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A Money Song...Mobile Homes...Sarasota Show Tomorrow


Thursday October 27, 2022


Thursday morning and it’s time to pack for a long beach run of shows. I put on a pair of shorts this morning without realizing it’s only 37 degrees as I begin this blog. That was a mistake!  A high of 67 here in Twang Town today.



I had fun chasing a song idea with my buddy Jerry Salley at my publishing company yesterday. A twist on the familiar Willie Nelson-Lefty Frizzell classic “If You’ve Got The Money” …and I do mean a twist with a smile. We got it mostly home before we both had to leave, so we’ll find another date to rough out the edges.


One of the things I love about having a publishing company home is that when you walk in it feels like family, and you never know who might be in the studio or the other writing room. In one room yesterday was Rick Lang, a great bluegrass writer along with one of the best southern Gospel music writers ever Lee Black. And in another room was former American Idol star Alex Miller who I wrote with Tuesday along with former “The Voice” star Emily Ann Roberts who I wrote with a couple of times at Reba’s publishing company on Music Row when she first came off of the show. I remember the first time I met Alex; his Dad brought him because he was so young, and the same thing with Emily. 



So a very fun day of creating and catching up with some talented folks all under the same roof.



Yesterday the new song I mentioned included the word Powerball in it. Today the Powerball jackpot is worth 800 million, the 2nd largest jackpot in its history. I don’t really believe in signs, but I think I’ll buy one just in case it was a sign.



The Thanksgiving Eve show I’ll be part of here at the Listening Room in Nashville has a pretty good roster of folks who will be on stage that night. Looking forward to swapping songs with these three folks. 8:30 pm show that evening. Come stuff yourself with songs before you stuff yourself with turkey.




Latest stats from last month. 36,989 new cases of COVID. Average deaths 321. Average hospitalizations over that month 3,201. Average number of Americans who got the FIRST booster shot? Just 35%.


No-one, not even celebrities or even the head of the CDC are immune to COVID. The head of the CDC tested positive. Last night on the Amazing Race they eliminated one of their race teams because they were both positive. And Selena Gomez had to cancel her Tonight Show appearance with Jimmy Fallon because she too has COVID.


China now has an aerosol version of the vaccine. No needle. Just inhale.



A new study reveals that two-thirds of Americans would choose steak for a final meal. I might do the same. With a side of mac and cheese. How about you?  I have not seen the numbers yet for those that would choose a protein shake or tofu, and there may be a reason.



Jerry Lee Lewis is not dead folks. News of his death spread all over the social networks before folks found out that’s not true and had to take down their posts. He’s in bad health, but he’s still with us. He was just inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Kris Kristofferson went to his hospital room to give him his official medallion. Deserved.


They’ve done one movie at least on his life. Dennis Quaid played him in that movie. I thought it was okay, but not great. And I’d love to see Baz Luhrmann tackle a movie about Jerry Lee like he did with the recent Elvis movie that was so good.



Guys, when you read this, some of you will smile and nod your head. A guy wrote this about marriage.


“Marriage is sometimes apologizing for stuff you did in your wife’s dream.”



Some experts say we should stop raking leaves. That leaving a cover of leaves on the lawn that decompose is a good thing for our lawns health and growth. Okay then. I have a slightly used rake and leaf blower if anyone is interested.



Get this. Mobile home values are rising at a rate as fast as that of single-family homes. Uh huh. Who knew? I did find out that those pink flamingos, tractor tire sandboxes and blow-up Barbie pools add no value whatsoever.


Maybe that news will make this song Brent Burns and I wrote more popular than ever…” Double Wide In The Sky”. Maybe.



The World Series will start tomorrow evening. Phillies vs Astros. But the biggest news in baseball right now is what Aaron Judge, the Yankee who hit 62 home runs this year, might fetch next year as he is now a free agent. One baseball agent is guessing 500 MILLION dollars. Mamas don’t buy your kid a guitar. Buy them a Louisville Slugger.



It’s all about packing and making sure my ducks are in order for a long 12-hour drive to Sarasota to play Flip Flop Stock with my friend Brent Burns at 6:30 tomorrow evening at the Sun Outdoor RV Center in Sarasota in front of a bunch of beach loving Trop Rock music loving Parrot Heads. So there will be a very short blog tomorrow morning before hitting the road dark and early. This is the beginning of busy run of shows up until Thanksgiving.



Here's the schedule.


Tomorrow Sarasota.


November 1-5- Key West, Florida for the big Parrot Head gathering MOTM.


November 10-12 -Gulf Shores, Alabama for the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival



November 17-Culpepper, VA with “Hits & Grins”


November 19-West Point, VA with “Hits & Grins”


November 23-Listening Room Café Nashville


Details for all of these shows are on my calendar here on the website.


Have a great Friday!


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