Holy Smoke, Who Knew He Could Sing

Imagine how we were all amazed when in midstream on Episode 17, he turns into a Blues Singer (term used loosely).  Well … the only one we had at the moment anyway.  We haven’t said much to Michael Shawn about the entire affair, we don’t want him to start acting like “talent”, getting sensitive and all.  Episode 17 begins a season of premier announcements for things to come on our Free Range Texan podcast.  Word on the street is the Free Range Texan network is looking for a new roving reporter personality.  We’re certain Michael Shawn will shine more light on this subject soon.

Our Special Guest Derek Bohl

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

Friends, I have been around the music and entertainment business longer than I care to publish.  I have rubbed shoulders with singers, songwriters and/or recording artists since I was a young teenager.  It is safe to say that I have a sense for entertainers.  There is not a lot that they can tell me about professional musicians on the road that I have not actually seen or experienced.

Here’s why I’m telling you this.  Because when I say that Derek Bohl is not only talented and a really good writer, singer and recording artist, but he is genuinely a breath of fresh air and redeems my faith in the future of today’s recording industry.

Episode 16 Derek BohlThere is probably forty years between our ages, but I will tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Derek at his studio.  This is an interview that I think you will enjoy as well.  It should come as no surprise that I highly recommend Episode 16 of our Free Range Texan podcast.  Oh, yes, and one more thing … I have found myself enjoying his tune “Meet Me In The Middle” over and over in our Studio or just in my head during the day.  I think you’ll like it.Menu

Who Knew Michael Shawn Could Dance?

Episode 15 of our Free Range Texan Podcast openly admits the existence of a canine super hero heretofore left in the background of our production.  Apparently there is no longer any keeping of “Foxy the Wonder Dog” a secret.

Big thanks to Daniel Jones for bringing us up to date.  We freely admit that technical problems occurred with Daniel’s interview and there are parts of the podcast on that account that require you to listen harder because Daniel was on the road and away from any of our digital recording devices.  Honestly, folks we will take steps to improve all of that in the future.

We left Michael Shawn alone to create his campfire segment, and when that happens you can count on the fact that his heart for Texas generally takes over the conversation.  Thank you Michael …. good info.

Free Range Texan Episode 15Oh, yes, and the last thing we want to mention is that this is the first of our podcasts that our host actually opened and closed the show break dancing for our audience … Is there no end to Michael Shawn’s talent?  If you haven’t heard Episode 15, we suggest you climb aboard.

 

Foxy The Wonder Dog

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

I have a bone to pick with this critter that follows me around.  This week at the Free Range Texan website, coming in on our info@freerangetexan.net e-mail address, Foxy the Wonder Dog, after a brief appearance on our podcast, got a higher number of listener responses than I did!  That’s right, fellow Free Rangers, I have been outdone by my german shepherd shadow.  It has also been suggested by more than just a few, that we put up a picture or two or three of this sensational sidekick, loving referred to as Foxy.  She is a little over two years old and she has followed me around since she was a little ball of fur.

Foxy the Wonder DogStarting with the early days, it would be fair to say that she was equally never dull and not exactly well-mannered.  She had a tremendously hard time distinguishing between her dog food bowl and my sandwich.

Foxy the Wonder DobAs the weeks and months rolled by, she began to act less like an out-of-control puppy, too cute for her own good, and more like the sharp, better mannered watch dog that we knew she could become.  But, not before she managed to chew her way through more than one of the closets in our home.

Foxy the Wonder DogAnd while the jury was out for a time, it’s pretty unanimous now around our outfit that Foxy the Wonder Dog is now a permanent member of the family.  Wondering when we’re going to eat next, enjoying attention, and being insatiably curious about anything new, I would say she fits right in.

Foxy the Wonder Dob

Tim McKenzie Lends His Talent to Our Podcast

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

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.

Free Range Texan Episode 14I 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.

Tim McKenzie

Tim McKenzie

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.”

Tim McKenzieWithout 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.

Baxter Barret Brown's Cowboy BandEpisode 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”.Menu

Fascination for the Freeway

Michael Shawn
Michael Shawn

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.

Warhorse BandLonny 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.

A-Team PR’s Studio A Gains Notoriety

People who are successful in the public relations industry agree that a good agency operates seamlessly behind the scenes working on their client’s behalf.  While the owners and creative personnel at A-Team PR have operated in media and public relations for decades, A-Team PR itself is a brand new public relations and strategic media planning business that in many ways has rewritten the operations manual for today’s advertising companies.  In today’s new world of marketing and imaging clients’ businesses, newly formed and elegant ways of promotion are changing the industry with more efficient processes.  All of this leads to better production, better creativity, better market research, and more bang for the buck for clients.  It is a new and exciting world, and podcasting is the new step-child wave that summits the mountain that is today’s entertainment / information explosion.  Traditional media is pounding the pavement hard to keep up.

 

Free Range Texan Episode 13

Episode 13: Unveiling the Chupacabra

We told you the very first day of our podcast that we would tackle the entire Chupacabra story.  Now, we have found one of our contacts who not only helps us uncover the actual details of the Chupacabra’s biological makeup, but has even possessed for a year an actual Chupacabra for the purpose of detailed study and mounting it so that thousands of people around the world can see an actual Chupacabra right before their eyes.

ChupacabraWe interviewed another original Free Range Texan, Joe Taylor at Mount Blanco Fossil Museum, and he shared many of the things that he found out about this creature.  He also discovered where the Chupacabra originates from.  We think it is safe to say that the ill-tempered and dangerously unpredictable marauding beast is not in line to be domesticated anytime soon.

ChupacabraThank you Joe Taylor for sharing this remarkable true-life story about the Chupacabra in these pictures.  At Free Range Texan “Unexplained Files” we are continually working to track down the strange tales and true-life events which quite often are not easily explained.  Menu

We’ll Make Ya Famous!

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.

Free Range Texan talent fileHere’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.Menu

Cowboy Coffee and UFOs … Just Another Day At The Office for Michael Shawn

Episode 12 starts out with a fantasy parachute jump that gets a bit real before it’s over.  Michael Shawn continues his love affair with caffeine, and cryptozoology investigator Daniel Jones shares thoughts and true stories about actual UFO incidents in the Lone Star state.  Be sure and join our Free Range Texan podcast Episode 12, rolling out on February 3rd.  P.S.:  The rumors are true,  A-Team PR’s Studio A seems to have been visited by alien life forms during the making of Episode 12 …. really!