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Thursday May 2, 2024

Thursday morning is sneaking in. And it’s going to be a warm one. 86 for the high.



I had a last second call to run over to Billy Blue Records to do an on camera interview with Kristy Cox who’s new album “Let It Burn” is going to be released May 31 complete with a listening party that night at the Station Inn with Kristy and her band.  I’m blessed to have 3 songs on her album one of which they wanted me to talk about with Kristy on camera that they’ll be using to promote the album.



The song is “How Lucky Am I” that I was inspired to write after losing someone I considered to be my second Mom and much more Dean Raymer a couple of years ago. They ask me to give the eulogy, and before that day arrived one of her granddaughters posted a Winnie The Pooh cartoon that said, “How Lucky Am I To Have Had Someone Who Makes Saying Goodbye So Hard”. I mentioned that during the eulogy and then could not forget it.


So I had a songwriting appointment not long after with Jimmy Fortune and Sydni Perry and told them the story and how special this person was in my life. Jimmy wrote a wonderful melody and the three of us I think got the song in a great place. And then Kristy Cox heard it and fell in love with it. So much so that her album was already done but she and the producer Jerry Salley convinced the record label to budget enough to add this song.


So I sat with Kristy yesterday for a bit in a studio in front of a camera and we talked about the song, how much she loves it, and how it impacts me. She told me on camera she can hardly sing it without crying. I know the feeling. Jimmy Fortune actually came in studio and sang harmony with Kristy on this song that I think could be used for some celebrations of life.


I can’t wait for everyone to hear this song. It’s out May 31.




My schedule has relaxed through the end of June and then it’s starts getting crazy again. The only show as of now between now and the end of June will be with Freedom Sings USA in Heyworth, Illinois writing with veterans. That retreat is June 18-20. Myself and 4 other songwriters from Nashville will be there and there’s a free concert the last night where each writer sings the song they wrote earlier in the day with one of our veterans. More details to come on this one.




A psychologist says we need to ditch 4 things to have a happier morning. He suggests that we don’t dive into e-mails right off. Don’t wake up to LOUD alarm clocks. Don’t try to problem solve immediately. And don’t focus on what happened yesterday.


A Doctor is saying if you look after your gut health it will help take care of your brain and immune system as well.


A new vaccine for deadly brain cancer is showing incredible results in clinical trials.



Cher says the reason she dates younger men is because guys her age are cowards…or dead. Yep. You reach a certain age and it’s pretty hard to find someone your own age to date I suppose.


So Cher is living the line Brent Burns and I wrote in our song “Retired” that Ray Stevens recorded when a wealthy cougar who’s dating a guy way younger is asked, “Are you worried about the difference in your age and she said listen, if he dies he dies.”



The next one is rising the night of May 23. The Flower Moon. Named that because flowers are in bloom and it’s the peak of Spring…they say. I’m sure the florist association will be taking out some commercials right?



I was sad to see that rock n roll guitarist and the master of “twang-guitar” Duane Eddy passed away at the age of 86. He had an undeniable guitar sound that I still love hearing. I remember wearing out “Rebel Rouser” when I was young. There was a day when instrumentalist had hits played on the radio. Duane Eddy, Chet Atkins, The Ventures, and others. Those days are long gone now.


When I first started my radio career I played single releases of Duane Eddy, Chet, Lloyd Green on steel guitar, Charlie McCoy on harmonica, Boots Randolph on saxophone, Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, Floyd CramerLast Date” and many others. And we played comedy records as well. Jerry Clower, Archie Campbell, Ray Stevens, and on and on. Times change and musical preferences change as well. Research shows folks want to hear the singers…not the players so much.


Still, it sounds good every time I hear the sound Duane Eddy’s distinctive guitar sound. RIP.



So I came across some health expert showing me how to do a proper wall-squat this morning. Uh…I don’t see me backing up to a wall and squatting somehow. I’ve never gotten over being taught how to do a “squat thrust” during PE class at Elsberry High back home in Missouri. To this day I’m not sure if it’s the word “squat” or “thrust” that made me scratch my head the most.



The New York Mets are looking for a couple of folks to run around in baseball heads as the team mascot. I looked it up. Major League baseball mascots can make as much as 67 to 89,000 dollars per season. So if you want to get in the game, put on a big head and be prepared to sweat.


When I was doing the morning radio show at WUBE in Cincinnati years ago consultants and other folks rebranded the radio station as B-105. Station call letter colors became black and yellow…like in a bumble-BEE. So, of course they wanted a Bee mascot to show up at station events and promotions. An intern that worked with my show…Tanvi Patel got stuck with the job. Today she runs a huge business and travels all around the world. From a bee to a mogul. I saw her a few years ago while doing a show in California where she lives. She came back stage and told me she still had trauma from being that damn bee!  Made me laugh big time.



I’ve never wanted to be a mascot. And for the record, I sure don’t want to be the guy in this danged suit.



Man Says His Emotional Support Alligator Has Gone Missing. And you know the guy is pretty “emotional” about that.



I’m back to the writing table. Today it’s with a wonderful faith-based singer named Andrea Thomas Hand who years ago did pretty well on “The Voice”. We wrote once many years ago so it’s going to be fun to catch up on her life these days and create something musically together.


Have a great Thursday!










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