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Thursday February 23, 2023


Hello Thursday morning…and summer…or so it seems. High of 80 today in Music City. Meanwhile there are 850,000 power outages around the country from the snowstorm that’s covering a wide swath of folks. I see a few more folks contemplating moving south once they dig out.


Heck, even Los Angeles is under a winter storm warning.



I finished up a song with Jerry Salley & Victoria Venier yesterday at my publishing company. We had started on this one several weeks ago and got back together to smooth some rough edges and finish it up. If you write a lot of songs you do kind of get to a point where you sense you’ve written something special. And this song that came from a very personal story from Jerry Salley turned out that way. Grateful to be part of this song that has such a strong reminder in it of how important it is to get home and see you folks you love while you can.


I got a little more info on my shows at Dollywood with “Hits & Grins” March 10 and 11 in Pigeon Forge. Steve Dean, Victoria Venier and myself will do 3 shows each day, 40 minutes in length. Show times are 10-2-and 3 pm. The shows are free with your park admission.



I also confirmed that I’ll be back at what will be a more scaled down version of the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg, TN. Again, I’ll be there with “Hits & Grins” but will also do at least one songwriter show with some other songwriters. The dates this year are August 18 & 19. The Gatlinburg Inn will be this year’s host for the festival.




A Chief of Infectious Diseases in Buffalo came out yesterday and said our immunity system and antibodies may keep us safe from COVID even longer than they initially thought. A good thing for sure.


There’s a bill in Idaho that would criminalize giving mRNA vaccines.


A cardiologist claims that more and more young people are having heart attacks. There’s been an increase of that in 25-44 years of age since the pandemic began. The reasons he claims MIGHT be sedentary lifestyles, vaping, poor sleep and or chronic health conditions.



Krispy Kreme just rolled out this bad boy. A Reese’s Krispy Kreme donut. Lord. It’s surely heart healthy right? Don’t tell me any differently.





The FCC is proposing new rules that would make our phone carriers responsible for blocking robo-texts that are “highly likely to be illegal.” Would anyone miss those? No! I wish for every spam I get on my phone or computer that there was a key we could hit that would shoot an electric shock back to the person sending those.



Oh yea, they’re coming in droves to Nashville to sight see, party, and catch some country music. Our airport is starting to look as big as Midway in Chicago with a recent expansion. The tourist folks here just listed the top states that are coming to Music City. They are.


5          Australia

4          Mexico

3          Germany

2          UK

1          Canada


I’m sure most of them are packing moonshine, Goo Goo clusters and cheap cowboy hats into their bags for the return flight home.



Senator Lauren Book in Florida is proposing a bill that would make it illegal for dogs to hang their heads out the windows of moving vehicles. And…if she has her way, declawing a cat would also be illegal. If she does that, then the cat has no way of clawing the dog in the truck letting the dog know what a moron he is for sticking his head out the window. So I’m not sure that has a chance of passing.



One expert says that 39% of all household chores will be done by robots by the year 2023. Right around the corner. Man, we have indeed become the Jetsons haven’t we?



English poet John Wilmot wrote this. “Before I got married I had six theories about children; now I have six children and no theories”.


I’m off to write with my Missouri buddy Wil Nance out at his little songwriting cabin not too far from me. Wil came up with a great merchandising item not too long ago when he printed the lyrics to his smash hit “She’s Everything” that Brad Paisley recorded. And he sells the heck out of these things at his shows. Pretty cool.



Have a great Thursday!


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