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Wednesday August 10, 2022


Wednesday morning rolling up outside my blogging window this morning in Nashville. 87 is our high today.



Tuesday morning started online with Tim Stafford over in Knoxville who’s as busy as anyone these days. He’s celebrating a #1 bluegrass song with his group Blue Highway called “On The Roof of the World”. I love this song partly because it references a “black necked crane”, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone sing about one of those before. Tim is also working on building a new house for his family, and he and his group are getting ready to host a huge bluegrass festival “Blue Highway Fest” October 6-8 with a who’s who of new and traditional bluegrass artists and bands playing, including my friends Darin & Brooke Aldridge who I’ll talk about in a second.


So yea, Tim is busy. He’s also one of the fines bluegrass guitar pickers as well, so whenever I write with Tim the song are always great in that department. And yesterday we wrote an up-tempo song about slowing one’s life down a bit and making a point to do more things one really wants to do as opposed to punching a clock every day. Fun day writing with Tim.


And I’ll see Tim next Thursday over in Gatlinburg for this year’s Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival that runs through next weekend.



Yesterday evening I was online writing with two of my favorites, the bluegrass husband and wife team Darin and Brooke Aldridge. Brooke posted something on her Facebook Page recently that caught my attention, and we made a note to write that when we got together to rhyme again, and that’s exactly what we did last night. A little something up-tempo with a positive message, the kind of stuff that really fits who they are musically. They are starting work on their next album, and from what I hear this one will have a few gospel tunes on it, including one I wrote with my friend Lauren Mascitti and Kristen Bearfield. Can’t wait to hear that when it's done.


So yesterday was busy, and creatively fruitful for sure.



I mentioned above that I’ll be in Gatlinburg next Thursday through Saturday for the songwriter’s festival. Here’ what’s on the calendar right after that.


August 26 & 27 -Little Rock writing songs with Veterans for Freedom Sings USA



September 3- at the Listening Room in Nashville with “Hits & Grins”. (We don’t get to do a ton of shows in Nashville, so here’s your chance to see us in Music City)


September 8-Amercianaville in Livingston, TN with Brady Seals.


October 8-Baton Rouge, LA for Pirates and Poets


October 9-Mobile, AL with Juanita Smith at the Peoples Room


October 20-23-Blast On The Bay Songwriters Festival in Port St. Joe, Florida with “Hits & Grins”



The US is now trying to stretch out the monkeypox vaccine shots they have (short supply) by giving shorter doses.


Health officials say they are working on a new booster for the BA.5 subvariant by Fall for those who want to roll up their sleeves again.


Meanwhile, shares of Novavax, the folks making the protein-based vaccine dived big time. Down 31%. Lack of demand is the reason given.



Edgar W. Howe wrote this about schools being back in sessions. “If there were no schools to take children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.”



A New Jersey hospital marketing director was arrested after they found a cache of 39 guns, and ammo in his office closet. Wow. He worked at a hospital and could send you to the hospital all at the same time.



300 stores in Japan are now using robots to stock shelves. And they will be here in the states soon, helping employers deal with staff shortages.


I stocked shelves when I was a kid. A&P store in Elsberry, Missouri. Yep. And I still have the purple stains on me from those pricing gadgets that stamped the price of a canned item on top of the can. Those were fun. And now they’re giving my job to a danged robot! 





We are addicted to our cell phones. I’m guilty of that for sure. If I can’t find it? Panic time. I had never seen this before though. A Major League baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped his cellphone on thefield while making a slide in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. I can only guess he wanted to check his texts and Facebook timeline when there was a pause in the action. Pretty sure they took it away from him.



“I Let My Friend Breastfeed My Baby So I Can Have A Few Drinks.  People Think It’s Weird, But I Don’t Care”. Okay then. Must have been an interesting conversation with her friend trying to convince her that this would be a great idea.



I’m online this morning with both Troy Engle and Rick Lang to write. This will be a first for the three of us. I’ve written with each many times, but it’s the first time the three of us will attempt to come up with something together. Troy is in Pennsylvania, Rick is in Maryland, and I’m here in Nashville. Ain’t technology amazing?  Rick was just nominated for Songwriter of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, so I’ll have a chance to congratulate him on that.


Then this evening I’m making a stop downtown for a little “baby reveal” party for my friend Jenny Tolman and her husband Dave Brainard who I write with a lot. Jenny just signed a big deal with a company to pitch and represent her song catalog, so I’ll be saying “congrats” for a couple of things going on for her.



And then if the weather cooperates, I’m going to be watching a little baseball and keeping my eyes open for any player running with their danged cellphone!


Have a great Wednesday!






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