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

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.

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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