Thanks so much you guys - the band is truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity and support! We will be emailing everyone who donated with Free Album Download Codes in the next few days so bear with us!
Below is a little more background on the theft from the press release:
May 11, 2014 - Mike and the Moonpies, one of the most celebrated new country music acts currently tearing up the Texas circuit, is finding a silver lining after a tragedy thanks to a community of beloved country music fans and musicians.
It was 8:30, the morning after Mike and the Moonpies performed to a packed-to-the-gills room at Austin honky tonk The White Horse, when bass player Preston Rhone pounded on frontman Mike Harmeier's front door. Less than 6 hours since they'd left a crowd of sweaty dancers and revelers breathless, the boys were back on the road. After a quick audition for a Grand Marnier commercial, they headed up the interstate to Dallas-based venue The Rustic to share the bill with their buddies, The Kernal (Tennessee). “It was a really great bookend to a weekend we'd looked forward to for a long time,” says Harmeier. “The chance to come back and play to the crowd at the place that started it all for us [The White Horse, where The Moonpies had held a popular residency since the bar's opening week, moved on to do more touring in July 2013] and play a few shows with one of our favorite bands. It felt like it was just going to be one hell of a memorable weekend.”
Unfortunately for the 6-piece band, the memorable part was just about to take a turn for the worse. “The show at The Rustic went great and we were so exhausted from the run that we all just headed back to the hotel to crash,” recalls Harmeier. The next morning, Harmeier discovered that the band's van and trailer, which had been parked next to The Kernal's in the La Quinta parking lot, had vanished. “Just crushed” is how steel player Zachary Moulton described it. And just like that, one of the of the hardest working bands in country music was suddenly out nearly $25,000 in instruments, gear, personal belongings and transportation. “The hardest part was losing the sentimental pieces,” says guitar man Catlin Rutherford. Along with his two stolen guitars and various gear was a mic stand emblazoned with the words “The Purple Sage”, a relic of his family's now defunct Uvalde dance hall.
An online fund was created that afternoon and the hashtag #moonpievanstolen began trending on Twitter in both Austin and Dallas within hours. Friend of the band and drummer for Dale Watson, Mike Bernal, offered up a spare set of drums to lend. Multiple offers for guitars, amps and pedals have been pouring in. Other bands across the country have reached out to share their experiences and monetary relief. Kevin Geil of Two Tons of Steel, who were recently set back with the loss of their own tour trailer, called to share comfort. Fans began sharing memories of the band on Facebook along with calls to action to help get the band back on their feet. “We are overwhelmed by all the support Y'all have given us,” Harmeier announced on the band's Facebook page Sunday evening. The group has a long way to go to replace all of the equipment and locate a new van and trailer but they can rest easy knowing that the community that they have given so much to is giving back in such a big way.
To find more information on the stolen property, updates on the recovery process and to contribute to the fund, please visit https://www.youcaring.com/moonpiesstolengearfund or visit the band online at www.themoonpies.com / www.facebook.com/mikeandthemoonpies.
Wow, thanks so much to all of you who are contributing, sharing and sending good vibes. We know some of you have been here before yourselves. Your support means the world to us and The Moonpies will be back and better than ever in no time!