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Writing With The Baby...On The Charts...Rum


Tuesday August 16, 2022 


Tuesday is rolling up here in Nashville. A tad cooler today with a high of 85.



I finished up a new song with my Jenny Tolman, who’s getting more pregnant every day, and her husband Dave Brainard at their house yesterday morning. One of those songs that reminds us all to make sure we really “live” our lives while we can. Turned out great, and it could certainly be something Jenny records in the future. Those two have a lot going on with a baby boy due Christmas Eve, and folks were working downstairs on building a new home studio for Dave, so we rhymed around hammers and saws. It’s going to be a great place to write and create new music though in the very near future. And with the way the studio is being built, we’ll still be able to sit around a table upstairs in the kitchen, write, then hit a button on an iPad and have the whole thing recorded into a main system downstairs. Technology. Amazing.




This Thursday I’ll make the trip over to Gatlinburg for the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival that will run through this Saturday. I’ve got a show with my “Hits & Grins” trio at 8:30 Friday night at the Listening Room in Pigeon Forge, and right before that a 6:30 show with Victoria Venier (from my “Hits & Grins” trio) alongside Dana Hunt Black who’s written some big hits like this one, “Check Yes Or No” for George Strait that won “Song of the Year” in 1994. I’ll be doing a couple of group songwriting sessions too with my buddy Brady Seals, so it will be a busy, but very fun weekend in the Smoky Mountains.


And after that wraps up, there are a lot of shows ahead. Here’s a brief look at what’s coming up over the next couple of months.


August 25-26- Little Rock, Arkansas with Freedom Sings USA writing songs with veterans.



September 3 -at the Listening Room in Nashville with “Hits & Grins”.


September 8 -Americanaville in Livingston, Tennessee with Wil Nance.


September 12-14- in the recording studio with Brent Burns in Nashville.


October 5 -Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Private event.


October 9 -Mobile, Alabama at the Peoples Room with comedienne Juanita Smith.


October 20-22-Port St. Joe, Florida at the Blast on the BaySongwriters Festival.


October 28-Sarasota, Florida at Flip Flop Stock, a Parrot Head show.


More details are available on all of these shows as well as other shows on the website here.



A group of 500 health care workers are going to receive a million-dollar payout after challenging their hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and winning. The healthcare facility in Illinois refused to grant religious exemptions.


Apple this week is asking employees to return to the big office out in Santa Clara and work a minimum of 3 days a week in office. Most of them have been working remotely since the pandemic began.


The CDC has now added the Philippines as their “high alert” list of places where COVID has spiked. The positivity rate there is over 18% right now.



I was happy to get the news that the song “Love Hate LoveAgain” that Australian artist TC Cassidy recorded is sitting at #6 this week on the Australian Country Chart. I wrote this song with her talented producer Angus Gill. That’s pretty cool.


And the song “Ain’t No Ocean In Missouri” has shown up in more than one Trop Rock Chart for my Show Me buddy Becky Denton. That’s a song I wrote with Becky several months ago. Nice to see that very fun beach song doing so well too!  



In South Carolina an alligator attacks an 81-year-old woman and kills her. Those huge snakes are being hunted in Florida because there are so many of them. And now in one of my favorite places, Orange Beach, sharks are getting too close to the shoreline. Check out this Hammer Head on the hunt. Think I’ll keep my feet firmly planted on the sand when I make my trip down there in a few weeks.



This girl must have had a lot of time on his hands, invented a hand cranked music box that makes music (sort of) by popping bubblewrap. “Pop Music” if you will. I can only guess the Spencer’s Gifts must be looking at this.



Today is National Rum Day. True. Every Parrot Head must be celebrating right now. And every singer who sings Trop Rock music will be sure to sing their song about rum. And every Trop Rock singer has at least one. Some are better than others. In celebration of National Rum Day I’ll share one that I love “Rum” from the Brothers Osborne.



I don’t know who wrote this, but it’s pretty good. So I’m sharing, again in honor of National Rum Day.


When you drink vodka over ice, it can give you kidney failure.


When you drink rum over ice, it can give you liver failure.


When you drink whiskey over ice, it can give you heart problems.


When you drink gin over ice, it can give you brain problems.


Apparently, ice is really bad for you. Warn all your friends.



A sign that you’re living in an apartment with thin walls. Someone in next apartment sneezes, you quietly say, “bless you” and you hear them laugh.



Nothing big on my agenda today. It is National Rum Day though, so maybe I’ll pick up the guitar and add to the stack Rum songs that have been written through the years.


Have a great Tuesday!


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