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STUDIO DAY TODAY...UPCOMING SHOW...COMEBACKS

 Tuesday morning, getting ready for to head to the recording studio with  Brent Burns,  the first of two long days in the studio.

YESTERDAY

My friend Brent got in from Gulf Shores on Southwest at about 9:30 yesterday morning and we worked on 5 songs that we will start recording this afternoon for his next album. Session leader-bass player  Dave Frances  joined us to chart out the songs and help arrange them. We’ve got an all-star band for the first half of this album that includes Dave who’s out on the road playing bass for  Don McClean  these days, along with  Jon Conley  and  Dane Bryant  who play guitar and piano for  Kenny Chesney .  Pat McGrath  is on acoustic who’s played guitar on a ton of hit recording sessions. So this is really going to be a pleasure to be in studio with these guys making some magic on a few songs Brent and I wrote. Looking forward to it.

NEXT SHOW

For me that will be the evening of June 4 at the Grinder House Coffee Shop in Crossville, TN which is less than two hours east of Nashville. It’s a Hits & Grins show with Steve Dean, Victoria Venier and me in this very cool listening room that has great food and of course great coffee. The entire evening will be filmed and available to see on their website. Tickets are available now at  their website . Hoping to see some of you there!

VIRUS NOTES

After the White House and  Fauci  predicted 100 million cases of Coronavirus for Americans this Fall and Winter, a former COVID panel advisor for  Biden  says he sees nothing that will make that a reality.

An article in the New York Times quotes some experts as saying that it’s possible to be infected by COVID as many as 3 or 4 times.

There’s a new study out that says a third of the 1 million lives lost to COVID could have been saved by vaccination.

GOING UP

Microsoft says it will double their budget for employee salaries to allow for inflation. Everything is going up. Good employees are hard to find, harder to keep, so Microsoft is being pro-active trying to retain and keep some of their folks.

With inflation, surely the Dollar General Store is going to have to change its name, right?

GETTING WEIRD

Congress will hold its first public hearing on UFOs in 50 years and probe a possible security threat. Wow. We made to get actor  Will Smith  back in that Independence Day fighter and have him go slap an alien or two.

BEST CITY

U.S. News & World Report just gave us their revised list of best cities to live in. Here’s the top 5, and you’ll probably be surprised at the #1 choice as I was.

5 San Jose CA

4 Boulder Colorado (after being #1 last year)

3 Green Bay, WI (anyone tell them how cold it gets there?)

2 Colorado Springs

And the best city to live in according to the new report is Huntsville, Alabama!

Housing affordability, air quality and quality of life all figure into the decision. Huntsville is home to a minor league team named the  Trash Pandas , so maybe that had something to do with it too.

REAL ID

When they told us we would need a real ID to fly a couple of years ago, or whenever that was, I went and got mine right away. Stood in line. Got it done. Then, we’ve heard nothing about it ever since. I had totally forgotten about it to tell you the truth. Apparently COVID and some extensions delayed anyone needing one. Now they’re telling us we WILL need to produce that REAL ID thing within the next year. We’ll see. Judging by how it’s gone so far? I wouldn’t worry about getting in a big hurry to get one.

SPEAKING OF TRAVELING

January is the cheapest month to travel. It’s 10% cheaper on average than traveling in June. And for an international flight? Surprisingly August offers up the cheapest flights. In fact it’d 20% less to fly overseas in August than it is to fly in December. Who knew? So, book your flights in January or August and take your REAL ID with you.

BEST COMEBACKS

Comedians have those down pat. Here’s three great comebacks in case you ever need to use one yourself.

You’re the reason God made middle fingers.

I’m returning your nose as I found it in my business

Stupidity isn’t a crime so you’re free to go.

TODAY

Off to the studio we go.

Have a great Tuesday!

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