Few bands manage to be as ambitious as Mike and the Moonpies while staying firmly rooted in their origins. Once considered a premier Texas dancehall band, Mike and the Moonpies have established an international presence, renowned across the globe for a sound that is equal parts authentic and adventurous.
Case in point? Their 2019 album, Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold, was written in Wimberly and recorded in the world famous Abbey Road Studios with help from the London Symphony Orchestra. It is equal parts modern Red Dirt and a tribute to the golden era of the original “Nashville sound” — just, you know, recorded in the same place as some of the most consequential albums in the history of music. That album garnered critical acclaim and appeared on many year-end “Best Of” lists.
One year later, Mark Harmeier and company were back with 2020’s Touch Of You: The Lost Songs Of Gary Stewart. It was a true labor of love, dedicated to one of the original heroes of outlaw country.
And then a mere one year later, Mike and the Moonpies released the 9-song One To Grow On, again leaning into the dancehall origins that first launched the band into Texas music lore back in 2007. After 15 years, everything and nothing has changed when it comes to the band. They may have a global fan base and tour internationally, but they’ve done it on their own terms: making music in a way that honors their ambitions and their musical heroes.