She’s Known as the Bigfoot Lady

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Harriett McFeely, from the  Bigfoot Crossroads of America Museum and Research Center, has kindly consented to be our guest on Episode 24 of our Free Range Texan Podcast.

There is a reason why she is known nationally as “The Bigfoot Lady”.  Her experiences and research put her among the top individuals in the United States to reference concerning Sasquatch sightings.

Harriett McFeelyHarriett McFeely reveals an unending testimony concerning the reality of Bigfoot creatures on American soil.  She reveals a number of the latest encounters with Bigfoot in the Nebraska area.

Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 24Episode 24’s campfire segment is a touching revelation into my personal past as I tell about a dear old friend by the name of Ben Faulkner.  Michael Shawn’s Campfire visit goes to a more personal level than we have experienced since the beginning of the Free Range Texan Podcast.  Episode 24 is not to be missed, releasing Thursday evening, July 18, 2019 worldwide.

Jordan Robert Kirk Headlines Episode 23 of the Free Range Texan Podcast

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

This is a true story, and it happened just this way.  I got a phone call from my old friend Kidd Manning, a popular broadcaster in our West Texas area.  I’ve always respected Kidd’s handle on the Texas Music scene, so I mentioned to him that like always, we were looking for Texan singer / songwriters for our Free Range Talent file segments.  Kidd did not bat an eye.  He said, “I’ve got someone for you, and this kid is going to blow you away.”

Free Range Talent File Jordan Robert KifkHe told me about Jordan Robert Kirk and I was a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t know about this new talent.  Kidd Manning put this fresh, young singer in touch with us and when I heard his music and visited with him on the phone for a little while, we moved on this guy immediately.

Free Range Talent File Jordan Robert KirkHe is a young fourth generation farmer living out around Idalou, Texas.  He received a degree in Engineering at Texas Tech, but has decided to make music his career.  That is … when his dad lets him off the tractor.

Free Range Talent File Jordan Robert KirkIn all honesty, first I will tell you that  he has a tremendous attitude, but beyond that, his talent  knocks us down!  He writes great music  and when he starts to sing, it sounds like he should be on the stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  Jordan Robert Kirk is one of the best examples of why we created the Free Range Talent file.

Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 23Episode 23 of our Podcast, released a day early on the evening of Wednesday, July 3rd, is not to be missed.  Our prediction is Jordan Robert Kirk is going places, and a lot of you will have heard him here first.

 

Stan Troy Has Been Walking on Holy Ground

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

The concept of promoting a video on a podcast is not one that has been embraced by the podcast community.  The Free Range Texan network, however, combines its resources to bring you Stan Troy’s new video on our Free Range Texan YouTube Channel.  At the same time, Stan has pleased our producers by making his video entitled, “Holy Ground”, available for what is nothing less than a podcast premier as a guest on our program rolling out the evening of June 20th.

FStan Troy’s recently released album from 2018, DeLux Cafe, featured a song titled, “Holy Ground”.  Few people realized at first that he wrote the song about the ranch that he and his wife, Vicky, live on.  It is a remarkable place.

We have been waiting for the release of Stan’s “Holy Ground” video so that he could be a guest back on our podcast.  Stan Troy is one of the best examples of not only a traditional Texas Hill Country singer – songwriter, but make no mistake about it, beyond that he is a great friend and one of the best examples of a “Free Range Texan.”

Free Range Talent Stan TroyWelcome back Stan!  You’ve always got a home here on the Free Range Texan Podcast.

Episode 22 Free Range Texan Podcast Stan TroyStan Troy’s DeLux Cafe album is available in our Free Range Texan House of Treasures.  Additionally, below we’re anxious for you to get a sneak peak of Stan’s new video “Holy Ground”.

Bob Wills Bus … Or Not

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

If you’ve been to Turkey, Texas, I’m sure you will agree that it is a town full of friendly people, and there could be no better place in the U.S.A. to host the annual Bob Wills Day Festival.  Western Swing artists from all over the southwest converge for a couple of days of family friendly, boot scootin’, genuine Texas music.  In the midst of all of it, I happen to find Buck and Rhoda Coghlan from Scottsdale, Arizona.  They have single-handedly refurbished buildings and brought what appears to be Bob Wills Bus to be on permanent display in Turkey, Texas.

