The stryker brothers

In July 2018, a Texas ranch owner confirmed she'd found music written and recorded by Coal and Flynt Stryker, a mythical duo rumored to have died in a prison fire on September 7, 1974.

For decades The Stryker Brothers have only been the topic of local folklore. The confirmation of their existence through this find has locals asking: “What really happened to Coal and Flynt?”

Rancher Mary Lambau says, “This property has been in my family for years and selling it wasn’t ever part of my plan, but with times as tough as they’ve been I had to find out its worth. That’s what started it all.” 

Mary asked a real estate investor to survey the land last June. When they got to the burned-out building sitting on the corner of the lot, they made an interesting discovery in the basement — a vault containing a trunk, inside of which were photos of The Highwaymen, a letter to astronaut Charlie Duke, prison intake forms for Coal and Flynt and a set of original, reel-to-reel tapes.

“I couldn’t believe what we’d found. And all these years, it’d been sitting there on right under my nose,” she said.  “Sure … we’d all heard the mythology about how Coal and Flynt Stryker died in that prison fire, but could that have been true? Could these tapes really be all that remains of the two?” 

She called the man whose name was on one of the documents in the vault: Charlie Duke. 
“We worked together to have those old cracked and brittle tapes digitally converted, which ultimately became this 13-song album called Burn Band,” says Mary. “We thought it only fitting to share this music on the anniversary of that fateful prison fire — September 7 (1974).”

In addition to Charlie's assistance, Mary received restoration help from the legendary Lloyd Maines.

Her quest to uncover more of the infamous brothers' history has led to meetings with numerous Texas country music stars including Shooter Jennings, who shared a family anecdote about Coal's run-in with the late Merle Haggard.

If you possess information that would aid us in locating, identifying or further piecing together the lives of Coal and Flynt Stryker, please contact Mary Lambau immediately at or via phone at (575) 224-1454.