Wednesday May 17, 2023
Wednesday morning and I’m back home in Nashville. 81 with a lot of sunshine on tap here today.
Our “Hits & Grins “trio with Steve Dean, Victoria Venier and myself made the 7 hour or so road trip back to Nashville after our show in Canton, Illinois on Monday night. LOTS of two-lane roads on that route, lots of state roads, lots of grain silos, John Deere’s, and open farm land. Looked a lot like the parts of Missouri I grew up in for sure. This was the last of the shows that were booked when we played a showcase for a couple of years ago in Nashville. Here’s to all those venues that booked our show and allowed us to come to your cities to play your beautiful theaters. We hope you’ll invite us back again sometime.
I have a little private thing tonight, and then next up on the calendar is a trip over to Memphis to once again with some other Nashville songwriters to write with our veterans for Freedom Sings USA on June 2 and 3. June is going to be very busy with shows. Just go to the TOUR section on my website to see all of that.
I was sorry to hear that songwriter-artist Jimmy Payne passed away. Such an incredibly nice man. Jimmy grew up in the St. Louis are as I did, and we played some of the same places when we were both young. Jimmy wrote the smash it "Woman Woman" for Gary Puckett and the Union Gap with Jim Glaser and also wrote the number one song "My Eyes Can Only See As Far As You" for Charley Pride. His songs were recorded by dozens of artists. I worked with Jimmy for a week in Branson a few years ago and really enjoyed the time we spent together and hearing his stories. It's safe to say that there was no-one who knew this man that did not like him. His wife passed last year, and now Jimmy joins her again. The picture below was taken at a musical gathering where Jimmy, Linda Davis and myself all sang. And my wife Kathy is also in this picture. What a loss.
A leading Dr. says we need potassium in our bodies. For the average male we should take in 3,400 mg. For women the number is 2,600. Wonder if you can grow a banana tree in Tennessee?
The CDC says the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine is no longer available in the US. All remaining doses expired last week.
Experts are suggesting that regular internet user by older adults could lower their dementia risk.
RV SORT OF
Will this catch on? A camper on the back of a bike? Two guys have built this. You can pedal your camper. I somehow don’t see this catching on with Seniors. Or Juniors. Or anyone who knows about campers you can drive.
SPEAKING OF SENIORS
The script writers on strike in Hollywood. So in the interim that means we’ll be seeing more reality TV shows that don’t require a writer. The latest? A spinoff of the Bachelor series that will be called “Golden Bachelor” and will be what you think it will be. Yep. All contestants will be 65 years of age plus. So every dinner date on the Golden Bachelor will be cheaper because the contestants can get their AARP discount. We probably won’t see a lot of bungee jumping or daredevil dates on this version either. Just a guess.
SPEAKING OF AARP
To tie in with the story above I thought I’d share this funny song I wrote with Brent Burns titled “AARP” that Brent recorded. Listen and you’ll hear my daughter Heather shouting at all the old guys in the recording studio. Fun.
BEST PLACE TO LIVE
The US News & World Report listed their Best Places To Live based on affordability, quality of life etc. Here’s the top 5.
Sarasota, Florida, Boulder, Colorado, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Huntsville, Alabama.
And their number one choice? Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Wonder if the folks who voted have been to Green Bay in January?)
The news just broke that Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning will repeat this year as hosts of the CMA Awards that will air November 8. I have no problem with that as they were fun last year. Here’s their opening monologue from last year in case you missed it. You’ll see why the CMA folks chose them again for this year’s award show.
Comedian Gary Muledeer was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry recently. He makes me laugh like he does lots of other folks. And he likes golf. More importantly he likes to make golf jokes…and he’s got a lot of them. If you’re a golfer you’ll like this GOLFER’S DILMENA joke.
Folks really like coming to Tennessee. How much so? The stats are in. Travelers spent 275 BILLION dollars in our state last year. The honkytonks in Nashville and the Moonshine stores in Gatlinburg thank you.
HEADLINE OF THE DAY
Florida Man Throws Deli Meet At Police Officers, Get Arrested. (The idiot should know that’s just not kosher)
I cancelled a couple of things on my calendar in order to chill out a bit after so much time on the road recently and for some family reasons. So I’m going to just kick back and enjoy the day off.
Have a great Wednesday!
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