There is not a single band out there today doing it better than Mike and the Moonpies. During the lockdown this year, on Gary Stewart's birthday to be exact, the guys released their seventh full-length album, Touch Of You – The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart.

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But to think they have only just begun playing great country music is a disservice to them and your own ears.

Back in August of 2019, Mike and the Moonpies dropped an orchestra-infused-country-music bomb on us. The Austin-based band recorded it at Abbey Road Studios (yes, that Abbey Road Studios), rounded it out with backing from the London Symphony Orchestra, and it was produced by longtime collaborator Adam Odor. It is a masterpiece of work deserving of such an iconic production studio and production.

The Moonpies' previous studio album Steak Night At The Prairie Rose was one of 2018’s best reviewed releases landing on numerous “Best Of” lists including nods from Rolling Stone Country for “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018,” and “25 Best Country and Americana Songs of 2018,” and Saving Country Music named them the No. 1 Best Live Performance of 2018.

Touch Of You – The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart is a piece or country music art that features ten unreleased songs written or co-written by country music legend Gary Stewart throughout the late 1970s and 1980s.

But like I said earlier, to think they have only just begun playing great country music is a disservice to them and your own ears. We recently came across a video of the guys covering Billy Joe Shaver's "Ragged Old Truck," recroded live at The White Horse in Austin, Texas by David Bellarosa of Lonely Giant Productions. Enjoy.

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