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Tuesday August 23, 2022


Tuesday the 23rd of August already.



I was in a writing room at my publishing company with my buddy Nathan Woodard who’s a terrific writer. Nathan has had a lot of gospel-Christian songs of his written through the years, but yesterday he brought a reflective song about someone looking back at their life and having no regrets. In fact, despite all the ups and downs of his life, he would choose to live the same life over again if given a second pass at it. AND he had a great melody to go with it. So all I had to do was sit there with my guitar and look pretty. <g>



I want to toss this out to those of you who may be thinking about making the trip here to Nashville sometime. Folks ask me from time to time, “Do you ever play in town”?  The answer is, “not a lot” but every now and then. Most of my shows are out on the road as you can see here on my TOUR CALENDAR. But I do have a show coming up in town on a Saturday night. September 3rd I’ll be playing a great venue here, The Listening Room with Steve Dean and Victoria Venier, our “Hits & Grins” trio. It’s a 6 pm show, and all the details are on my calendar. If you’re in town, or if you’re thinking about coming to town?  Grab a couple of tickets and come have fun with us. 




Dr. Fauci announced he will resign his position with the CDC come this December. It will be interesting to see who replaces him.


63% of all residents in NYC have had Covid. Of those, half were not boosted.


Updated booster shots will be available in just a few weeks. How many will take another shot?  Dunno. But I do know that our minor league baseball team’s mascot is named “Booster”. Next time he passes me in the stands, I’m going to ask him if he’s been boosted.  




The online publication Thrillist just listed their “Must-Visit Small Town In Every State. I was not surprised to see that Gulf Shores was named in Alabama. Even though it’s grown a lot since I started going there, it still retains a small-town feel, with a beach!  In fact, their brand is “Small Town, Big Beach”. And that did not escape the attention of Brent Burns and me, and we wrote their song for them.


The towns named in the states I have lived in in my lifetime include:


Nashville, Indiana

Galena, Illinois

Boonville, Missouri

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Bell Buckle, Tennessee

Sister Bay, Wisconsin


I’ve been to Boonville, Bell Buckle, and Sister Bay. None of the others, even though I lived in those states. Of the ones I have seen…Sister Bay Wisconsin, on the water would be my favorite.



Here’s the ENTIRE LIST if you want to check your state, or states.



Big Sur was named the best road trip in the world. Not just California…the world. Hard to argue if you’ve ever driven it. My family drove from Frisco down to Carmel once, and it truly is a breathtaking drive along the golden coast. Would have been a great motorcycle trip back in the day when I straddled one. I’d highly recommend that trip if you ever get the chance.




The new “House of Dragons” thing has surpassed the all-time numbers for a premiere of any kind for HBO. It’s the follow up to the immensely popular “Game of Thrones” that I saw none of. But I do have a connection to “Game of Thrones” as my daughter was married at Dunluce in Northern Ireland in that castle ruin overlooking the ocean. Dunluce was used as one of the main locations for “Game of Thrones”. So, I sort of got the Game of Thrones experience, without all the violence.





Some advice from poet Ogden Nash. “To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong admit it. Whenever you’re right, shut up.”



The smallest vineyard in the world is where you expect it would be. In Italy. How small? The vineyard is 200 square feet. They only make 29 bottles of red each year BUT…each bottle costs $5,000. 




“No Trespassing. We’re Getting Tired Of Hiding The Bodies.”



I’m writing with Kirstie Kraus for the first time today. She’s a Wisconsin native, and she’s been dipping her toes into the Trop Rock waters lately. That’s how we met recently at a Trop Rock event in Nashville, and she asked for a writing appointment. So today will be the day we get to try and create something together for the first time.


Have a great Tuesday!






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