Buck and Rhoda Coghlin
Buck and Rhoda Coghlin
Turkey, Texas Gas Station
Turkey, Texas Gas Station
Turkey, Texas Phillips 66 sign
Turkey, Texas Phillips 66 sign
Turkey, Texas Bob Wills Bus
Turkey, Texas Bob Wills Bus

The story behind the bus parked in Turkey is to say the least, interesting, and Buck and Rhoda have earned a place in the on-going stories about the life and times of Bob Wills.  Everyone in Turkey, Texas, appears to agree.   One more thing — we at the Free Range Texan Podcast would like to apologize for the West Texas wind.  Our state of the art digital recording microphones still do not handle it well.  We will endeavor to overcome this situation in the future …. enjoy!

Thank you John Sanders for being there on the scene and shooting some great photographs.

Free Range Texan Episode 21

 

 

 

One of the Best Free Range Texans I Ever Knew

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

My daughter, Mariah, graduated from Texas Tech with a Masters Degree in Chemistry. My son, Cody, graduated from Texas Tech and got his Masters in Athletic Training at Arkansas University. I, however, took a different path. I grabbed my high school diploma and set out to conquer the world for better or for worse. I did graduate with my master’s but I chose a different route.

The picture below was the Dean and Chief Professor of a large portion of my master’s degree. For me, going to class meant riding number two on a line-up of off road motorcycles following, watching, and observing Ben Faulkner. I learned more about different cultures, barely explored wildernesses, and general life lessons as a young adult than anyone can possibly imagine. Ben Faulkner, while being approximately 15 years older, was destined to be one of the best life-long friends that a young “wildling” could ever have.

The stories of his adventures could fill a book. He taught me that life is often like riding in the desert … be ready for anything and never go over the top of a bluff without first stopping to look. My life long love affair with the Big Bend and the Chihuahuan desert now includes knowing that I will never be able to open my eyes and see that sunrise and feel that special place without my thoughts being full of my big brother, Ben Faulkner.

Memorial Day at 7:15 a.m. Ben rode into those pearly gates without me, but I can just see the grin on his face. I know he left me here to break camp, cause like so many others of late, I expect we’ll be meeting up again across the river. Adios Uncle Ben! Enjoy the ride!

Ben and Dona Faulkner

Mount Blanco Museum Sends Its Top Researcher to Talk with Michael Shawn

Back in the very beginning of our podcast we promoted for several episodes that we wanted to begin to discuss the concept of real live giants living on earth.  I know what you’re thinking.  Giants are mostly a part of myths and fairy tales.  However, our research has shown a different result.

Joe Taylor is a world renowned archaeological dig expert and he has personally witnessed proof of the existence of giants on earth.

Free Range Texan Episode 20 Giants

Free Range Talent Boost

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Those people at A-Team PR have done it again, and when you think about it, it’s natural that this would happen.  A-Team PR can be described in a number of ways … researchers, strategic media planners, producers … but make no mistake about it, embedded inside their camp is a pack of wild and crazy promoters.  Don’t worry because this can be a good thing.  They have been watching the talented individuals roll through our Free Range Talent File on our Podcast.  Finally, they took me aside, set me down, fed me chili, and explained that they had an idea.  They called it “The Free Range Talent Boost”.   Honestly friends, it is one of the most ingenious and inexpensive ways to affect thousands of targeted people with your music, writing skills, or various talents.  I turned around and showed it to some friends of mine in the recording / broadcasting industry and they all basically responded by saying, “Holy heck Michael!  This is a great system for promoting talent.”  So, we got busy and rolled it out.

