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Thursday March 30, 2023


Thursday morning and it’s time to pack for another road trip. Sunshine and 72 for a high today.



With no writing appointment yesterday I had zero excuse for not getting out and helping trim shrubs and pick up leaves and doing a little landscaping. Remind me to never not have a writing appointment. If I ranked the things I hate doing most, lawn work would be somewhere near the top. Today I’m finally getting estimates for how much it will cost me to asphalt the entire lawn and the beds that grow weeds. They’ll be calling me a lawn pioneer once it’s done, and my back will thank me. But it was a beautiful day in Nashville…and today is Opening Day for baseball!



My friend Brady Seals has been in the recording studio a bunch. The former member of Little Texas and Hot Apple Pie is one of the most creative guys in this town for my money and sings his tail off. So he tells for his solo album the first single will be “Deeper Shade of Blue Collar” that we wrote together after my wife Kathy came up with that title. Awesome. And it gets better.



Yesterday he sent me a copy of what will be the first single for his duo “Seals & Crofts 2”… a song we also co-wrote several years ago. They sing the heck out it!  Lua’s Father was Dash Crofts, Brady’s family of Seals include Jim Seals, the other half of the incredible duo “Seals and Croft”. Brady and Lua do shows together across the country and got the blessing of her Dad to form this duo and perform some of those wonderful old Seals and Crofts songs like “Diamond Girl” as well as performing some of their own songs. I’m just honored to have the first single off BOTH of these great upcoming albums. Yesterday is what you would call a really GOOD day in the music business!



Happy to be making a trip to Waynesville, Ohio in September with our “Evening in the Round” show with Linda Davis and Lang Scott at the “Keepin’ Country Farm” hosted by Richard Lynch and his wife. We do a couple of shows that evening before Richard and his great band close out the show. 



Very cool looking place that’s about 45 minutes north of Cincinnati where I worked on air doing the morning show at WUBE Radio. I’m hoping some folks who used to listen will make the trip up and catch our show.  Get your tickets!




The Senate voted 68-23 to end the Covid Emergency. Things are improving.


At the same time the WHO has revised its vaccine advice and is now saying healthy kids and teens are at low risk for COVID and may not need a shot.


AND…the WHO is also saying adults don’t need annual COVID boosters.



A wife posted this online: “Yesterday my husband thought he saw a cockroach in the kitchen. He sprayed everything down and cleaned thoroughly. Today I’m putting the cockroach in the bathroom”.



The Academy of Country Music Awards Show is coming up Thursday night May 11. A couple of years ago the show was dropped by the network that carried it, ABC I think, because of low ratings. The show is now streamed on Prime and the folks producing the show have done some creative things to help it rebound. First, the show will be coming from of all places, Frisco, Texas at the Ford Center. Different. And more importantly this year’s show will feature a couple of A List stars. Garth and Dolly are going to host. That alone should help draw a few more eyes to the show.



I’ve covered several of the ACM Awards shows through my broadcast career. One year we broadcast from Universal Studios in Hollywood which was fun. But my favorite was when we did it from the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel which is where they hosted the first ever Oscars back in the day. Very fun shows to do as our guest that dropped by were a mix of Hollywood stars and country stars. I still have a book that actor Jim Backus who played Thurston Howell on Gilligan’s Island signed for me as “Mr. Magoo”. He was the voice of that iconic cartoon character. So I’m glad to see some cool creative changes coming to the awards show that will help it gain a few more eyeballs to the show. 




The online publication Motherhood-Life Balance listed a bunch of things that will disappear when we Baby Boomers are gone. On the list?


China cabinets, smoking, writing checks, suits for work (hooray), newspapers and college. Not on their list but I’m hoping those Croc shoes will also disappear.


Speaking of Baby Boomer, check out this song Brent Burns recorded titled “Baby Boomers” that we wrote together. If you remember the things listed in this song then you too would be a “Boomer”.



I’m a Disney fan BUT Nathan Firesheets, and engineer from Atlanta is REALLY a Disney fan. Get this. He just rode every ride in every Disney park in the world in 12 days! That’s 216 rides in 12 parks in 4 different countries. And his total cost was $12,000. That part is pretty amazing as well knowing the cost of park admissions, hotels, flights, rental cars etc. I guess “It’s A Small World” after all huh?



Baseball! First pitches for real. My Reds play the Pirates in Cincinnati at 4:30 today so I see myself on the couch. The new pitch clock has shortened games…a really good thing. I can’t wait to see how much quicker it is today. And if you're a baseball fan, try and get to Cincinnati on an Opening Day. Nothing like it. There's a huge parade that I've had the pleasure of being in many times that draws huge crowds before the game. A lot of work skipping and school skipping for sure as it's a holiday basically in the Queen City.  Nothing says Spring to me more than baseball starting up. 




I have an appointment with my publisher to go over some songs that I’ve turned in lately. Then it’s time to pack for a trip to Stephens City, Virginia tomorrow morning, bout a 9-hour drive for my show with Linda Davis and Lang Scott Saturday night that we’re looking forward to before I put my feet up and watch some Opening Day baseball games.


Have a great Thursday.




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