Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar was highlighted on the latest 26-minute episode of Evan Stern’s “Vanishing Postcards” podcast.
Arkey himself, however, declined to be interviewed on the record, and gave the podcast host a CD, saying his life story is told in his music.
One of Arkey’s tunes, “The Back Streets of Bandera,” closes the episode.
The spirit of the Cowboy Capital of the World and the appeal of Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar is highlighted in the episode. Humorous anecdotes are also shared like a horse showing up and Arkey shooting a possum.
“Vanishing Podcasts” debuted on April 8, and new episodes are published weekly. Each episode highlights a new location that Stern visited during a 1,500-mile road trip throughout Texas.
“I created ‘Vanishing Postcards’ to mine out tales and traditions that have withstood generations and my listeners hear from the scrappy folks behind their survival,” Stern said in a press release.
“On the surface, the stories I unpack in this series may not be of seismic historical consequence, but they’re about people who possess an honest grace and display a common good that brings us all together.”
Evans is an Austin native and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the British American Drama Academy who returned to Texas to record the first season of “Vanishing Postcards.”
“A good greasy spoon or a bar can tell you a lot about a place,” said Stern. “More than burgers and cold beer, they provide spaces for community, familiarity and honest connection that are not only important, but I’d argue needed, given our current age of digital saturation.”