Free Range Talent Boost

Talk Back, Tell Us What You Think, Submit Your Ideas

Our Free Range Texan Podcast is growing by leaps and bounds.  It is, however, a mixed blessing.  Our production staff and behind the scenes crew, not to mention the resources and creative services of A-Team PR, continually get stretched thin with a growing number of details.  They tell me these are the type of problems that people in our business get down on their knees and pray for.  Well, consider our prayers answered!  We are thankful.  But find ourselves looking at a growing number of complications that we struggle to keep simple for everyone (including our staff).

Anyone who produces a podcast will tell you that one of the major challenges is to maintain a continual flow of “content”.  We are so grateful to so many of you who have shared information and great stories with our Free Range Texan podcast.  And in case there were any questions about how to plug in with almost any portion of our production team, we have narrowed it all down to one door, making it simple and quick, and assigned reliable Free Range Texans to pay attention and help us stay responsive.  Thanks a million y’all.  We like it when our listeners step up.

Three to Four Million People in the Johannesburg, South African Area Can’t be All Wrong

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

The one thing that most of them have in common is appreciating the talent of Joanne Cooper.  If you have a file in your mind for artists such as Judy Collins, John Denver, and Joan Baez, make room for another file entitled the recordings of Joanne Cooper.

We spoke with her for a time, but it was one of those interviews that after enjoying my visit with her immensely, I also was left with the nagging feeling that we had not even begun to scratch the surface on the talents and writings of this artist.  I will share this though, she is a delightful interview, and would be a perfect guest for a Saturday evening dinner party at your home.

Free Range Talent File Joanne CooperI first became aware of Joanne Cooper through an old friend, John Sanders, who owns Deep Creek Sound nearby here in West Texas.  John shared with me about this female recording artist he had discovered in South Africa, and thought that she would make a great guest on our Free Range Texan Podcast.  I figured it was a long shot.  The time differences alone created some challenges.  But some artists are easier than others to work with, and Joanne Cooper seemed happy to make herself immediately available to our podcast.

Free Range Talent File Joanne CooperLike all of the guests that we interviewed, we first do our homework, and the more we found out, the more remarkable we realized this talented singer, songwriter from South Africa really was.  While everyone in that part of the world seemed to know here name, she as yet has been flying under our radar, but no more.

Free Range Talent File Joanne CooperOne of the great things about working on the Free Range Texan Podcast is that we are not beholding to a bunch of network affiliates, record promoters and producers, or broadcast conglomerates.  Instead we are privately owned and produced, and can step quickly outside the box doing interviews like Joanne Cooper.

Free Range Talent File Episode 19 Joanne CooperJust FYI, some of her offerings include her music  and her on-line courses.  Joanne Cooper’s interview and other good Free Range Texan stuff can easily be accessed on Episode 19 of our Free Range Texan Podcast.  Enjoy!  Menu

Jenni Dale Lord – A Talented Free Range Texan

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

I’ve been hosting the Free Range Texan long enough to begin to notice a pattern in our talent interviews.  The one thing that they all have in common is that they are people that are passionate about what they do, and I find a number of things that are easy to respect in each individual artist that I get to visit with.  Jenni Dale Lord is one of the best examples of a seasoned professional that passionately writes, sings and records music from the heart, coming straight out of West Texas.

Jenni Dale LordI never take for granted that an artist who has spent a number of years traveling on the road, writing and recording their own music, and playing in front of enough people to have built a remarkable fan base throughout different parts of the United States, can sometimes be slow to warmly open up and embrace an interview with a person she has never met before.  Yet, there is that quality that instantly makes you feel like you’re visiting with your little sister whom you have tremendous respect for … such is Jenni Dale Lord.

Jenni Dale LordIt is these same qualities that make her a great songwriter and allows her to sing on stage in a way that tugs at your heart strings, causes you to sympathize or empathize immediately, and always leaves you wanting more.  The Free Range Texan Podcast and our Free Range Talent File is proud to not only have Jenni Dale Lord as a guest, more importantly, we got her to sing for us!

Free Range Talent File Jenni Dale LordEpisode 18 begins rolling Friday night, April 26th.  Jenni Dale Lord’s music is available in our Free Range Texan House of Treasures, and if you haven’t heard her sing, go ahead and enjoy her on Episode 18.