Mike & The Moonpies / Jamie Lin Wilson Tour Was One for the Ages
Legend will be told for years henceforth about the time that Mike and the Moonpies joined with Jamie Lin Wilson for a select group of shows in Texas called the January Jamboree. With exclusive stops at the Kessler Theater in Dallas, the Heights Theater in Houston, and historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, the pairing already had the potential of being something special. Mike and the Moonpies were Saving Country Music’s Best Live Act in 2018, and Jamie Lin Wilson’s song “Death & Life” won Song of the Year.
But nobody expected this: a rare Texas tornado in January that left the crowds keen enough to make the trek to their local venues raving about how these shows were some for the history books. The evenings started off with Jamie Lin taking the stage for a full set, and with a full band that included Cody Angel on pedal steel and Matt Gracy on guitar. This would give way to the madness of Mike and the Moonpies for their own full set, including playing numerous songs from a new album they promised is on the way.
Then both bands would take the stage for an outright hour-long country music free for all. Yes, both bands, meaning at times the incredible Cody Angel and the incomparable Zachary Mouton would be trading steel guitar licks back and forth. Mike and the Moonpies’ bass player Omar Oyoque would play Jamie Lin’s acoustic, and even sat down behind a steel guitar rig for a bit. The drummers and bass players would take turns as they ripped into a bunch of classic country standards, including numerous George Strait songs as intimate crowds were left awe struck.
Luckily, Saving Country Music photographer Brad Coolidge was there to capture the moments at Gruene Hall on Saturday, January 19th. Both Jamie Lin Wilson and Mike and the Moonpies are now gearing up for appearances at Mile 0 Fest in Key West Florida this upcoming week.
Thanks to photographer Brad Coolidge for photos below. Brad can can be found on Instagram and Twitter.
January 21, 2019 @ 1:02 pm
I would love to see either of these artists, but both together, Wow what a night that must have been.
change my name to bill
January 21, 2019 @ 3:15 pm
They played a slot at the nashville palace a few m9nths before americana fest, and they were great. met them before show and they were great on stage. when u cover Amos Moses, u know they were gonna be awesome .one of best country Bands ive ever seen
January 21, 2019 @ 4:41 pm
Mike and the Moonpies and Dale Watson are the two best live bands out there in my opinion, got to see the Moonpies last spring in the big Apple and Dale is coming back to NJ along with Kinky Friedman in March.
I would have loved to see those shows in Texas, you guys down there are really lucky.
January 21, 2019 @ 5:54 pm
Have you checked out that venue in Jersey? Its only about :30 min crom me, and this is the first I’m hearing of it. Any idea if its general admission or how the seating works? I couldnt find too much online, but am definitely interested in going to see Dale there.
March 10, 2019 @ 11:51 pm
Was in Texas in December and January visiting friends recording new albums. Saw Mike and the Moonpies in Fort Worth and Dallas. Worth searching YouTube for Mike and Jamie Lin Wilson together at The Kessler in Dallas. Lit the stage on fire! Great show. Saw Dale twice in Austin. Got to hang out with him after a set at the Continental Club. Dale and Mike definitely leave it all on the stage every show
January 21, 2019 @ 5:33 pm
The photos are so good you can almost hear the music.
January 21, 2019 @ 8:28 pm
I was lucky enough to see the show at Greune Hall on Saturday night. It was my first time seeing either Mike and the Moonpies or Jamie Lin wilson.
It was a high energy show.
I can see why Mike and the Moonpies were named Best Live Act.
I played “Death and Life” for my daughter today and she made me stop it before the first verse was over because she was crying.
January 22, 2019 @ 5:49 am
Brandon, Roxy and Dukes is a cool old roadhouse in Dunellen, general admission, some tables but standing room too. For this show tickets are only available on Ticketfly, $25.
It’s a cool place and has a wide array of shows as well as some burlesque.
January 22, 2019 @ 7:10 am
Great photos! I wish I could have seen one of these shows. Texas sure is lucky to have all these great acts!
EW in DFW
January 22, 2019 @ 9:16 am
I told you Trigger! The Kessler show was fantastic!
January 22, 2019 @ 11:13 am
Look forward to seeing each of them again in Key West next week. I had seen Mike and the Moonpies at a club in Milwaukee and they gave the same good show at this larger venue. Never had seen Jamie Lin Wilson and she was amazing, especially at the after party. Turnpike back too. They all were awesome last year.
Also American Aquarium, Randy Rogers and Tyler Childers as I have never seen any of them live. And a long time wait to see Micky and the Motorcars again; has had to be 10 years. And RK never fails.
January 22, 2019 @ 11:50 am
Why is my first time listening to Jamie Lin Wilson after reading this article? I’m ashamed of myself.
December 29, 2019 @ 9:57 pm
It could worse. You could be me, shamefully almost a year behind you!
Well, tonight my life changed.