Stan Troy’s Coming and He’s Bringing “Panhandle Hell” With Him


Popular Texas Hill Country singer / songwriter Stan Troy has agreed to be part of the Free Range Texan Podcast Episode 6.

Stan TroyStan 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).

Stan Troy and the BandStan Troy's De Luxe CafeAt 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.

Roger Dykes – A Certain Kind of Hero


By Episode 3 we were still experimenting with our format, not to mention our remote digital recording gear, when we suddenly realized that a Hero was living right in front of us.  While I have known Roger since I was a young teenage radio announcer, and he owned and ran the best record store in the county, I feel as though I have for decades taken him for granted.

While he has lived his entire life with cerebral-palsy, his mind, his heart and his personality seemed to make ones brain overlook that he was confined to a wheelchair.  I am proud to say that he is my friend, and his Roger Dykesaccomplishments are to say the least impressive.  He occupies the lead position in our “Heroes and Heroines File”.

A longer more detailed version of the interview is available on the Free Range Texan YouTube Channel.  He still is working on behalf of cerebral-palsy sufferers throughout the United States.  As always, if you wish to communicate with Roger you’re welcome to contact him through

In Episode 5, Crypotozoology Investigator Daniel Jones


I met Daniel Jones at a two-day event in a room full of some of the most remarkable individuals I have been around for some time.  I interviewed Daniel for what I intended to be a short cut-away interview, and an hour later, my digital recorder was still rolling as we talked about scientific anomalies, metaphysics, paranormal phenomena, unknown creatures, and ancient mysteries.

Caniel JonesIt was not dull.  While he divides his time between teaching and operating the Vortexas Network, he managed to spend whatever time I required being interviewed for the Free Range Texan podcast.  The “Unexplained Files” segment that we rolled in Episode 5 was actually only a snippet of the information he shared with us.

In the coming weeks, we will reveal alot more about what Daniel Jones had to say.

Latest UFO Appearances on South Texas Highway


It was the first Sunday afternoon that I had chosen to sit at home with the wife and the dog falling asleep during one television show after another.  All of our Free Range Texan situations had been handled or at least could wait until Monday.  Then my cell phone rang.  It was a trusted acquaintance.  Let me apologize to you now for not having a note pad to write down highway numbers, time of day, etc.  I can probably get those in a follow up report.

The whole Free Range Texan network is new.  It has only been alive and breathing for a few weeks.  Yet, it already amazes me the people in the United States and beyond who are paying attention.  My phone conversation went something like this.  “Michael, there are other people that I could talk to, but you seem sincere.  My family and I have witnessed something that we can’t explain …. and I have pictures.”

I sat up on the couch.  Most guys with an audio only broadcast or podcast could care less about pictures.  But Free Range Texan has a well attended blog, designed to lend credibility to our podcast.  So I listened to his story.

I know this person and all of my dealings with him have led me to believe that he is not a seeker of public attention.  In fact, he would prefer to have little or none.  But I consider him a credible source.

He said he was driving along on a south Texas farm-to-market road, when what looked like a bright triangle appeared in the sky.

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Anyone who has grown up in West Texas has seen the sun reflecting on ice crystals at different times of the year, but this did look unique.  It’s what happened next that peeked our interest.  Whether or not the next instance is related to the bright triangle in the sky is unknown.  But I was told that the appearance of a blue orb seemed to drop out of the triangular shaped object in the sky.

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It was explained to me that the bright triangle immediately began to fade after the blue orb seemed to come from within it.   Even more interesting are the pictures posted below.  On close inspection, we noticed what appeared to be a series of smaller lights inside the blue orb.

Blue orb moves in skyBlue orb moves in the sky closeupHe told me it moved around slowly for a short time, and then took off over the horizon, faster than any man-made object he new of.  It is safe to say that our blue orb sighting is “Unexplained”.

Michael Shawn with a personal word … October 15, 2018



It is a rare moment.  It’s actually been a quiet sort of day.  Our Free Range Texan podcast’s first four episodes have garnered interesting and consistent responses from people in a number of countries.  And it’s to our listeners outside the United States that I would like to speak for a moment.  While it is true that I and the rest of the people responsible for our podcast, by and large live, work and thrive in the wide open spaces of West Texas, we are not, however, shielded from the reality that is the United States.

