TUBES 'N TUNES On The Guadalupe

TUBES 'N TUNES On The Guadalupe

Mike and The Moonpies

Wanna be a Moonpie? Gig's easy. All you gotta do is step on, play three hours of true country music, and you're in like flint – in like the rest of these Texas boys who grew up emulating George Strait and Jimmy Dean. Mike & the Moonpies waltzed into these Texas dance halls about six years ago shilling true country music to two-steppers and tall drinkers nearly every single night of the week.
That's how things came to be for Catlin and Kyle and Zach, Preston, and Johnny: Step onto the stage and keep up with this country; these standards, and the songs that Mike's scripted. Make that old fellow dance and that young couple drink and that cute girl in the corner go on and set the world on fire.
Moonpies opened around Austin at the Broken Spoke and Hole in the Wall before running one of the most notorious weekly residencies in town on Thursdays at the White Horse. By then, the band had already bought a van, and they'd begun to hit the road. Now they average about a thousand miles every week, posting up around the cities and small towns in Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Two albums came to bear at various points in between: 2010's Real Country and 2012's The Hard Way, a modern take on the old goldens of country music turned towards the ones on the prowl for a real time that evening.
"It's just different from the rest of today's country," says Harmeier. "All the songs are pretty traditional swing songs, and nobody's really doing that today: popularizing traditional country music. You've got people who are doing it in Austin, but we're taking it on the road and showing it off, and showing the people what that sound's all about.
"We play dance halls that haven't had traditional country since the Eighties. We're bringing that back, and we're bringing it for three hours every night."

Thom Shepherd

Thom Shepherd is an Austin-based touring artist. His recent single "Simplify" was a top 10 on both the Texas Regional Radio Report and the Texas Music Chart.

Most people are first introduced to Thom by one of the long list of songs that he has written, but were recorded and released by other artists. He is the writer of the #1 singles "Redneck Yacht Club", recorded by Craig Morgan, and "Riding with Private Malone" recorded by David Ball. He wrote the #1 Josh Abbott and Pat Green single, "My Texas." Kevin Fowler recorded two of Thom's songs, taking "Beer Season" to #1 for three weeks and "Cheaper To Keep Her" to #3 on the Texas Music Chart. He also wrote the GMA Canada Song and Video of the Year "A Father's Love (The Only Way He Knew How)" and the title track of Tracy Lawrence's Grammy nominated album "The Rock".

In total Thom has had over 10 singles and had over ninety songs recorded by artists including Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Bucky Covington, George Jones, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Trailer Choir, Montgomery Gentry, Buddy Jewell, and Cledus T. Judd.

His music has taken him on 9 tours performing for our military in 17 different countries. "As songwriters, we have no idea how our songs are going to affect people," says Thom, "I met a soldier in Qatar who was on leave from Baghdad, and he told me he joined the military because of Private Malone. He asked me how that made me feel and I said "Responsible!" Then when we went to get our picture taken, he showed me the shattered LCD screen of his digital camera - shattered because it was in his shirt pocket behind his flack jacket when he took a round from an AK47. That camera saved his life. That is powerful stuff."

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent his high school and college years in Stephens City, Virginia. He is a graduate of George Mason University with a Film and television degree. He has written for 5 different music publishers in Nashville. He is a two time cancer survivor, a father of two, and co-owner of, a website that sells merchandise relating to the song and the boating lifestyle.



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