Mike and the Moonpies

Tulsa, Oklahoma (August 24, 2018)– It wasn’t Steak Night at the Prairie Rose, but it was Friday night at the Mercury Lounge and Austin-based Mike and the Moonpies were on stage, playing a last minute show for a small, but enthusiastic crowd.  Mike and the Moonpies are no strangers to the Mercury Lounge, as they have played there many times in years past. However, in the last couple of years their popularity has increased and they are now regularly playing large venues and casinos. The band has even toured internationally, having just recently returned from a short tour in France and Italy.

Mike & The Moonpies– © Splice Magazine – Melissa Payne Please do not alter images.

Earlier this year, Mike and the Moonpies released their fifth album, Steak Night at the Prairie Rose and the majority of their set tonight was from that album, including the song “Getting High at Home” which is part of the regular rotation on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country station. Also on the album and included in the set were the songs, “Might Be Wrong”, “Road Crew”, “Beaches of Biloxi” and the title track, “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose”.  Although it’s one of the most popular songs on the album, “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose” remains my favorite.  Mainly because it’s based off of Mike Harmier’s life and where he got his start playing a regular gig at a local bar.  I’m a sucker for real-life stories made into songs and this song is a perfect example of how it should be done.

Zach Moulton of Mike and the Moonpies– © Splice Magazine – Melissa Payne Please do not alter images.

Rounding out the set were a couple of songs from earlier albums including “Me and Hayes”  and “Damn Strait” off the 2012 album, The Hard Way.  Like a true honky-tonk band, Mike and the Moonpies knows how to get a crowd going, as a minute into their set and a couple had already hit the floor to two-step.

Mike and the Moonpies was formed in 2007 and is made up of lead vocalist and lead guitarist, Mike Harmeier, guitarist Catlin Rutherford, dummer Kyle Ponder, John Carbone on keys, bass guitarist Omar Oyoque and rounded out by Zach Moulton on pedal steel.  This is a talented group of musicians and if they’re in your area, you won’t want to miss them. If you happen to be in Nashville for Americanafest on September 11th-16th, make sure to add them to your must-see list.  For other tour dates, you can find Mike and the Moonpies schedule here: https://www.themoonpies.com

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