There is an angry spirit that has taken over our nation.   It cannot be confused with patriotism.  For a true patriot is first concerned about his country.  That statement does not refer to our nation’s government.  Instead, it refers to its people.  What is happening inside the United States is not healthy for any of us.  And to our friends around the world, we want you to know that at the Free Range Texan we are aware.

Recently, I heard a gentleman that I respect say, “If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all mankind.”  Speaking for a number of us here in West Texas, we want you to know that we are dedicated to remaining strong, but not necessarily strong to fight.  We feel called instead to be strong “to stand”.  The message here is, that while we come to work everyday with a grin on our face and work on, among other things, the Free Range Texan podcast, we like to think that it comes from the best place inside of us to the best places inside of you.  And maybe, just maybe, we can spend a half hour escaping the thunder and enjoying the peace.

Our podcast begins its biweekly episodes on Sunday, October 28th.  I’ll be checking in on the blog between now and then because there is truly some interesting stuff coming together and lining up for our next few episodes.  I’ll say this just one more time, “it’s gonna be fun.”

Michael Shawn’s FREE RANGE TEXAN Update – Oct. 13, 2018


The response to our Free Range Texan podcast has been a bit overwhelming. We feel humble and blessed. As of the writing of this post, Stitcher, Tune-in, Google Play, Spotify, and iTunes have all given us a position in their podcast lineups. Our YouTube Channel and Facebook have all just begun to tick. In the interest of full disclosure, I will have to admit that we have worked for months, days, nights, and weekends to see it all become live at once. That was our dream. Now to have it all well received is deeply appreciated.

We would like to point out that the Free Range Texan podcast is beginning as a bi-weekly. and starting on October 28th when Episode 5 will be released, we will be rolling out a new episode every other Sunday. All of that is subject to change in the future, but for now we see it as a plan we can live with. We know it is important to keep our programming fresh, interesting, and from time to time vital. That being said, while we deal with some interesting and/or disturbing issues, we always want to find a place to regain our sense of humor and have a warm visit.

For those of you who become regular Free Range Texan podcast subscribers, we would love to point out our website’s store.  Great gift ideas!  We will be adding a line up of most excellent stuff as the days go by.  Ooops … did I really just say “GO BUY”.  When you purchase any items at our store, it helps support our Free Range Texan podcast Prime examples:




Big Foot Family in Texas Forest


We interviewed Glen Gerard in Episode 4. He told us about communicating for a number of years with a Sasquatch family in the forest just north of Houston, Texas. Glen appears where these instances continually take place. Glen Gerard (black T-shirt) is seen standing next to his friend, Carl. We expect considerable follow-up on our “Unexplained File” investigation.

Follow-up  October 17, 2018:

I want to make sure that everyone reading this blog post understands that my lifetime of experience tells me that when it comes to Glen Gerard, what you see is what you get.  I mention that now because I’m certain it will occur to some people that the following pictures could be staged.  Please bear in mind that Glen was introduced to me by a very trusted source.  All of my instincts tell me this story is real.

Sasquatch tree marking

Above is a tree marked five feet higher than this full grown male.  And below is an example of the tree arches created from pulling trees over and securing them down.  This phenomena is seen in wooded areas known to be inhabited by Big Foot creatures throughout the United States.

Big Foot tree arch

Sasquatch nest

Glen tells me that the above photo is a nest area.  All of these pictures were taken in the last few days in the forest just north of Houston, Texas.

Sasquatch Juvenile print

Sasquatch juvenile print

Glen and I were recently discussing that sometimes the Sasquatch family is open to visitation and, for whatever reasons, sometimes they are not.  Glen states that a swift rock can come through the trees and smack hard into the tree next to you about head high.  Glen takes that to mean that on that particular night, he is not welcome.  But just since we had that conversation, Glen took his teenage nephew with him, and it is believed that the Sasquatch juvenile sent a swift rock into the check of the juvenile with Glen.

Sasquatch throws rock

It is clear that this particular Free Range Texan Unexplained File is taking on a life of its own.