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Another Radio Interview...Christmas Song...Pig N Ford Racing

 BILL BLOG

Wednesday July 22, 2022


Smack dab in the middle of the week. Wednesday. 99 degree high today here folks. Toasty.

 

YESTERDAY

Full day that started with a radio interview in Bowling Green, Missouri at the radio station where I started a radio career way back. The station is now KJFM The Eagle, back then it was KPCR Radio. The radio station now is still housed in that red brick barn where I worked for several years a kid right smack dab in the middle of a cow-pasture. Marianne Everhart was kind enough to record an interview with me that they will now air in different time slots to help promote the 50th Anniversary of “Mo Mo” the Missouri Monster that I will be part of July 1 in Louisiana, Missouri with a 7 pm concert. Looking very forward to that. Tickets are selling well from what I hear so we should have a great crowd. All the info is in the “calendar” section here on my website.

 

CHRISTMAS

Moments after I hung up with Marianne, I was online with my Maryland friend Rick Lang who recently sold his exotic lumber company after owning in many years. And now he too can afford to be a songwriter, and that’s what he’s doing. He concentrates on the bluegrass world and has already had a lot of cuts, and an album “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout” filled with his songs that received a Grammy nomination the year it came out.

 

The record label that’s part of the publishing company I write for Billy Blue is putting together a Christmas album this year that will feature several Billy Blue recording artists. So yesterday we wrote an up-tempo Christmas tune to pitch towards that project.  Another one they’ll add to the pile of other songs that have been pitched to them. Fingers crossed.

 

BASEBALL

Then last night I caught a little baseball and watched our Triple A team the Nashville Sounds play the Braves Triple A team from Gwinnett, GA. Humid night at the ballyard but that’s just summer baseball. And speaking of baseball. 

 

I want to congratulate my friends Ayla Brown and Rob Bellamy. I’ve written a lot of songs with both through the years and both Ayla and Rob have recorded songs of mine that I’ve co-written with them.  Here’s one example of that.  Both lived here in Nashville for years before Ayla accepted a big-time morning radio show back in Boston where she’s from. The two of them married last year and Ayla is VERY pregnant right now.

 

Last night the two of them stood near Homeplate at historic Fenway Park in Boston and slayed our National Anthem. What an honor. So congrats to both of them. So happy to see good friends doing so well.

 

VIRUS NOTES

Chris Stapleton has had to cancel a few shows for a reason you can guess. COVID. And Martha Stewart is now down with it as well.

 

The New England Journal of Medicine printed an article that states natural immunity is far more effective against COVID than multiple vaccinations. With more evidence leaning this direction, one would think that natural immunity would be as accepted as a vaccination card for traveling purposes. You’d think.

 

Meanwhile, shots are available for our youngest. That started yesterday. Early reports are that at least for now the numbers are low for parents showing up with their 5 and under kids to get a shot.

 

FAIRS

Fair season is on us. With that comes every kind of fried food you can think of, demolition derbies and some of the oddest events on could imagine. Pig racing still rules at some fairs. But in Oregon they have combined pigs WITH racing cars. At the Tillamook County Fair they have something called the Pig-N-Ford race. A pig is in every car with every driver as they race and hold a pig.  I would have loved to have been at the Fair Board meeting there when someone spoke up to say, “you know what would really be a cool event”? 

 

SPEAKING OF FAIR TYPE FOOD

Krispy Kreme just announced they are selling Krispy Kreme GLAZED ice cream at several locations in Nashville. One not that far from me. I may have to pull over after my writing appointment today. One of the toppings you can choose is dehydrated glazed donut pieces. Shakes, cones, and cups. Don’t worry, I’ll ask for the gluten-calorie free version of it. Right.

 

ADD WATER

Meanwhile, over in Sevierville, Tennessee, Dolly’s hometown near the Smokies, the water park Tennessee Soaky Mountain Water Park has just added a huge water-COASTER. You get in a tube up on top of the slide 70 feet high and drop 3 stories in a heartbeat. I like REAL roller coasters, but add water?  Not so much. Think of how SEVERE that wedgie would be! 

 

GAS

It’s going to be an expensive 4th of July driving weekend coming up with gas prices still in the nose-bleed section. They’re saying that most of us will still travel and do what we’re used to doing on Independence Day. But surely there will be some who choose to throw up bottle rockets in their own backyard as opposed to driving several miles to a big celebration.

 

It’s affected what lots of folks do for a living, and that certainly includes those trying to make music for a living too. It particularly affects those friends of mine who do a lot of house concerts or smaller shows in general. At that level one doesn’t make a lot of money to begin with, and now it costs more than double to get there.  For every problem though there’s those that think creatively. I have a friend in the Trop Rock world, “Sunny Jim” who took a plastic gas can, cut a hole out in the top and now sits it up on a stool with a sign that reads “gas tip” money. If he's lucky, folks will tip enough to cover what he’s losing in the drive to get to those smaller shows.

 

SOME TRUTH IN THIS JOKE

From Erma Bombeck who once wrote, It seems I have spent a lifetime of mouthing mechanically, say thank you, sit up straight. Use your napkin. Close your mouth when you chew. Don’t lean back in your chair. Just when I finally got my husband squared away, the kids came along.”

 

TODAY

Off to write with Mark Hauser who’s driving over from the Crossville, TN area with a young duo named Caleb & Leann and we’ll write together for the first time. Caleb and Leann are getting ready to record their first album with a major producer and I’m hoping we’ll be able to add something to the stack of songs for consideration for this project.

 

Have a great Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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