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Mike and the Moonpies Taunt the IRS, Praise Johnny Paycheck in New ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’

High-octane track is tailor-made for working hard, overspending, and driving too fast

After recording the unfinished songs of the late, great Gary Stewart on last summer’s Touch of You – The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart, Mike and the Moonpies return with a new original song. “Paycheck to Paycheck” is a hard-charging blast of Texas boogie and barroom country that calls to mind the outlaw singer alluded to in the title: Johnny Paycheck.

“Paycheck’s in the tape deck and blaring on the radio,” singer Mike Harmeier howls, as the Lone Star State band roars behind him. “Tell the IRS to shove it and give me eleven twenty-nine,” a nod to Paycheck’s 1976 prison ballad “11 Months and 29 Days.” Harmeier wrote the group’s new song — destined to result in many a speeding ticket — with Moonpies bassist Omar Oyoque and the group’s longtime producer Adam Odor.

“Paycheck to Paycheck” appears on the band’s upcoming album One to Grow On. Set for release on August 10th, it features guest appearances by Shooter Jennings and Quaker City Nighy Hawks.

Mike and the Moonpies have also announced a new summer tour. The group, rounded out by steel player Zach Moulton, guitarist Catlin Rutherford, and drummer Kyle Ponder, will hit the road this Friday in Arlington, Texas.

In 2019, the Moonpies teamed with members of the London Symphony Orchestra to record Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold at Abbey Road studios. “I’ve always been into Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and I wanted to do a crooner record like that for a long time,” Harmeier told Rolling Stone then. But the songs had to fit seamlessly into their country live show. “The songs had to stand on their own,” he said. “I wanted it to be us playing, but with a whole layer of strings behind everything.”

One to Grow On tracklist:
1. “Paycheck to Paycheck”
2. “Hour on the Hour”
3. “Growing Pains”
4. “Rainy Day”
5. “Whose Side You’re On”
6. “Brother”
7. “The Vein”
8. “Social Drinkers”
9. “Burn Out”

Here’s Mike and the Moonpies’ tour dates:
July 2 — Arlington, TX @ Levitt Pavillion
July 3 — Roscoe, TX @ Roscoe Texas 4th of July Celebration
July 16 — Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips FTW
July 17 — Altus, OK  @ The Orange Peel Altus 2021
July 23 — Houston, TX @  Goode Company Armadillo Palace
July 24 —  Dallas, TX @ Mama Tried Deep Ellum
July 29 —  Alpine, TX @ Viva Big Bend Festival 2021
August 10 —  Morro Bay, CA @ The Siren
August 11 —  Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
August 12 — Yreka, CA @ Siskiyou Golden Fair
August 14 — Challis, ID  @ Braun Brothers Reunion
August 18 — Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room Lounge
August 19 — Des Moines, IA @  Wooly’s
August 20 — Iowa City, IA @ First Ave Club
August 22 — Yorkville, IL @ Law Office Pub
August 23 — Wisconsin Dells, WI @ Showboat Saloon
August 24 — Wisconsin Dells, WI @  Showboat Saloon
August 25 — Wisconsin Dells, WI @ Showboat Saloon
August 26 — Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
August 27 — Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel
August 28 — Kansas City, MO @  Knuckleheads
September 10 — Tahlequa, OK  @  Diamond Stone Music Festival 2021
September 11 — Anahuac, TX  @  Texas Gatorfest
September 12 — Baton Rouge, LA @ Red Dragon Listening Room
September 13 — Huntsville, AL @ SideTracks Music Hall
September 14 — Lexington, KY @ The Burl
September 16 — Hendersonville, NC @  Rhythm & Brews Concert Series
September 17 — Nashville, TN  @ The High Watt
September 18 — Indianapolis, IN @  Hi-Fi
September 19 — Worthington, IA @  Benefit The Vets
October 7 — The Woodlands, TX  @ Dosey Doe Big Barn
October 22 —  Phenix City, AL @  Phenix City Art Park

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