the real differences from one artist to the next.  Any person with the least bit of talent can carry on a conversation in an interview and manage to be pleasant for half an hour or so.  But you figure it out pretty quick, sometimes immediately and sometimes over time, what they are really all about.  You see, everybody wants to be a star, most have something to contribute, but it is a rare moment when you come across real professionals that make what I do a pleasure … folks like Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee, the main counterparts of SugarCane Jane.

Free Range Talent File SugarCane JaneThe Washington Times says, “an album that deserves to be at the top of the critics list.”  Vintage Guitar Magazine has written “one of the liveliest, most engaging, Americana CDs your likely to hear this or any year.” Anthony and Savana’s interview on our Podcast Free Range Talent File left me wondering why they had not been on our radar all along.

Anthony has played alongside such greats as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam, and now, thanks to a worldwide pandemic, two of the nicest and most professional people I have had the pleasure to visit with are spending a lot of time at home with their wonderful family.  Like so many others, they are figuring things out.

In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, I genuinely like Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee.  Their talented stage performances and inspired music writing are something I will watch for now and in the future. Their latest album, Ruffled Feathers:  Songs in the Key of Me  is just more of the great music that SugarCane Jane fans have come to expect from this great couple.

I am genuinely excited that the Free Range Texan Podcast has our spotlight centered on SugarCane Jane in Episode 52.  It is not to be missed.

Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 52

Gary Burk III Taxis for Take-Off in a Two Lane Airplane

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

I think if I were to choose one word to describe my initial conversation with Gary Burk III, the word would be “fresh”.  He’s one of those artists that is willing to think outside the box while struggling to play and record the music that he loves.

Free Range Talent File Gary Burk IIISo understand this, like so many other of our guests on Free Range Texan, I went through his professional management group (MTS … one of the best) and arranged to receive his music, promotional pictures, and biographic information, while setting up a time for our interview.  That means that when we talk for the first time, it is the first time we have ever actually met.  Not just anyone can be cordial, open and at ease in a first time meeting.  Gary Burk III aced it and shared not only his music, but his personal thoughts as well.

Gary Burk IIIBehind the scenes our production staff keeps a list … it’s just for us.  We call it “the ones to watch” list.  After visiting with Gary Burk III and hearing his music that he achieves in the studio, and finally watching the video presented here on our blog, Gary Burk III has clearly been added to our list of ones to watch.  We wish you all the best Gary and thank you for being on Episode 51 of our Free Range Texan Podcast.

Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 51

 

Kristen Karma Blazes On To the Free Range Texan

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

This time we reached out all the way to Toronto, Canada to find out about what our respected music business connections were telling us.  As Hank Sr. would say … Kristen Karma is setting the woods on fire!  Her song, Party Heros and follow-up release Dear John have all the right people talking about this new singer, songwriter, recording artist.

Free Range Talent File Kristen KarmaShe’s quite a bit more than the girl next door.  She started out by being a skilled producer in the recording studios, but quickly realized she was ready to step on the other side of the microphone.  She sings, she dances, she entertains, and is creating quite a name for herself.

Kristen KarmaI honestly found her to be genuinely likable, and she clearly knows her craft.  An interesting side note is when off the cuff I asked her if there was a special someone in her life, she quickly answered “yes”.  However, he’s never seen her perform (thank you Corona virus).

Kristen KarmaLike most performers nowadays, she has been forced to come in off the road.  But, she has spent this time recording a new album and sharpening her skills for a stage show that will definitely keep everyone entertained.  I didn’t ask her when she would be performing in Texas.  The sense that I get is that nobody knows when or where they are going to step on a stage anytime soon.  But I would never want to miss the opportunity to see/hear a performance from the electrifying Kristen Karma.  She’s one to watch!

Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 50

 

Podcast, Giants and Texas Rangers

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

At the Free Range Texan we always have a number of stories simmering on the back burner.  Projects that for one reason or another have not completely developed yet.  Episode 49 is where a number of plans came together.

