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Wednesday August 17, 2022 


Hump Day coming at ya. Packing day for the GatlinburgSongwriters Festival that begins tomorrow in east Tennessee. High of just 82 here today!


I had a very uneventful Tuesday with no real “gotta-do’s” on my list at all. I wound up pulling some weeds as the big un-highlight of my day. Remind me to keep a “gotta-do” on my list at all times so I don’t have to do the “I don’t wanna do list” thing. Seems like every time I get that danged ole “don’t wanna do list” I pay the price. Yesterday the bill came to about $19 at the chiropractor. Sigh.


The great thing about my chiropractor is that he’s from Cincinnati originally and a huge Cincinnati Reds fan as I am. So, while he’s contorting me into a pretzel, we get to catch up on some baseball in the Queen City. So I had that going for me.



I want to thank Kelly McGuire for adding me to his great lineup of Trop Rock artists again this year for MOTM (Meeting of the Minds) that takes place the entire first week of November in the southernmost part of the U.S. The largest party of beach lovers you’ve ever seen. You can’t swing an umbrella drink that week without hitting a Parrot Head. I’ll be the main emcee this year, as well as playing a VIP comedy cruise one morning and this event. Looking forward to it.




A California church who defied COVID mandates and held church during the pandemic was fined $200,000. Yesterday, the fines were dropped after a two-year battle.


First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID after her vacation with her husband.


And a Dad commented, “I got my COVID test today, it says 50. What does that mean? Also, my IQ test came back positive.”



A new study says that ice cream is better as a snack than a granola bar. Yes! I’m an ice cream lover, homemade still being my favorite. Love hearing that news. Now if I can get a study saying that hot dogs are healthier than Kale, I’ll really start celebrating.


FYI…we have the greatest “named” hot dog place ever in Nashville. Wanna a hot dog?  Stop at “I Dream of Weenie”. Yep, we got one.




You can’t orchestrate chemistry between folks. It just kind of happens on its own. But two celebrities who have a ton of chemistry when they’re together is “The Rock” and Kevin Hart. Every single time they are interviewed together it’s hysterical…the give and take and back and forth. This is still my favorite clip of them as they just totally break up during an interview about a movie, they are in. Need a laugh?  Watch this.



Walmart is saying they are drawing more upper-income shoppers than ever before because of inflation. Wonder if the upscale shoppers at Wal Mart go in wearing “Blue Stretch Pants” when they shop, like the kind Doyle and Debbie sing about?



A 100-year-old neurologist shared some habits he believes that slows down aging. Some things you would guess. Healthy eating habits, exercise, etc. But here’s one that’s not often mentioned that he brought up. Having a passion for your job. I so believe that’s true. At least it has been for my life. I’ve rarely felt like I’m working, which is why I guess I’ll always be working. Even at 100, the neurologist says he will never retire. He concluded, “Don’t think about dying, think about living”.



Prayers for my distraught 5 year old whose pet ice cube just melted in his apple juice.” LOL. I can relate.


When my daughter Heather was very young, she found an injured chipmunk out in our yard. We knew the chipmunk was going to die, but of course tried to be optimistic with her and put the chipmunk in a little shoe box out in our garage with a little food, hoping for a miraculous recovery.


I get up early one morning to go to my morning radio show in Milwaukee at the time, and when I opened the garage door, I saw the little chipmunk had indeed died. I didn’t want my daughter to see that, so I took the chipmunk with me, stopped at a local gas station, and dropped the chipmunk into a trash bin.  That morning my phone rang in studio with my daughter asking what happened to her friend, and when I told her she cried and wanted it back to bury. My producer recorded the conversation, we aired it, and then our phones blew up with parents who berated me about the deed I’d done telling me I needed to get the chipmunk back. SO…I sent my producer out to that gas station, and he called, and we aired his every step of retrieving the little guy.  I took it home, and we gave it a proper burial out in the front yard, and all was well.


I did radio for a very long time. And I would say there wasn’t many other times that I created so much talk on a radio show. For a year or more if folks recognized me, many of them would bring up the “chipmunk” story and how they had listened that morning. Amazing.


The moral of the story here is, never drop a chipmunk in a trash can.



Packing for the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival that begins tomorrow in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. I’ll be there three days doing two shows and two songwriter classes, writing with Brady Seals and some writers who signed up to write a song with the two of us. That’s always a fun experience for sure. Come join us and hit the fudge and candy and moonshine stores. Play some Hillbilly Golf, and maybe check out this new “Sky Fly” thing that I want to check out too while I’m over there!



My friend Lauren Mascitti is doing a tribute to one of my favorite artists tonight, Glen Campbell. And joining her will be some other friends like Bobby Tomberlin, Mo Pitney, Carl Jackson who played banjo with Glen for a ton of years, and Glens’ daughter Ashley who also plays banjo like her Godfather Carl Jackson. So I’m going to be hanging with her and her friends and hearing a lot of the great songs Glen recorded through his stellar career.



Have a great Wednesday!


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