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An Anniversary...A Birthday and Bear Songs


Tuesday June 4, 2024


Hello Tuesday morning. Looking for a high of 81 with some rain.


And right off…Happy Anniversary to me and my wife Kathy today. Another year to celebrate. And to say she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me would be a huge understatement. If I only did one thing right in my life…it was marrying her. Love you baby.



I also want to say Happy Birthday to my sweet sister Vickie who is celebrating today as well. Love ya Sis. And I understand the my brother Gary and his wife Kay are celebrating with her today which is very cool.



I wrote a new song with former White House correspondent David Morris yesterday who also writes bluegrass articles, and is bluegrass songwriter himself these days, retired from White House duty. David still lives in northwest Pennsylvania but makes frequent trips to write songs here in Nashville. My joke is if you work a real job long enough you might save enough money to be able to AFFORD being a songwriter these days. David falls into that same basket with me.



Here’s an example of David’s writing on “Something About A Train” that was recorded by Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike a few years ago.


It’s always fun to hear David’s stories, and we had fun bringing a new song to life together yesterday at our publishing company. Good day.



Some of the pre-shows and activities are already underway in Nashville for this year’s CMA Fest. That time of year that locals pretty much avoid going anywhere near downtown as it’s going to be HUGE party again with massive amounts of tourists hitting the shows and festivities. And of course it brings a ton of money into the local economy.



I worked CMA Fest for many many years for radio stations starting back in the day when it was still called Fan Fair and not CMA Fest. Country stars sat at tables under the hot tin roof buildings at the old Tennessee State Fairground for hours signing autographs and shaking their fans hands. When I did the morning radio show at WMIL in Milwaukee we would bring 4 or 5 busloads of fans to the event and then I’d do my show every morning in Nashville where stars would drop by to be interviewed and then play a few tunes for our Milwaukee listeners who made the trip.


I’ve played on some of the CMA Fest shows through the years, and I’ve emceed some of the events. So “been there, done that” would not be an over exaggeration in this case.



These days the events are downtown and the surrounding downtown area and the bigger shows are at our sold out Tennessee Titans football stadium. So welcome country music fans. This year if you’re looking for me, I’ll be at home watching re-runs of Madlock on TV.



20% of new colorectal cancer in 2019 were in younger people under the age of 55 which was up 11% from 1995 according to the American Cancer Society. They think diets higher in fiber might help prevent those numbers from growing more.


Researchers are calling to restrict in flight alcohol on long trips to help prevent heart strain…even in young and healthy passengers.


Other research is showing that chemo before and after surgery could help those battling esophageal cancer.





Dolly Parton is saying she wants to sing her song “Jolene” with Beyonce on this year’s Grammy Awards. Beyonce recorded a “country” album (supposedly) and she recorded Jolene on that project. Dolly says that she did not know that Beyonce was going to change the lyrics a bit. And I still can’t get over that Dolly wrote that song “Jolene” AND “I Will Always Love You” on the same day…by herself!


That would be a must watch performance if the get to do that on the Grammys.



Get this. 55% of 18-24 year old women still live with their parents. 57% of men do as well. Inflation, tuition, high cost of living has increased the numbers.


This may be the best excuse ever from a kid living with his parents.



Disney World is revamping the music for the Country Bear Jamboree, one of the iconic shows at the Magic Kingdom that I’ve seen many times through the years. Can’t get enough of that huge bear singing “Blood On The Saddle” that’s sung by the voice of the late Tex Ritter.



Mac McAnally, one of the most talented dudes in this town, songwriter, singer, producer, guitar player and member of the Coral Reefer Band for Jimmy Buffet was put in charge of producing the new soundtrack we’ll be hearing soon in that attraction. 



AND…I found out that my young friend and co-writer Emily Ann Roberts is doing the singing voice of Trixie The Bear!  How great for her. 


Look for here in this little behind the scenes VIDEO…singing some of the song you’ll hear Trixie sing.



Congrats to Emily!  The recent “Voice” winner and hers and my friend Alex Miller just recorded a duet that will be out later this year that I wrote with them so I’m going to be able to say that Trixie from the country bear Jamboree recorded one of my songs!



Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid who were so funny in the National Lampoon Christmas movie classic “Christmas Vacation” are set to co-star in a new Christmas comedy titled “The Christmas Letter”. Can’t wait. And I’m hoping Cousin Eddy will drive into this movie is his RV with Snots the dog hanging with him.



Plates, Fists, and Bodies Fly At The Latest Waffle House Brawl”. Part of the reason Brent Burns and I wrote this song “Midnight At The Waffle House” that Brent recorded.



I’m going to spend a little quality time with my wife today. Did I mention it’s our anniversary?


Have a great Tuesday!




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