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Arrived In Gulf Shores...Frank Brown Songwriters Festival...CMA Tonight


Wednesday November 9, 2022


And a good Wednesday morning to you from Gulf Shores, Alabama. Just 72 here for a high today.



I left the Villages in Central Florida after getting to spend some time with my brother Gary and sister-in-law Kay and drove six and a half hours or so to Gulf Shores, Alabama which is home to the 2-week Frank Brown Songwriters Festival. I’ll have 4 shows here this year, details on that at the end of today’s blog. 


About 4 hours out from Gulf Shores I called my friend Brent Burns who was to play the first show with me tomorrow, and I was going to bunk with him for two days. Change of plans as Brent is down with the danged flu. So I did some scrambling and the folks here at the festival managed to get me into a three bedroom home two days early before my “Hits & Grins” trio with Steve Dean & Victoria Venier arrive Thursday evening. Awesome. My thanks to Bobby Perry and Lori Mulcahy for working very hard to make that happen.


Brent will have to miss our Thursday show at 5 pm, so they've replaced him with Trick Savage, whom I've never met. So it should be an interesting show.



I got in a little early for check in time, so I stopped at one of my favorite places for lunch, the Shrimp Basket. Fried whitefish and red beans and rice. Geez. So good. I sent my brother a picture as he suggested I try the whitefish. And now neither of us order the shrimp any longer. (And you can see from the picture how much my brother and I love HEALTH food) Try it…you’ll thank us. From there I made a grocery stop and stocked up on the essentials. Beer and coffee and then got settled into this beautiful unit where I’ll be until Sunday. 




Looks like I left Florida just in time as another hurricane is brewing. Two Orlando airports are shut down today. Palm County has evacuation orders. They expect power outages, high wind (again) and flooding. I’m starting to think having a generator in Florida is not optional, but standard. Hoping for the best there.



They arrested a guy in Franklin, Tennessee (just south of Nashville) for driving drunk in a Chik-fil-A parking lot. Uh huh. Franklin is a very upscale neighborhood but there’s no law preventing rednecks from entering. Chik-fil-A’s slogan is “Eat More Chicken”. The new sign in their parking lot this morning may read, “Drink More Water”.



At the Ft. Lauderdale airport security found a chicken stuffed with a gun. I’m trying to find out if it was a rooster. Because if it is, it could be labeled the Glock Cock.



The survey that just revealed half of all Americans think their jobs “negatively affect” their health. Nothing beats having a job that you love. A job that doesn’t feel like a job. Man, I wish that for everyone. I’ve been blessed to be one of those who found what they love very early in life, married it, and I’m still doing it. Not because I’m being paid sometimes, but because it’s what I love doing. I realized this weekend in a conversation with my brother and sister-in-law who have been retired several years now, that I am retired. I’m just doing what I love to do.


Like the rest of the country music world I was saddened to her of the passing of Jeff Cook, the longtime guitar player for Alabama. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012 and then stopped touring in 2018 because of his diagnoses. Fiddle, guitar, harmony, and a rock-solid member of the Hall of Fame group. He was 73. RIP.



Man, I was a big fan of the NBC series “Night Court”. So I’m happy to see they are bringing it back with an all-new cast with the exception of John Laroquette who played the part of a lawyer in Judge Stone’s crazy night court. Harry Anderson, the comedian who died a few years ago of course will not be the judge. It will be his character’s daughter who will now hold the gavel over the funny insanity of those court cases. I’m in…I’ll watch. Or at least check it out. 


And while they’re at it, can they redo the comedy series “Cheers” again?



In REAL courtrooms there are some funny conversations. Here’s one that made me laugh.


A defendant in traffic court says, “I did stop. I counted to 3 and then I went.”


The judge replies after seeing the video of the defendant running the stop sign, “Well, I’ll tell you what. I’m going to count to 3, and then I’m going to find you guilty.”



I don’t want to be fishing anywhere and have a shark jump onto my boat. Nope. Don’t want it. Did you see this? I think I'll stick to laying out on the sand.



How about archaeologists uncovering a tunnel in Egypt that they think may lead them to Cleopatra? Cool. Already Geraldo Rivera has said he thinks it will lead to Al Capone’s body. We’ll see.


I’ve got the day free, so I’ll try to enjoy the water and sun.  Where’s my SPF?


 Then tonight Peyton Manning and Luke Bryan will host the CMA Awards. I’ll be sitting on a couch here in Gulf Shores posting my thoughts and reactions as I do yearly. Follow along on Facebook if you’d like. It gets pretty stupid, and sometimes funny.


The four shows I'm involved with here at the Frank Brown Songwriters festival begins. Here's my schedule this year.


Tomorrow, November 10 I have 2 shows.

A 5 pm show with Trick Savage at the Woodside Restaurant.

A 10 pm show with "Hits & Grins" at the Florabama Main Listening Room.

Friday November 11 a 7 pm "Hits & Grins" show at the Perdido Beach Resort.

Saturday a 6 pm show at Lulu's with Victoria Venier and Brent Burns.


Have a great Wednesday!


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