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Monday February 13, 2023


Monday morning. Valentine Eve! 65 with sun here in Nashville today. Not bad.


Mine started Friday morning with a co-write with Katrina Burgoyne from Australia recently who is a ball of energy and so much fun to write songs with. She had played a show in Louisville the night before and had to get up early to write with me. So I brought a fun “edgy” girl song, the kind she likes, and between the coffee and the subject matter time flew and we walked out with a new song we both like.


This new song is titled “Stones”…and Katrina loved it so much that first thing she did when she got home was upload part of the song on TikTok…and it’s blowing up with a TON of likes and a TON of comments from folks who love it. We might be on to something with this little saucy tune.




I went to a Sports Bar on Friday night. You know, the kind with 10 big screens all showing sporting events. Now THIS is how slow the sports scene was on Friday night as THIS was on the big screen directly in front of me. 



Harness racing?  Was there no cornhole, pickleball or synchronize swimming available??



But Sunday made up for the Uber-Equine racing thing I had to endure because the Super Bowl was on and it was a dandy. Right down to the wire. Congrats to the Chiefs. Proof again that Patrick Mahomes is a ridiculous great QB even when hobbling on an ankle injury. Totally enjoyed the game


Chris Stapleton and the late Whitney Houston now own the best national anthem renditions ever. Chris just slayed it last night. Not bad for a former bluegrass band singer. Guy can sing the phone book. I still hold Whitney at #1 for best performance, but Chris is easily in the running now for best anthem singer at the Super Bowl ever.



The commercials were fun, not as good as I thought they’d be, but still entertaining. My personal favorite was the Bradley Cooper-MomT-Mobile commercial where it looks like they did away with their plan and went with the outtakes…and it worked…or at least it made me laugh. And I did like the Dunkin Donut spot with Ben Affleck and J-Lo as well.



I want to post this one more time as this song I wrote with Josh Shilling Deeper In Love” is now officially out there as the new single for the young bluegrass artist-fiddle player Carley Arrowood. She and the musicians truly did our song justice and I’m proud to be a co-writer on this bad boy.




I want to say congrats to my friend Darin & Brooke Aldridge who got to sing the anthem right before the North Carolina basketball game this weekend. Darin in particular is a huge North Carolina fan so it was a dream come true for him and my other co-writer Brooke. The two of them are lifelong Carolina natives. The two of them proved. Chris Stapleton is not the only one who can do that. 



And look at that famous North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams just over their shoulders in this picture! 




Three large health systems released new data saying only a small percentage of young people are getting the new booster shot. And they are not becoming ill, and hospitals are not overwhelmed.


At the same time the CDC now classify COVID shots “routine” for both kids and adults.


The Biden administration will end the COVID health emergency on May 11. That means getting a test or a shot will start costing more and more for those that want them.






In Britain McDonald’s put up a sign advertising their McCrispy sandwich. They took it down. Why? They had placed it right across the street from a Crematorium. It was tasteless folks said. Not the sandwich…the sign.



I’m thinking it’s a great time to be in the balloon business. You go buy one or two, blow them up, the float away and get shot down which means you have to go back and buy more!  Brilliant.


Not a good time to float a balloon folks.



Amazing technology from a company called Light Field. Check out their floating talking hologram. I can see Disney using this technology in the future at some of their attractions. Maybe that will make crazy high-ticket price their seem worthwhile…or not.



I’m getting a tad excited as Spring Training baseball is just a couple of weeks away. This year at Spring Training camps in Arizona and Florida, pitchers will be allowed to wear wrist device on the mound that will allow them to signal the catcher and tell him what pitch he’s going to throw. Pitcher’s choice if you will. That should help eliminate that “WTF”?! look the catcher gives the pitcher when he gets crossed up.


Which reminds me of Bob Uecker’s great line about catching knuckleball pitchers like Phil Niekro. Bob says he would just wait until the ball stopped rolling and go pick it up.



I’ll be in Benton, Arkansas this Friday, and Saturday with the organization Freedom Sings USA where myself, Wood Newton, Steve Dean, Bobby Tomberlin, and Don Goodman will each sit down with a veteran, listen to their very personal stories, and then write those into a song that will be performed “live” on Saturday night. That’s open to the public if you’re anywhere near. I can’t tell you how moving an experience that is every single time. Our veteran sits right beside us as we introduce them, visit with them, and then sing THEIR song before the audience to honor them and their service to our country. So proud to be a small part of this wonderful organization that recognizes and honors those who gave so much.




Woman Gets Stuck In Garbage Bin After Wild Night Out.  Uh huh. Hence the expression, “she got trashed”.



My writing appointment cancelled out today so I’m going to try and get out and enjoy the great weather here today.


Have a great Monday!







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