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The New Slang Podcast: Episode 030 Mike Harmeier of Mike & The Moonpies

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

Mike Harmeier–lead vocalist for Austin’s leading honky-tonk country storytellers Mike & The Moonpies–returns to the New Slang Podcast this week. After a hearty soundcheck, the country crooning Harmeier stepped back into the makeshift pool room studio at The Blue Light for a lengthy conversation that included pit stops on side-of-the-road attractions in Texas, the highs and lows of Far West Texas (including crime, the underwhelming Marfa Lights, why national touring acts stop in the region, etc), why booking a railroad tour would be awesome, the differences in Terry Allen and Robert Earl Keen’s versions of “Amarillo Highway,” the pop sensibilities of Prince and Michael Jackson, why HGTV’s Fixer Upper works while Flip or Flop doesn’t, reality television, and our favorite hour-long TV dramas of the last 15 years.

Mike & The Moonpies are hot off releasing Live at WinStar World Casino & Resport, a double-disc live affair where the six-piece runs through a vintage Moonpies set, circa 2016. At 23 songs long, they have plenty of room to stretch out and visit the highlights of their three studio albums and debut EP–along with honky-tonk classics like “Amos Moses,” “Pick Up the Tempo,” and “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance.”

Find Mike & The Moonpies’ latest live album, Live at WinStar World Casino & Resort here. Like Mike & The Moonpies on Facebook here. Follow him on Twitter here.

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The New Slang Podcast: Episode 026 Mike Harmeier of Mike & The Moonpies

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

On Episode 26, we catch up with Mike Harmeier, lead vocalist and chief songwriter in Austin’s honky-tonk revivalists Mike & The Moonpies. With stellar albums like The Real Country, The Hard Way, and their latest, Mockingbird, the six-piece country band has been one of the leading forces in preserving honky-tonk and classic country within Austin and Texas at large. We caught up with Harmeier while in Lubbock a few Fridays back–specifically between playing a spur of the moment tailgate party at Texas Tech University and Blue Light that night. On this episode, we talk about the core of Austin honky-tonk bands, the closing of large dancehalls in Texas, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, floating Texas rivers, an upcoming live album recorded at WinStar World Casino, and writing for The Moonpies upcoming studio album.