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Tuesday October 25, 2022


Tuesday morning coming at us with some rain on tap in Nashville along with a possible severe thunderstorm. Mid 70’s here today.



Monday was a day of unpacking and resetting for what might be the longest road trip I’ve ever had since my band days way back then. It begins this Friday with a stop in Sarasota for a show then on to Key West, Gulf Shores and finally 2 shows in Virginia before the calendar empties for the rest of the year just before Thanksgiving and Christmas. I got out and enjoyed a bit of the 80-degree sunny day which was gorgeous here in middle Tennessee. And I got in a very long nap as I was wiped out after the 8-hour trip home from Port St. Joe to Nashville on Sunday. And there’s a lot more road ahead starting dark and early Friday.



I should name this concert run I’m on because it’s a dandy. The first one is indeed in Sarasota, and it’s called Flip Flop Stock. A 2-day event featuring a whole bunch of folks who love playing “beach” Trop-Rock music, and there will be a large crowd of folks who LOVE that kind of music out-front at the Sun Outdoors RV Center.  


A lot of the fans are on a run following my friend Donny Brewer and his annual Karavan to Key West and the huge Meeting of the Minds festival there the first week of October, and a lot of them are traveling in RV’s. This event is open to the public, and more info is available at the link above. 


Brent Burns and I will be doing a show together for this event Friday night.




A COVID-19 vaccine study has now linked side effects with greater antibody response. You get sick, but then you get the payoff of greater antibody responses…they say. And if I read this right, that means we need to root for getting sick after a shot.


A team of scientists associated with Duke University claim that ivermectin does not meaningful improve the recovery of people with mild to moderate COVID.


And now a top Fed official is saying that the booster shot may not last until next Fall. That in fact, you may need to get yet another one before then.



Only 6 days to Halloween. Because of where we live, we’ve never had a trick or treater at our door. But the folks at the songwriters festival I just played in Port St. Joe, Florida gave every songwriter a bag filled with goodies. At the bottom of the bag?  Some candy. So, I’ll be recycling if anyone hollers “trick or treat” at the door.


Again, Halloween is my least favorite of the holidays. Since our daughter is grown, we don’t even go to a pumpkin patch. Or carve a pumpkin. And so far this season, I’ve eaten nothin’ with pumpkin’ in it or on it.  And no, we don’t put a skeleton or anything scary in the yard. But some folks go crazy like these homeowners in Minneapolis who put up a scary comedy club in their front yard. Nothing scarier I suppose than a stand-up skeleton comedian.



In Russia a company will bury you alive, and then dig you up for fee. They say it will give you a renewed “lust” for life. Uh huh. Meanwhile the buriers pocket $57,000 for putting you six feet under for a while. BUT…they do give you the coffin, so you got that going for you. Think I’m going to pass.


I think I’ll start a company with David Copperfield that charges folks to be cremated and then he’ll magically make your reappear. You’ll have to sign a waiver first that will absolve my company from being sued in case it doesn’t work.



A wife tweeted this about marriage. “It’s amazing how my husband doesn’t want me touching his new MacBook Pro because he thinks I’ll drop it, but he’s totally cool with me picking up our kids”. And yes, you get to keep the urn in case it doesn’t work.



The good news is gas prices are coming down some. The bad news is that heating oil for the winter is going to jump. It’s going to cost us more to keep warm. I lived in a home when I was young with my brothers and sisters, Mom, and Dad, where the entire house was fueled by wood stoves. Even the kitchen stove was fired up with wood. That meant we cut wood, we split wood, we had an axe, a chainsaw and crosscut saw. We stacked the wood on a back porch. So we didn’t pay for heat, we worked to get heat. Seems romantic looking back at it, but I’m pretty sure I’ll just go ahead and pay the extra cost to the heating folks, or I’ll turn the thermostat down. I just can’t see my buying flannel shirts and going Paul Bunyan again…ever.



Officer: “I have an interesting case here. A woman just shot her husband for walking on the floor she just mopped.”


Captain: “Have you arrested the woman?”


Officer: “Not yet. The floor is still wet.”



California Weed Company Sued Over Not Getting Pot Smoker High Enough.


So my question is, if the company puts adds more pot to get its customers higher, will the lawsuit go up in smoke?  



Maybe a sign that electric vehicles will rule the road someday. The $107,00 Sierra EV Denali pickup just sold completely out in 15 minutes when they offered it up for sale. Cool. But WHO are these people that will lay down 107,000 bucks for a PICKUP truck?! I can only guess it’s the same folks who just sued a weed company for not getting them high enough. 



I’m back in the writing room with my young friend from Kentucky, and former American Idol star Alex Miller. Alex is in town putting the finishing touches of his sophomore project for Billy Blue Records that will include a new song he and I wrote with our friend Josh Shilling. Love this song and can’t wait to share it here soon. Here’s to creating something else we like as much as that song.


Have a great Tuesday!




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