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.
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.
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 …
We have waited, all the while knowing that Stan Troy’s De Lux Cafe would be a gift that up until now was a hard thing to find. Stan is featured in our”Free Range Talent File” in Episode 6 of our podcast.
We are glad to tell you that his music is now available for download. Click the album cover above and enjoy!
Stan has just released his latest album “De Lux Cafe” and honestly friends, it is a toe-tapper. Stan has written and recorded a true Texas music treasure, containing a song he wrote about the wild fires last year in the Texas Panhandle. He titled it, “Panhandle Hell”. In the interest of full disclosure, I will confess that Stan Troy and I were in Boy Scouts together, and his father, John Troy, was our Scout Master (yes, Free Range friends, Michael Shawn was a Boy Scout).
At the time of this posting, “De Lux Cafe” is so hot off the presses that it is not yet available for public downloads. However, it will be soon and we will update you.
We are really looking forward to having Stan Troy and his song about the tragic prairie fires that recently occurred in the Texas Panhandle on our podcast.