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Wednesday March 8, 2023

Wednesday…hump day…all day. Packing for a trip to Pigeon Forge today. Cooler in Nashville today with a high of just 56.



My writing appointment was with my talented friend BradySeals, related to every celebrity Seal you can name. So talented.


Brady had a fun top 40 hit on the country charts with the first song we ever wrote together several years ago “Been There Drunk That”. So knowing he was on the books I spent some time working on a rocking little beer drinking tune that I thought he might like. He had other plans. Brady told me his next record is going to be a solo project, probably and EP with maybe six songs. He’s already slotted three of our songs to be on it so that was great news. But then told me he need a great love song along the lines of the big hit he helped write for Little Texas when he was a member “My Love”. So, I found a title on my list of possible song ideas, and Brady found a great melody on the piano. And man I’m glad we went that way because it turned out so great that I think there’s a more than good chance that this love song could make his EP as well.


We also talked some about trying to book a date in town to perform together. That would be fun as Brady is such a great entertainer to see “live”. And I always enjoy being on stage with him. So let’s hope that happens. I’ll let you know.




Congrats to my friend Scott Southworth.Country No MatterWhat Country” is a song idea I took to him a few years ago. It’s all about how REAL country is truly “country” no matter what country you’re in. We wrote it, and yesterday that little song went to the number one spot on this little world chart. How about that. Click on the link above and you’ll hear 7 traditional country singers, from 7 different countries singing this song we wrote. Pretty danged cool. 




A new study says that post-COVID chest pains may linger up to a year.


Some new earbuds are going on sale that are designed to detect ear infections and other ailments. Its called “Earhealth”. Hooked up to your cell phone it will let you know what’s going on in your ears.



Speaking of ears. Now there are some headphones you can put on that will get rid of your earwax. I have to do that now and again and the current method is with a syringe filled with warm water that they shoot into your ears. Water runs everywhere, hurts just a little sometimes. But the earphones look much less invasive. I’m going to be checking with my Doctor to see if they’re going to get those in the near future.



Southern Living just named “Tooties Orchid Lounge” the best honkytonk in Tennessee. And we’ve got a few. Lower Broadway is chock full of them going all day and all night seemingly. Tootsies is the can’t miss purple honkytonk that’s been there forever. Legendary stories. The Ryman Auditorium is right out the back door and the Opry stars would often sneak down to get a cold one before they hit the Opry stage, or right after they were on. Willie Nelson once sold one of his iconic songs for next to nothing one night at Tootsies. 



I don’t hang on Lower Broadway. I’ve been there mostly when I was working radio and had something to do there. But one of those “had to do” things was great. I was asked to host and nationwide broadcast for a new Patty Loveless bluegrass CD that was awesome. I sat on her bus behind Tootsie’s before the show and got to know her a bit. Loved her…and still love her singing. She went on stage that night with a great bluegrass band. Travis Tritt called in and sang her praises during our show as did Trisha Yearwood. She sang the songs, and in between I’d interview her and it went out coast to coast. Quite the night at Tennessee’s best honkytonk.




That would be this joke about marriage from the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield who once said, “My wife was afraid of the dark…then she saw me naked. Now she’s afraid of the light”.



Oklahoma has decided it will not legalize the sale of marijuana even though lots of other states have made it legal. That means of course Willie Nelson will stay in Texas and not move to Oklahoma ever. And that also means Merle Haggard’s words in his iconic song still ring true for that state. “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee”. I’m sure it would be more accurate if he sang, “We don’t BUY marijuana in Muskogee”.



Japan is now the first to sell a flying bike that looks like it came straight out of a Star Wars movie. It’s called the XTurismo and it will set you back $550,000. Considering the crazy traffic in Nashville these days, it might be worth it to be able to fly over that to some of my writing appointments like the one I have this morning that will take me through standstill traffic to get to Music Row. 



I think I’ll start a Go Fund Me campaign today.



How about this great “out of the box” thinking from a man in Oregon who got caught in snowstorm in an area where he had no cell phone service and needed help. What to do?  Well, this guy just happens to have a mini drone in his car so he texts a note to a friend of his, ties the cell phone to the drone and then flies the drone high enough to make a connection with his friend. Friend comes and pulls him out. Pretty danged clever. Makes you want to put a drone in the back seat don’t it?



I’m writing with Emily Ann Roberts for the first time in a long while and we’re writing at Reba’s place on Music Row Starstruck. You might remember that Emily was on “Team Blake” on “The Voice” in 2015 and took second place that year. Since then she’s signed a deal with Starstruck records (Reba’s label) which is why we’re writing in Reba’s little shack on Music Row today. She’s sung on the Opry and all over the world.


Emily is also part of a great girl gospel group “High Road” and they’re on the Daywind Record label which is part of the company I write songs for. 



The last time I wrote with Emily she was still young enough that her Dad had to drive her in from Knoxville for her songwriting appointments. Looking forward to rhyming with an all grown up Emily today.



Have a great Wednesday!






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