Country Music's Dead

By Audily

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Country Music’s Dead examines historical folklore, high crime in the western plains, crooked lawmen, moonshiners and grifters from Texas to Appalachia with some of our favorite songwriters and troubadours from Americana, Folk, Red Dirt and beyond.

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Lead Belly's Golden Ticket with Justin Wells
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Jan 18, 2023
The Texas Robinhood with Mike and the Moonpies
01:35:25

Calling all cowpunks and railbirds to shut up and pay attention, you don't want to miss Mike Harmeier from Mike and the Moonpies tell great stories from where he was raised, while Host Matt Wells tells stories about the legendary Sam Bass (The Texas Robinhood) and not too ironically, but somewhat, both Sam and Mike are from the same hometown, Liberty Hill, Texas.

The infamous Heist Man, gambler Racer Cow Puncher, and General Nair Duwell, Sam Bass, A man whose life ended quite near where our guest story began. We'll look into Williamson County's most well-known criminal with their most talented frontman, Mike Harmeier of Mike and the Moon.

one of Round Rock's, major streets bears the name of sand bass, as do several businesses. Texas folklore often refers to Bass as Texas's, beloved Bandit or Robin Hood on a fast horse. In reality, Sam was more of just a fucked up kid with h d or somewhat of an adrenaline junkie, and when you think about how evil and boring the world around him once was, who can be surprised?

Sam might have found his way into UFC fighting or throwing hotdogs at elderly people at Walmart on TikTok trying to get viral for him. Bank robbing and train heists were a mere sport, but his crimes weren't victimless as a song and folklore portray. From an abandoned kid in Indiana to a young restless horse racer and cowpuncher samba never really found a place to belong.

And like other excitable malcontents from Charles Manson to Billy the kid, it was easier to round up a gang and do bad shit than to assimilate to what was a primarily lawless and unstable society in the years following the Civil War—giving birth to the Black Hill Bandon and later the self-titled Bask Gang of Texas.

Sam wreaked havoc over a lawless west in a time when there was no police force to speak of. The Texas Rangers post-reconstruction was primarily a force to kill Indians and deter Mexican forces from establishing a foothold in the territory. They were a far cry from the Texas lawmen we know. , but all of that was about to change back then.

You didn't have to be Nolan Ryan to become a ranger. You just needed a rifle and a horse. Sam Bass would become the first white American target for the Rangers who wanted to prove to the federal government. They were the law in Texas and had dominion over their fellow citizens. This week I'll share what we've learned about the hometown of our guest, Mike and the Moonpies.

Mike Eyre, the Chaotic World. It once was in the time of Sam Bass, the Dirty Deeds, misfortune, and life on the road as an outlaw and as a musician from the Hoosier heartland to the Texas trails. Some guys just aren't built to live paycheck to paycheck. So let's head to Liberty Hill, Texas for this teenage angst and robin' banks December edit of Country Music's Dead.

giddy up motherfuckers.

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Dec 21, 2022
Country Music's Dead
02:32

Country Music’s Dead examines historical folklore, high crime in the western plains, crooked lawmen, moonshiners and grifters from Texas to Appalachia with some of our favorite songwriters and troubadours from Americana, Folk, Red Dirt and beyond. Listen to Country Music’s Dead every other week starting December 2022 wherever you get your podcasts.

Special Thanks to our friends Mike and the Moonpies Give them some love right now.

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Nov 03, 2022