A visit with Joe Taylor at Mount Blanco Fossil Museum is always a treat.  It is fair to say that generally Joe is unknown to so many people here at home while he is famously respected around the world for his paleontology and archaeological digs as well as working with a number of research teams on remarkable projects usually on things thousands of years old and dug up out of the ground.

Joe Taylor Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum
Joe Taylor

We visit with our old friend Roger Dykes, who was in his younger years quite the entertainer.  And we give you (our listeners) just a snippet of his new podcast.  It’s fun and it carries a message.

Roger Dykes
Roger Dykes

Michael Shawn’s Campfire has really been on a roll in 2020, getting longer and more elaborate.  The production value in the area of “theatre of the mind” has slowly continued to increase.  Producing the Campfire has become one of our favorite parts of the Free Range Texan project, and Episode 49 is no exception.  Enjoy!

Free Range Texan Episode 49

 

Free Range Texan Podcast of the Month

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

The times they are a changin’.  If you take a continually growing audience of a bi-weekly podcast and attempt to move their loyalties to a monthly podcast format, is it risky?  Well, the answer to your question would have to be “Yes”.  But less so if one were to understand what we, those of us working on the Free Range Texan, understand about the realities of meeting the production deadlines and producing creative content for a podcast as multi-faceted as ours.

Free Range Texan PodcastFirst, let’s look at the facts.  Producing the Free Range Texan is not free.  There are a number of people who have or do commit a significant part of their time, focus and funds to make the Free Range Texan roll out on time every two weeks.  I’m about to share something with you that I don’t normally talk openly about.  The truth is we have dozens of really great ideas, but when it gets down to implementing the production process, our production funds simply aren’t in the budget … and we find ourselves stepping back, drawing a breath, and finding something else to work on.  Sometimes it’s frustrating.

If a few weeks ago you would have told me that basically cutting the number of Free Range Texan episodes in half annually could be a good thing, I would just have bent over with a knot in my gut and walked away.  I mean really!  On the surface it would seem like somebody shot us with a torpedo.  But then, we began to think about our production process and asked some pretty important “what if” questions.

A-Team PR Production Studio AWhat if we had twice the production time and budget per podcast than what we are currently working with?  What if as a production team we no longer felt under the gun to find content, get it recorded and produced, and build an entirely new episode every two weeks?  In big-time network programming, each show has three to five production teams.  And like a deck of cards, the show’s episodes are dealt out to the team members so that each team has a number of weeks to complete their production by the time it airs.  We are not big-time network producers.  We have one team and we produce everything, on time.  So spending more time with a greater budget per episode started to look like a higher quality podcast with a higher quality life for its producers.

Michael ShawnThis is gonna be fun!  To our regular listeners, please forgive us for not knocking on your door with a brand new episode every other Thursday.  We still love our listeners alot!  And we promise to continue to bring everything that you expect from our Free Range Texan Podcast to you with a few more layers of icing on our cake.  We are genuinely excited about our new schedule as our last bi-weekly podcast rolls out Thursday, July 2nd.  And our new monthly podcast schedule begins on August 1st, 2020.

There is one more thing … We believe we have been remiss in not urging our podcast listeners to subscribe to our podcast.  We have always provided a direct player at FreeRangeTexan.net.  You can still accomplish listening to our podcast thru FreeRangeTexan.net … our web page gives you all of the biggest podcast players and/or our Free Range Texan YouTube Channel.  Either way, you can easily subscribe.  Without going into a large amount of detail, suffice to say our new schedule makes our subscription rate vital to our future.  Thanks for listening … FreeRangeTexan.net.

Jeremy Parsons New Music is Anything But A “Tragedy”

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

It happens often that I interview an artist and am struck by the fact that it’s a shame that they don’t give gold records just for being a really nice person.  Fortunately, Jeremy Parsons is a talented recording artist and stage performer, and it seems as though every time he walks out of a recording studio, his music is better and more polished than it even was before.

Free Range Talent File Jeremy ParsonsThere are lots of artists that I enjoy visiting with about their careers and music.  But a certain section of our readers will understand when I admit that I would go fishin’ with Jeremy Parsons.  High praise indeed from the desk of Michael Shawn at the Free Range Texan.

