A Visit With Gypsy Jayne

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Truth is, I can tell you honestly, that with some artists the host and his editor work hard to make sure that our guest is comfortable and we end up with a listenable interview.  It’s our job.  But I should also, in the interest of full disclosure, tell you that there are those artists that sitting down and having a cup of coffee in our studios is immediately like visiting with an old friend.

Free Range Talent Gypsy JayneGypsy Jayne has that quality.  Although we had talked on the phone briefly, when we met and shook hands, it was our first face-to-face meeting.  By the time we sat comfortably and did our interview, and then walked out back and sat under some trees and visited for a while longer, I told her that today I felt like I had made a new friend.  She is the type of person that puts on very little if any airs, and you never would guess that she is a well-received singer and songwriter here in West Texas.

Free Range Talent Gypsy JayneBut as I continue to tell the truth, I will tell you that when she steps up on stage with her three piece band and begins to sing a form of what I call “Texas Soul Music”, she becomes not only a powerful singer but a remarkable musician with her guitar.  Her most current album was actually done a couple of years ago with some great tunes.  It has a hidden gem in the very last cut.  We play that cut on our Podcast, and we think it reveals a lot about the real Gypsy Jayne.

Free Range Talent Gypsy JayneOur special guest Gypsy Jayne, occurs in Episode 28 of the Free Range Texan Podcast and is revealed Thursday, September 12th at sundown.  We enjoyed our time spent with Gypsy Jayne, and believe our listeners will as well.  Gypsy Jayne’s music is available in the Free Range Texan House of Treasurers and she gives a website for her booking information in our interview.  Thank you Gypsy Jayne … we definitely want you to come back.

 

Meet The Mallories

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

The Mallories are a good example of how things work here on our podcast.  They contacted us through info@FreeRangeTexan.net, submitted themselves, sent pictures and music, and botta-bing, botta-boom …. they’re on Episode 27 of the Free Range Texan Podcast.

It is really a treat to work with people just starting out in the music biz.  Their fresh attitudes and warm and friendly natures make our interview fun.

Free Range Talent The MalloriesBut all of that is followed up by perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle … THEY CAN SING!!!  They are just beginning to write and record their own music, and they are quick to tell you that their Dad, Shaun Mallory, is their manager and booking agent.

It all creates a sweet package.  Lovable to listen to and fun to watch.  We are proud to present The Mallories from Arlington, Texas, stepping onto our podcast stage in Episode 27.  A delightful interview and a song worth listening to written about their mother.  We mentioned their video in our interview and wanted everyone to be able to see it here, including the message at the end.

Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 27 rolls out Thursday evening, August 29, 2019.

Free Range Talent File The Mallories

 

Jerrod Medulla … Wild and Crazy Guy

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Let me be perfectly clear … I have been around the entertainment business since I was 13 years old, and I have never once in my entire life, ever, signed up for anyone’s fan club.  News Flash ! ! !  Where do I sign up?  I’ll just admit it my friends … I am a Jerrod Medulla fan!

Free Range Talent File Jerrod MedullaIf it sounds like I was having fun when I interviewed Jerrod Medulla, it is because I was.  Jerrod has recently been working with some of the top producers, not just in Texas, but in the USA.  A few months ago, he held the Number One spot in the Texas Regional Radio Music Chart with his release of “Unbroken Horses”.

Free Range Talent File Jerrod MedullaThanks to Kidd Manning, Jerrod Medulla agreed to be our guest on Episode 26 on the Free Range Texan Podcast.  In our podcast interview, we roll with Jerrod’s latest release to broadcast radio stations.  However, in that interview we talked about one of his videos entitled, “Wolf Howl”.  I agreed that we would play the video here on our blog.  And so … we will.

Jerrod is a part of our Free Range Talent file that we hope will return again and again. Episode 26 will release Thursday evening, August 15th.

Free Range Talent File features Jerrod Medulla

 

Kidd Manning, our Free Range Texan Musicologist

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

I know what you’re thinking … you’ve heard of Kidd Manning, especially if you’re in the entertainment business or involved in the Texas Music scene.  You know that he can be funny, witty and knows a heck of a lot about the recording industry.  He is a lifetime broadcaster in too many places to mention, and while his name is known on the West Coast, in Arizona, and in Colorado, he is best loved at home in West Texas.

But … what is a Musicologist you ask.  It is a person that is remarkably well versed in the artists and songwriters of our land and particularly adept at recording artists’ history.  In other words, in a business that is all about who you know, Kidd Manning knows just about everybody, and most everybody will admit to knowing him.  I like him, and I think people who are interested in our Free Range Talent File will learn to appreciate Kidd’s input.  Welcome aboard the Free Range Texan Network Kidd Manning.

Oklahoma Kids Doing Fine in the Lone Star State

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Refreshing is the word that best describes my visit with Ragland. My  visit with Autumn Ragland and Sam Cox, who are the primary fixtures of a band called “Ragland”, was a delightful experience.  Their music is refreshing, and Autumn sings with sort of an Emmy Lou Harris feel.

Free Range Talent File Features RaglandRagland’s music seems exceptionally well produced, and their recently released song, “Footsteps”, is featured on Episode 25 of our Free Range Texan podcast.Free Range Talent File Features Ragland

Our Free Range Texan House of Treasures is pleased to be providing their music, and we are told that they are about to go back in the studio and begin production on an all new project.  They are not only talented, but carry a clean and sincere desire to make music for their growing number of fans throughout the mid-west.  We enjoyed getting to know these new faces in our industry and wish them every success.

Free Range Texan Episode 25

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”.

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

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.