Mike & The Moonpies welcome new drummer ahead of tour
When the most badass country band on the road changes lineup, it’s worth noting. Drummer Kyle Ponder has been there since the very beginning of Mike and the Moonpies, played on all of their records, and been the band’s heartbeat as they transitioned from Austin’s honky tonk house band to one most flamboyant. live bands there in the country space.
But now is the time for Mr. Ponder to move on. After a few fans noticed a weird face slapping skins at some of their recent gigs, including headlining KOKE’s rooftop SXSW showcase at The Blind Pig on Monday (3-14), frontman Mike Harmeier addressed the line-up change.
“I know many of you have noticed that our drummer, Kyle Ponder, has been absent from our shows lately and we want to share with you all that he has moved away from Mike and the Moonpies. Kyle is here. since the beginning – I’m talking about when the band started in high school. We’ve been doing this thing together for a long time and he’s helped us make this band what it is. Kyle is and always will be a brother to me and to the band and we love him and wish him all the best.
It’s unclear why Kyle Ponder decided to walk away, so let’s just run the wild rumor that he’s currently in small arms/hand-to-hand combat training, and he’s flying away for Ukraine to fight as a mercenary and leave it. But no matter what Kyle Ponder does next, he will have been the drummer for Saving Country Music who declared the best or one of the best live bands in country music for the past four consecutive years.
So who is the newest Moonpie on the bottom line? His name is Taylor Englert, the band announced. “I can’t say enough good things about this guy. Glad to have him ripping on drums for us. You help us all welcome him to the Mike family and the Moonpies, say the Moonpies.
Taylor Englert may be familiar to some in the Austin area. He regularly plays drums for the duo Mayeux & Broussard, as well as for Kathryn Legendre, and has appeared on the albums of these two groups. A veteran of the Austin honky-tonk scene, he should fit right in with Mike and the Moonpies vibe.
Englert is also known for designing tour posters, t-shirts and album covers. He designed the cover of Garrett T. Capps’ latest album I love Saint Anthony, for example. So maybe we’ll see him help out on the visual component of the Moonpies in the future. He joins Zach Moulton on steel guitar, Catlin Rutherford on lead guitar and Omar Oyoque on lead bass and hair whips.
“I’ve admired Mike and the Moonpies since my band Mayeux & Broussard started opening for them when we first started as a band. Always impressive. Real pros. Great people,” Englert said. “We are currently en route to Colorado and I still pinch myself. See you all at the shows.
See the upcoming Moonpies dates below.
20 Mar – Vultures – Colorado Springs, CO