Mike and the Moonpies are a honky-tonk band from Austin, Texas. Their 2015 album Mockingbird was one of the most authentically country albums released last year. The record, along with their relentless touring schedule, has pushed them from Texas into the national spotlight.
While they are a Texas band, don’t put them in the familiar boxes. They aren’t Texas country nor are they Red Dirt music. These guys have a distinct style that’s geared for the honky-tonks. Mike Harimeier, the group’s founder, lead singer and songwriter, draws a lot of inspiration from the country music of the late 1970s and 80s. Think Gary Stewart meets Dwight Yoakam meets early George Strait.
Harimeier, along with guitarist Catlin Rutherford and pedal steel player Zach Moulton dropped by our studio. We talked about Mockingbird, the state of current country music and the band’s history. Their new video for “Mockingbird” provides a few snapshots into Harimeier’s country music upbringing. We talked about a few of those details and how the group’s members came together.
The guys also played a brand new song called “Wedding Ring.” They haven’t recorded it yet, and it hasn’t made it into frequent rotation in their live sets. If you’re a fan of the band, this is a real treat.
Mike and the Moonpies will release a live album they recorded at WinnStar casino later this year. They plan to take preorder orders around Thanksgiving, so be sure to check in with them on their social media accounts for more info.