Skip to main content


 And just like that…here comes another weekend. A fairly comfortable 85 degrees is predicted for today in Music City.


I wrote with my buddy  Steve Dean  who’s one third of our “Hits & Grins” trio with  Victoria Venier  that will be playing in Crossville, Tennessee tomorrow evening. More on that at the end of the blog here today.

Steve had a little jet lag as he was just back from a 10-day trip to Cabo to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife Lori and another couple who were also celebrating their anniversary as well. He no more than got off the plane from Mexico when he had to re-board two days later for southern California to play a benefit fund raiser for the organization, he co-founded  Freedom Sings USA . That’s the group that writes songs with our veterans. So yea, I’d be jet lagged too. But as we’re talking and catching up, the song title we wound up writing came out of Steve’s mouth when he described one of the places he played out in SoCal as “Just Another Bar.” I’m always grateful when stuff like that happens as I had no idea what we might write yesterday. It’s just one of the things I love about the craft. Even when nobody has an idea as to what to write, something usually presents itself. And sometimes it’s in a way you weren’t expecting. Fun song…fun day.


I did a little final planning for a trip to Cincinnati mid-week to catch my Reds for a couple of games with a couple of old buddies up there that I used to play softball with. I could play a little, but these two brothers could REALLY play. In fact, both  Jack and Jim Menninger  are in the Northern Kentucky Hall of Fame. I have not seen them since those days, so it will be fun to reunite at the stadium. And Jack has a contact that’s going to put us a cool “club” type room for the one of the two games I’m going to catch while I’m up there so I’m looking very forward to that. The Reds had one of the worst starts ever in baseball but are finally playing a bit better. Even when my team is not so great it’s still fun to sit in a ballpark and watch a game unfold lazily. At least for me.

And if you are a baseball fan, and if you ever go to catch a game at Great American Ballpark in the Queen City, go early and tour the  Reds Hall of Fame.  As good as any in baseball


Don’t forget tomorrow is National Donut Day. Can’t you hear Homer saying that word right now in the back of your head? “ Donuuut ”. You can get a free one at Dunkin’ if you ask.


ESPN’s broadcasters  Woj , and former coach  Jeff Van Gundy  did not get to call the first game of the NBA finals last night between Golden State and Boston (where Boston stole a game) as both are down with COVID. And across the pond,  Prince Andrew  has it too.

NYC still has a mask mandate in place for 2–4-year-old kids. As you can imagine, some parents are protesting. Meanwhile the vaccine for those 5 and under will be ready June 21. How many parents will have their kids rolling up their sleeves? The numbers should be interesting.

New information suggests that long COVID symptoms could result in death. “Suggests” being the operative word here.


Here’s one of those from the article I skimmed. A guy revealed that “she had cancer and I drove her to therapy weekly for a year. Turns out she didn’t have cancer. She was cheating on me with an employee at the hospital.” Yep…that might halt a relationship.


A new study out is showing that venom from bees can kill cancer cells. And scientists are excited about that news. That would be awesome. So, don’t be killing any bees’ folks.


Here’s two in a long list that was published in an article this morning.

If you’re stuck in the snow while driving,  take out your floor mats and put them under your tires . That trick may get you out of that snow jam. Cool.

And then there’s this scary one they printed. “In case of a nuclear explosion you only have 8 to 10 seconds to respond if your far enough away from the fireball. Lay face down on the ground, put your thumbs in your ears, and fingers over your eyes. Breathe through your teeth.” (And if that doesn’t work, and if you’re limber, lean down, and kiss your butt goodbye)


That would be Ford Motor Company on electric vehicles as they just invested 3.7 BILLION dollars to build electric vehicles, particularly trucks and a new EV Mustang. My friend Steve Dean who I mentioned at the top of the blog showed me a picture of the gas price in southern California where he was at almost $7 a gallon right now. So it’s not hard to imagine that EV’s might catch on.


What’s the old saying about the game of golf? “Golf is a good walk ruined”? Yep. Especially if you play like me. Here’s some new wisdom some golfer (not me) shared. “Never buy a putter until you have a chance to throw it.”


I’m writing with  Gerald Smith  and  Janelle Arthur  today. Janelle, the American Idol star just had her first little one not too long ago and since we’re writing at her house, I’m figuring I might get to see her little girl for the first time. And it will be fun catching up with Gerald, the former Hee Haw star and “Georgia Quacker”. How he does this duck thing he does is beyond me folks.


Tomorrow night I have a 6 pm show at  Grinder House  in downtown Crossville, Tennessee. Grinder House is a really cool intimate venue that features great coffee of course, and great food. I’ve played it a couple of times, but this will be the first time there for “Hits & Grins” and all of us are looking forward to the show. Hope I’ll see some of you there tomorrow night.

Oh and my wife and I will quietly celebrate another wedding anniversary Saturday before I leave her for that show. You can’t say I’m not a truly romantic husband. Can’t imagine my life without out her. Happy Anniversary to us.

Have a great weekend!


Popular posts from this blog

A Mo Mo Proclamation...A Pilot Gets His Wings...Happy 4th!

 BILL BLOG July 4, 2022     Happy 4 th of July!   Let the fireworks begin. And in my neck of the woods, that means they’ll be firing them up for the next 10 days or more. It will be 95 here in Nashville today…very 4 th of “Julyish”.   THE MO MO WEEKEND I don’t know where to start about how great my show was in Louisiana, Missouri Friday night for the 50 th Anniversary celebration of “Mo Mo” the Missouri Monster. The Elks Lodge where I played must have had well over 200 folks attending, and I think I knew at least 90% of the crowd filled with family members, friends, high school classmates from Elsberry, Missouri and even a couple of old members of my band when I was young who I did not recognize. It’s been that long. Tim Burke played drums in my band, and I had not seen him since then. He drove in from Nebraska to see the show. And Crystal Motley who sang in my young band also showed up, and I’d not seen her since those days and didn’t know her either. Geez. I need to go home

Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival...Hall of Famer...Two Shows Tonight

BILL BLOG Friday August 19, 2022   Friday morning in Gatlinburg getting ready for a songwriting session and a couple of shows tonight here at the Gatlinburg SongwritersFestival. 81 for the high today with some rain here today in the mountains.   YESTERDAY I picked up my “Hits & Grins” buddy Steve Dean and we hit I-40 East all the way to Gatlinburg. Rolled into town and stopped at the historic old Gatlinburg Inn and picked up our credentials, checked into our rooms a little further down the street and got set for the first activities.   First activities included a meet and greet followed by opening ceremonies underneath one of the ski lifts here. The put songwriter Kim Williams who wrote a TON of Garth Brooks hits into the Hall of Fame here. His wife accepted on his behalf as Kim passed away a few years ago.    I never wrote with Kim, but I’ve written with his talented daughter Amanda several times and I’ve had the pleasure of hearing all the Garth and Kim Williams storie

The Missouri Mo Mo Show

 BILL BLOG Friday July 2, 2022 I'm on the road home to Nashville after one of the more incredible concert evenings I've ever had back home in Missouri for the 50th Anniversary Show for "Mo Mo" the Missouri Monster. The place was just packed with old friends, and co-workers, and musicians, family and friends.  Unfortunately I have no time to do a full "blog" this morning, but check back here Monday for the complete story on an evening I will not soon forget. Have a great Friday!