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Wednesday January 4, 2023


The first “Hump Day” in the New Year is on us. Rain has finally stopped soaking Music City and we have a high of 63 on tap for today.



We got a ton more rain yesterday morning which made running around and doing some errands great fun. Eyes open for big pools of standing water you could stock fish in. Yesterday evening I got on my computer and wrote a new song with Darin & Brooke Aldridge with them on their computers from their home in North Carolina. Brooke had a title and an idea that turned into a gospel-grass song by the time we finished it, thought it started down a different road initially. That’s not a bad thing since the two of them are planning on recording a gospel-grass album sometime this year. So who knows. Maybe this one will be on that record. We’ll see. 




It kind of snuck up on me, but I’ve got quite the busy week coming up next week with three shows on the road.


First, I play this Monday night January 9 with Linda Davis and Lang Scott as our “Evening in the Round Show will play at the Bertha FrankPerforming Arts Center in Morton, Illinois. A 7 pm show. We hit the road this Sunday for that show and return home Tuesday evening. 



Then Thursday morning January 12  I’m on a plane to Lodi, California for a “Hits & Grins” show with Steve Dean & Victoria Venier. 7 pm show at the Performing Arts Center there.


And Saturday night January 14 I’ll play with “Hits & Grins” at the Redondo Union High School Auditorium in Redondo Beach, California. 7 pm show.



So that Christmas lull is officially over. Back on the road again.



I want to put a spotlight today on one of the early songs I wrote with my friend Jerry Salley If That’s What Love Was”. Jerry was producing a “country” artist who falls into a George Strait category who was looking for songs for a new project Jerry was going to produce. I had that title, Jerry loved it, and then he played it for Roo Arcus his artist from Australia, and Roo loved it enough to record the song. It got all the way up to #2 on the Australian Country Charts the year it was released as a single and was acclaimed by one country music publication as one of the best songs of the year. Cool.


I had a chance to meet Roo who was in town one year for the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville and we sat down and shared a drink or two overlooking the Nashville skyline. Roo is a real cowboy rancher in Australia, so again he has shades of George Strait in him. Thank you Roo for recording our song and putting us on the country map down under my friend.




The medical director of infection prevention at Mt. Sinai says people are getting sick with respiratory illnesses but are testing negative for both COVID and the flu. All kinds of sick going on right now.


Our state department is openly asking China to be more transparent on the current COVID-19 surge and the virus origin.


Some school districts are bringing back mask requirements trying to stem the spread of COVID…again.



Everyone is hoping to hear good news on that young Buffalo Bills football player who is still in critical condition in a Cincinnati hospital after suffering cardiac arrest on the field during the Monday night football game between the Bengals and the Bills forcing the game to be cancelled.


A lot has been said. Medical experts have weighed in. Folks are praying across the country for this young man. And that’s one of the things that I really noticed…the outpouring of love nationwide for Daman Hamlin. 


I tire easily of folks who want to dwell on the negative. Always ready to think the worse of humanity. An event like this shows that to not be true. And it’s a great reminder that when you get down to it, folks are pretty kind. And humanity is far from lost. The way the Cincinnati crowd reacted with “love” for this young man, the solemn tone from hardened sportscasters and football fans everywhere has been one of the positives that’s shown itself during this horrible incident. May he get well soon.


And if you’ve not seen this, this is as powerful as it gets. ESPN sports reporter Dan Orlovsky saying a prayer on set on national TV for Damar. Something you do not see a lot as networks are never encouraging talent to do this kind of thing. But it’s powerful, from the heart and it’s justpretty danged awesome.



A wife tweeted this. “The beer is delicious!” is not the right thing to shout out the window when the husband is shoveling snow. True.



Once again a clerk let me down and sold me a LOSING Mega Millions ticket that was worth 785 million last night. The good news is nobody won. So this weekend? It’s up to an astonishing 940 MILLION. So that clerk is going to get a second chance to do the right thing.


One of my favorite takes on playing the lotto comes from funny man James Gregory. Watch and listen to what he says about winning.



Someone wrote of the George Santos admitted lies, “His lies could fill a CVS receipt”.



“Man Forgets Wife At Rest Stop, Drives 100 Miles Before Realizing It.” No word yet on whether he ever turned around to get her.



I’m writing with Adam Pope today, he of Adam and Amy Pope a husband-and-wife duo. Amy is a bit under the weather, so she won’t be able to join in so we’ll miss her. This duo has already recorded a couple of songs of mine, one of them a single “Tonight I’m Playing Patsy” that came from an idea Adam had. I’m hoping we come up with something that good again today!


Have a great Wednesday.






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