Mike Harmeier (of Mike & The Moonpies) was the first person I met in the Austin country scene. That was around 7 years ago. He was kind enough to let me tag along on a couple of Honky Tonk Mondays he was doing down at The Hole In The Wall. These were my very first experiences playing in Austin, and some of the very first experiences that gave me confidence in performing music in front of people. Mike & I are still great friends, and his bandmates are some of the kindest, hardest-working guys I know in Texas music.
Over the weekend, some asshole(s) stole Mike & The Moonpies van, trailer, and ALL of their gear. A loss totaling over $20, 000. I’m not going to rant here about how much I think that gear thieves have a special place in hell, but I will tell you that Mike & The Moonpies are out everything. These are some of the most undeserving guys to have this kind of thing happen to them. I’m giving up some of my hard-earned money to help out as they try to get back to kicking ass all over the country. If you’re a believer in truly independent Texas music, I think you should do the same.
(An entire gear list is posted at the below site, so be on the lookout in pawn shops, etc.)