We are, however, disappointed that in this pandemic season Jeremy has not as of yet gotten the video for his popular song, “Tragedy” that he has just released.  If he had that completed, we would have posted it here on our blog.  We like Jeremy Parsons and really want to see great success in his future.  And, if you look at the numbers here and overseas, the song “Tragedy” appears to be making a great start in that direction.

Jeremy ParsonsJeremy Parsons, we wish you and your Dad all the best!  I find myself thinking that I am grateful that the two of you have this time together.  And we’re not just kidding around when we say that we’re already looking forward to having you back as our guest on the Free Range Texan.

Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 48 Jeremy Parsons

Songman Cary Banks

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

I grew up around the entertainment business in West Texas.  It seems like I have been aware of talented entertainer, songwriter, musician Cary Banks most of that time.  Among other things, he was playing a big part in that crisp, clean and distinctive sound that the Maines Brothers became wildly popular for while they made their run for national recognition.  We mentioned on our podcast interview that we would share a couple of his videos on our blog.

If you grew up in West Texas in the 70s and 80s, you feel like you grew up with Cary Banks.  Me, being a broadcast personality, and him a successful stage musician, it’s only natural that we would have been aware of each other off and on during the years.  However, it occurred to me as I sat down to do an interview with Cary Banks that unless my memory is slipping, I believe this is the first time that we have addressed each other directly and had a visit.

Free Range Texan Talent File Cary BanksI came away from that interview thinking “why the heck did we (Free Range Texan) wait so long to spotlight Cary Banks?”  I have respected him through the years as a songwriter and stage performer.  I really noticed him for the first time with the Maines Brothers.  I appreciate his time spent at South Plains College as a remarkable educator working with young entertainers,  and I’ve enjoyed him for years while he was writing songs and sharing them with the world.

Cary C. BanksSo here’s what I came away from our interview with … I will admit that my biggest regret is, while I have been acquainted with Cary Banks all of my professional life, I failed to sit down and visit with the man.  A friendship with a person like Cary Banks would have always been and is still today a valuable thing.  He’s a great guy and his talents … songwriting, stage performing … are completely intact and his songwriting may have even gotten better.  Some of us older guys will tell you that can happen with age.

Cary C. BanksWe at the Free Range Texan are so happy that Cary Banks spent a little of his still valuable time and agreed to be our guest on Episode 47.  And for those of you who may get a chance to spend a delightful evening with Cary Banks and his guitar, by all means go and enjoy.

Free Range Texan Episode 47

Stetson Walker is Welcome Any Time

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Kudos to Stetson Walker’s mom.  From one parent to another, you have really raised a fine young, well-mannered gentleman.  I know this not the way to kick off an intriguing opening paragraph which should lure you into reading the rest of this article, but … the point I am about to make is that my first impression was “this recording artist is really young”.  Then, you listen to his music and suddenly you are hearing a polished and mature singer that lands somewhere between Randy Travis and George Strait.  Wow! I was really impressed.

Free Range Texan Tile File Stetson WalkerSo, I guess I could go on and on about what a nice young man Stetson Walker seems to be.  But honestly, that is not his power.  Listen to him sing.  Hear what he is producing in the recording studio.  Observe his stage presence, and you begin to understand that Stetson Walker is a talent to be reckoned with in the County Music industry.  When we visited and talked about his mom singing background for Willie Nelson, I asked him what it was like growing up around those musicians.  He had a number of things to say, but the first thing he told me was, “if you can’t be Willie Nelson, you certainly want to be in his camp.”  The boy gets it.

Stetson WalkerWe promised on our Podcast that we would post his video on our blog.  Stetson talked with me continuously off mic and told me how much fun he had getting to be on set for this production.  I asked him if the girl in the video was really his girlfriend.  He said no, that she was just an actress brought in by the production company.  But then he grinned and said, “She was nice though.”

Stetson Walker is a welcome guest now in our Episode 46 of the Free Range Texan Podcast as well as in the future.  Stetson and I both hope you enjoy.

Stetson Walker