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 Thursday morning in Music City. More rain and a little thunder this morning which has dropped our temperatures significantly. A high of just 75 here today.


I spent part of yesterday afternoon doing a radio interview to promote a “Hits & Grins” show with  Steve Dean  &  Victoria Venier  that’s coming up June 4 at Grinder House on Main Street in Crossville, Tennessee which is a bit less than 2 hours east of where I live. Radio host Katie from Lite Rock 95.9 in Cookeville spent about 10 minutes or so with me to help promote this show and I do appreciate her doing that. That interview will air this Sunday morning around 8:45 AM. You can hear it online if you’d like to listen at this link. Thank you, Katie!


I got all the details for 7 new shows for the trio with the first one being in November in Culpepper, Virginia followed by one at West Point, VA.

January 12 of next year we’ll play Lodi, California followed by a date in Redondo Beach, CA:

February 12 we’ll play a show in McAllen, Texas

April 20 in Morgan City, Louisiana and then April 22 in Pampa, Texas. Thank you to Live Arts & Attractions for booking these new shows. All the info on those dates can now be found on my calendar here on the website.


I hooked up with not one but two Australians last night online to write.  Angus Gill  and  Rae Leigh  were both looking at me from a long way aways. Angus produced a song on Rae called “Push Em’ Up Jill” which was based on a funny true story from Rae, and danged if that little funny record didn’t make it to the top of one of Australia’s country charts. So with that in mind, last night we tweaked a funny idea that Angus and I had written for a comedy project of his that never materialized and turned it from a “male” song into a very funny female song for Rae. Pretty sure she’ll be recording this one as well and putting it out to the world. I’ll let you know.

I was once again reminded about how amazing technology is. Yes, it has its downside, but it also has a lot to embrace. Angus and I were on a Zoom when Rae popped in from her car while driving letting us know she was minutes from the house and would rejoin us. And she did. From the car to the bedroom of her home where she has a small podcast studio set up. Amazing to me that all three of us could interact as if we’re in the same room. And that kind of technology has allowed me to write and have hits in Australia multiple times now. So yea, I see more good than bad in it personally.


COVID is still jacking with my schedule some. Lots of shows were lost because of it. Lately things have been getting better and more and more shows are happening. But yesterday my friend Steve Dean sent me a note to tell me our Little Rock trip to write songs with veterans has been cancelled because of COVID concerns there. They’re looking to try again in August maybe.

Here in Tennessee they are reporting a little surge in COVID cases with hospitalizations increasing again.

And a new study reveals what we kind of already suspected. Older COVID survivors are more likely to have persistent symptoms after the fact.


I got word that the founder of the  Frank Brown Songwriters Festival,  Joe Gilchrist passed away yesterday. A true lover of songwriters who founded the oldest and I think largest songwriters’ festival in the country. A gentle, sweet man with a kind word for everyone he met. The festival is coming up again this November and I’ll be there with “Hits & Grins” November 10, 11 and 12. It will be a bit bittersweet this year with the loss of Joe, but I’m sure it will be memorable as we honor his legacy. Condolences to his family and many friends.


And now they tell us they can’t find enough lifeguards for public swimming pools. As many as a third may not open this year because of it. From a chip shortage to a speedo shortage. Will it ever end?


And they (whomever they is) are warning air travelers to expect more delays and cancellation because of a shortage of pilots. They’ve increased the number of flying hours needed significantly for one to earn their wings, so it takes much longer for a pilot to go from classroom to cockpit. Used to require 250 hours of flying, now it’s 1500 hours of flying. It’s been a bit since I’ve flown without delay, or cancellation. And I’m one who would prefer to drive, if at all possible, because of all the hassle. Betting I’m not the only one.


Hard to believe that’s this weekend…already. Someone wrote this funny thought about Memorial Day weekend.

“This Memorial Day weekend, it is important to remember those who lost their battle to be swimsuit-ready by summer”. Yep.


“Woman Who Wrote “How To Murder Your Husband” Convicted Of Murdering Her Husband”. (some people should not write books) Make you wonder if the author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” lives on Mars while his wife has a condo on Venus.


Nothing huge today, no writing. So a day of catch up and working ahead on stuff. Or I’ll just take a nap.

Have a great Thursday!


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