Monday October 10, 2022
Monday morning and I’m on the road home to Nashville. Happy Columbus Day!
Brent Burns and I played to a sold-out crowd of folks at the Sunset Cork Room in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Goodness. If you’re ever in Gulf Shores, check out the Cork Room. Great wine and food in an intimate atmosphere. The two of us had such a great time entertaining old friends and new friends who bought tickets, had dinner, and sang along and laughed with the two of us. We sang a lot of the crowd favorites that we’ve written together, “Retired”, “Jim Cantore”, “Ugly Early”. But each of us sang a few new songs for those who have seen our little duo act a few times. Brent sang on of the songs off his new album coming out soon. The album is titled “Lot of Beaches to Go” and he sang the song “Dead Peoples Clothes” that had them rolling. And I got to sing the latest song that I wrote with an 85-year-old veteran recently in Little Rock titled “KP Duty”. There was a lot of laughter and storytelling through the show including how Brent got on the Hee Haw show back in the day, and I got to tell the story about how a Missouri State Representative gave me a plaque for my first record ever “Mo Mo The Missouri Monster” when I made that trip to Louisiana, Missouri to sing that now 50-year-old song. See what you missed?
My thanks to Nina Martin who owns the Cork Room for her hospitality and for allowing us on fairly short notice to entertain in her great venue. We’ll do it again somewhere down the road I’m sure.
On another postcard day here in Gulf Shores, my buddy Brent played at the big Shrimp Festival down by the water. This festival has been around for a ton of years, but it’s the first time they’ve held it in two years as it was shut down for COVID concerns for the past two years. The festival folks I met asked me to introduce Brent, so I had some fun with that as Brent was the first entertainer of the day. And it was fun for me to look out at the crowd sitting on the asphalt in their lawn chairs reacting to a lot of the songs we’ve written together through the years. And to hear them singing along to the lyrics? Even more fun.
Sunday evening we had a great turnout at the Peoples Room in Mobile where I did a comedy show with Juanita Smith, our third time playing this great listening room owned by Jim Pennington. I took my friend Brent Burns with me, and he got up and did a song from his new album that will be out in a few weeks called “Dead People’s Clothes” that went over like gangbusters. Look for them to book Brent into that room very soon.
Juanita is so funny. She started doing comedy after she lost her husband several years ago and she just keeps getting better every time I see.
My thanks to Jim for having us again, and to all of you who bought your tickets and and supported us. We appreciate ya!
And thank you Mary Van Antwerp for snapping these pictures from the show last night.
A microbiology professor believes that a new Omicron subvariant BQ.1.1 might be immune from Covid drugs. (I can’t keep up with the variants, much less SUB-variants)
One school system in Oregon just fired three teachers for not being vaccinated or fill out religious exemption forms. And they’re short teachers.
And I am thinking about my sister Vickie who has COVID for the first time despite being vaccinated. Hopefully it’s just a mild case sis. Get better quick!
Here’s the interview that I did with Rick Moore of “Nashville Guide” a few weeks ago. The article is titled “Bill Whyte talks Trop-Rock, SongwriterSurvival, and Being Born Motivated”. Check it out by clicking on the link. And thank you Rick for the nice interview.
MY KIND OF RACE
Now, I might sign up for this race they hold in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to raise money for the Harrisburg River Rescue there. Your entry fee if like $10 to walk-run 1/3rd of a mile. You are given a beer before you start that REALLY LONG walk, and halfway through you’re given a donut for a carbo-reload. Too funny. Where do I sign up for that bad boy?
SPEAKING OF DONUTS
Who knew that one makeup treatment for women was called “Glazed Donut Skin”? A shiny face that reminds you a glazed donut. Me? I’m more into the Sun-Maid Raisin skin look.
Uh oh. I’ll be looking for more boxes on my front doorstep soon as Amazon Prime is having their second Prime Day of the year. That will be this week on October 11 & 12. Maybe I’ll take advantage of the deal they have on chia pets. I mean, who would not want this lovely Donald Trump Chia Pet complete with a seed pack?
Which reminds me. My comedian-songstress friend Kacey Jones passed away from cancer a few years back. Gosh she was funny and very witty. She recorded a song that Brent Burns and I wrote, “Kenny Rogers Face”. She and I actually re-wrote the song a bit for her album that was titled “Donald Trump’sHair”. Only Kacey. Hit those links and check out those two funny songs from Kacey.
The Hasbro folks have rolled out Monopoly Game: “Longest Game Ever”. Remember sitting around the table moving your silver dog around the board thinking the game was REALLY long? You’d start with family over the holidays, go to bed, get up and the game would begin again. Well NOW the game has gotten longer with this new version that has double the amount of spaces on the game board and only one dice. Get comfortable. You’re going to be “passing go” a whole bunch.
One buyer said this about the new version. “I played this once and it took six and a half years to complete. When finished, my baby was grown up and my dog had died.”
Back home to Music City where I have a full week of writing, doing a show, and being a guest on a podcast. More on that later this week.
Have a great Monday!