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AN IDOL STAR...CHART ACTION...ELVIS LEFT THE CHAPEL

 First day of June and it feels like summer. High of 92 today.

YESTERDAY

My Memorial Day weekend extended through yesterday, the last day of May so it was uneventful. But starting today the calendar will be getting a lot busier. I did spend some time working ahead on a couple of songs and making pre-arrangements for this Saturday night’s show with “ Hits & Grins ” in Crossville, Tennessee at the  Grinder House . 6 pm start for that show which is going to be very fun. I love their intimate listening room, their food, and their coffee and now the room has been reset up from when I was there before where the musicians are placed in the dead center of the room instead of on a stage at the end looking out. My favorite kind of set up. The show is “live” streamed Saturday night, and you can watch the show at their Facebook page link right here. Join us from anywhere!

AMERICAN IDOL

If you watched American Idol this season as we did (and we’re thrilled to see our friend  Hunter Girl  finish second) then you know another young talented girl named  Mackenzie Carpenter   who got one of only 3 platinum tickets from the judges just mysteriously dropped out of the show. And she certainly had a chance to finish near the top or even win the competition. Yesterday Valory Music here in Nashville announced they had signed her to a deal and her first single “Can’t Nobody” is coming out. That conflict may have been what caused her to pull out of the show. I would not be surprised to see her do extremely well.

ON THE CHARTS

I got a nice little “congrats” note from bluegrass artist  Nick Dumas  as his current single “ Details ” that I wrote with  Tim Stafford  and  Becky Buller  continues to do well. It’s at #7 on this week’s Bluegrass Borderline Top 10 and just above it at #5 is the  Grand Ole Circle  song from  Darin & Brooke Aldridge  that I helped those two. Awesome. I think I REALLY like that chart! Congrats to Nick and to Darin & Brooke.

VIRUS NOTES

Up and down with the number of COVID cases. Cases are up nationally, but in New York they’ve seen a decline now for 14 straight days.

While we still worry about COVID cases some are now worried about monkeypox. The WHO came out yesterday saying it’s not LIKELY that monkeypox will become a pandemic like COVID. So, we’ve got that going for us.

Travel industry folks met with White House officials pressing to end requirements that vaccinated international travelers take a test before flying to the United States. Their belief is that restriction is hurting the economy.

DELIVERY FUN

A customer who ordered food on a delivery app left these funny instructions for the driver. “Leave order at the front door of our house apartment. Please notify me. Knock on the door, ring the doorbell. Yodel from the car. Slap me when I’m not looking. Just some notification that in not through the app that fails a lot.”

WHO KNEW?

LA Lifeguards make danged good money. One last year made a half million. More than 90 of them made $200,000 or more. I’d sign up, but nobody needs to see me dressed as a lifeguard. Baywatch I is not.

OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS LESS WET

One analyst says we can expect $5 gallon gas. Great. At the same time word is that US robot orders are up 40% to combat the problem of not being able to combat the labor shortages that continue with inflation. I hope gas stations hire robots to fill up my gas tank, so I get some value added by not having to pump it myself. And for the old schoolers, let’s hope the robot is wearing a Texaco hat when it cleans the windshield.

DISNEY SICK

The new  Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster ride  that recently opened at EPCOT must be intense as they have been passing out barf bags to some who have gotten sick. It’s on my list to do. For whatever reason I can ride any roller coaster and not get sick. But put me on something that spins like those danged Tea Cups at Disney World? There goes that giant turkey leg I paid too much for at Disney World.

ELVIS HAS LEFT THE CHAPEL

The folks who own all the rights to all things “Elvis” have just told Las Vegas they can no longer do Elvis themed weddings. I’m guessing they want to get paid if you use an Elvis impersonator asking, “Aww baby do you take this hound dog to be your lawfully wedded husband?”

SPEAKING OF ELVIS

Tom Hanks is playing  Colonel Tom Parker  in the new  Elvis movie . He’s a busy guy this summer as he will also play the part of  Geppetto , the puppet maker in the Disney  remake of Pinocchio  coming soon. And he looks pretty good in both roles.

A FUNNY MARRIAGE TWEET

This one from a wife who tweeted, “Getting my husband’s attention is easy. I just refer to a screwdriver as a wrench.”

OUCH!

A photographer just won a big photo award for the snapshot he took of two cooks at the Bare Bistro kitchen located in a popular nudist camp. Yes, the chefs were naked…cooking. Pretty sure they were not frying bacon when the snapshot was taken. Pretty sure.

What is it with with the urge to be naked? I dunno. But it does provide good material from time to time.  Bob Karwin  who is an attorney but also plays Trop Rock music sent me and my friends  Brent Burns  a true story about the time he played at the Nudist Olympics in San Diego. He and his band had to wear clothes. It was in the contract. All the other folks playing sports and listening to the band? Not a stitch of clothes on. That led to me and Brent writing his idea into " Suntans in Strange Places " that's on Brent's last album. So thank you "nekkid" folks for the musical inspiration.

TODAY

Back to work. I’m writing a funny song idea I have with my friend  Jerry Salley  who’s busier than ever these days as a producer, writer, entertainer, and the head of Billy Blue & Billy Jam Records. We don’t get to co-write nearly enough because of both of our busy schedules so I’m looking forward to the time with him today.

Have a great Wednesday!

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