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.

Free Range Texan Episode 21

 

 

 

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

Mount Blanco Museum Sends Its Top Researcher to Talk with Michael Shawn

Back in the very beginning of our podcast we promoted for several episodes that we wanted to begin to discuss the concept of real live giants living on earth.  I know what you’re thinking.  Giants are mostly a part of myths and fairy tales.  However, our research has shown a different result.

Joe Taylor is a world renowned archaeological dig expert and he has personally witnessed proof of the existence of giants on earth.

Free Range Texan Episode 20 Giants

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

Talk Back, Tell Us What You Think, Submit Your Ideas

Our Free Range Texan Podcast is growing by leaps and bounds.  It is, however, a mixed blessing.  Our production staff and behind the scenes crew, not to mention the resources and creative services of A-Team PR, continually get stretched thin with a growing number of details.  They tell me these are the type of problems that people in our business get down on their knees and pray for.  Well, consider our prayers answered!  We are thankful.  But find ourselves looking at a growing number of complications that we struggle to keep simple for everyone (including our staff).

Anyone who produces a podcast will tell you that one of the major challenges is to maintain a continual flow of “content”.  We are so grateful to so many of you who have shared information and great stories with our Free Range Texan podcast.  And in case there were any questions about how to plug in with almost any portion of our production team, we have narrowed it all down to one door, making it simple and quick, and assigned reliable Free Range Texans to pay attention and help us stay responsive.  Thanks a million y’all.  We like it when our listeners step up.

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.

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.