Stan Troy’s De Lux Cafe Now Available

MenuWe 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.

Stan Troy's De Luxe CafeWe are glad to tell you that his music is now available for download.  Click the album cover above and enjoy!

The Lights Burn Dim at Los Rancho Mucho Broke-o

MenuIt was approximately 1975.  It was after dark in the Terlingua desert on a ranch called Villa de La Mina.  I stood with a friend by a lone campfire under a canopy of breathtaking stars.  It was a cool evening as nights in the desert often are.  And the blanket of silence that the Big Bend wilderness is known for lain all around us.

Desert sky at nightThen in the distance, back down the long dirt road that lead in to our camp, we heard the throaty rumble of what sounded like an armored division throwing dust and rocks.  Then what turned out to be five or six trucks pulling trailers laden with equipment enough to build a small town roared past us and pulled into the rocks and cactus just beyond where we stood.  One of the trucks had already blown its transmission and was being pulled by chain onto the two trucks in front of it.

This intrepid group of chili cooks / demolition experts / oilfield roughnecks had roared into my life and began a four decades long kinship that would teach me a lot about what I know concerning friendship and brotherhood.  There is no reason in the world why they should have adopted me into their family, but they did.  One of the more colorful characters among them, and believe me … they were all colorful, was Vietnam Veteran Dave McCarter and his wife at the time, Deb.  Fast forward to 2018.  Life happened to all of us.  When I hit a number of low points, like being hospitalized and non-ambulatory for a number of months, I could always count on the fact that Dave would be the first one to call.  I never knew him not to be repeating the same phrase over and over throughout the years.  Whenever we would part company, he would take my hand and hold it to his heart, look me in the eye, and say, “Any time, any place, any where.”  I never knew Dave McCarter to fail to make good on that promise.

Terlingua cemeteryI got a call this afternoon from his son, Zack, who said, “They found Dave doing what he did best … He was at home, at his family homestead outside of Snyder, Texas, in his barcalounger, watching Gunsmoke.  He went peacefully.”  I can never think of those times back down the way in God’s most beautiful wilderness and not think of Dave ….. Any time, any place, any where Brother Dave ….. Adios.

Recorded Sasquatch Audio


Glen Gerard was very clear when I interviewed him.  He is not a Sasquatch hunter.  Instead it would be more correct to label him as one who has for over a decade been heavily involved in studying the habits of Texas’ Big Foot creatures.  We here at Free Range Texan have spent enough time with Glen to consider him a reliable and trusted source of information.

This week, I received an e-mail from Glen that contained a remarkable recording.  When it comes to Big Foot evidence, we are always looking for clearer pictures and more distinct recorded sounds.  This recording occurred in the forest north of Houston, Texas.  Turn up your speakers.

As always, we wish it was clearer and more distinct.  But nonetheless, you can hear three distinct Sasquatch whoops.  We feel certain that Glen Gerard has enough experience to recognize actual Sasquatch communicative sounds, and he and the people with him at the time are in complete agreement.  They captured actual Big Foot sounds.

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”.