|"Barnagie Hall" Verlon Thompson||"Benny Allen's Ride" Verlon Thompson|
"Walt Sample is passionate about the craft of songwriting. With Big Mule Music, Walt has created a show place....not just for his own songs, but for his fellow songwriters and their songs. I plan on stopping by the Songwriters Stalls and Barnagie Hall often because....at Big Mule Music....the barn door is always open."
-Verlon Thompson, 35 years as a professional songwriter, traveling troubadour and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark.
|Verlon telling the story of "Benny Allen's Ride"-
“Sunny Sweeney is a real sweet and talented Texas singer songwriter. She came to Nashville several years ago and looked me up to sit down and create something. She started talking about how she loved this old man who was her ex-husband's grandfather. I don't think she minded losing her husband but hated to lose touch with Bennie.
We wrote some verses but I never felt like it was quite complete. A few months ago I wrote the verse about the stockyard and the red canyon. Those two images seemed to bring it all home for me. I did this work tape and emailed it to Sunny. She wrote me back and said she was sitting there crying like a baby as she listened. It is exactly what I wanted to hear in the song.”
-Chris Hillman, founding member of the Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Desert Rose Band and Member of Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
“Walt’s Big Mule Music Web Barn has a whole bunch of blue ribbon songs, song writers and friendly chat, freely given to all us music lovers and tune wranglers. There’s a lot of spirit in here.”
Bill Kirchen founding member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airman, The Moonlighters and The Bill Kirchen Band. Grammy nomination for his instrumental “Poultry in Motion.” Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine.