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2 Last Shows In Gulf Shores...Smaller Toys...Pampered Pooches


Monday November 14, 2022 


Monday morning, and it felt SO good to sleep in my own bed last night for the first time in weeks. 53 for a high in Music City today.



This past weekend was all about the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival in Gulf Shores. Friday night our “Hits & Grins” trio with Steve Dean and Victoria Venier played at the Perdido Beach Resort, which is a bit upscale and beautiful to say the least. But the great thing about Gulf Shores-Orange Beach is that no matter what kind of place you walk into, upscale or not, clothing remains pretty darned casual. I witnessed that when Victoria’s brother Bob and his girlfriend took Victoria and me to the upscale restaurant before our “Hits & Grins” show that evening. One of those places where I’d like a small label on the food on my plate, so I’d know what it is I’m about to eat. But…it was good so maybe I don’t need to know. I’m never completely comfortable in a restaurant that doesn’t even have a danged drive-thru. Thank you Bob for coming up from Fort Meyers to see your sister, treat us to dinner and drinks, and help serve as “Hits & Grins” roadies this weekend. We enjoyed your company!


And the Friday night show was just great with a large crowd that made our trio feel welcome. Very fun night.



My final show and this one was with Brent Burns and Victoria Venier at Lucy Buffet’s great place “Lulu’s” that sits right on the intercoastal. There were a lot of old friends in the audience, including my old guitar player from “back in the band” day Joe Engle who now lives in Gulf Shores. In fact, from where he lives he can see Lulu’s out his front door. Short drive for him!  Great way to wrap up the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival.



After that, Victoria and I grabbed some seafood at the Shrimp Basket, one of my favorite food stops here, hit the house we stayed in for the festival, cleaned up, got a good night’s sleep, and then hit the road for Nashville early Sunday morning.


My thanks to Andy Haynes, and Bobby and Cyndy and all the volunteers and staff for their tireless work that makes this such a fun songwriters festival year after year. And my thanks to those folks who supplied our great accommodations this year as well. We’ll see you next November again!



With Steve Dean having to leave for a Veterans show in Chattanooga on Saturday morning, Victoria and I made the drive home to Nashville. And of course after a 2,500 mile or more road run over the past 3 weeks, on the very last day I woke up feeling not feeling great. Lots of folks have been sick and I guess I’m just the latest. So I see some chicken soup and rest in my near future for sure. I had such a great road trip, with another scheduled for this Wednesday to Virginia. Think I’m going to need a quick turn in the way I’m feeling to make that happen. We’ll see. But I certainly had a great run, and I’m certainly glad to be back with my wife and sleeping back in my own bed for a few nights for sure.



Congratulations to my Aussie bluegrass friend Kristy Cox who just landed big time on the charts with her new album that has FOUR songs I wrote or co-wrote on the project including this one that I wrote by myself. Good news for Kristy, my friend Jerry Salley who produced and wrote some of the songs, and good for every songwriter on this great project. Thank you Kristy!




The CDC announced that the two new Omicron subvariants and now dominant, making them worry about a COVID surge this winter because these variants are the most adept and avoiding immunity. Meaning, even if you’ve had the suggested shot and the booster, booster, booster, booster…you could still get COVID.


Meanwhile Moderna is saying it’s new booster increases protection against the Omicron subvariants.


In California, hospitals are overwhelmed once again with the virus. So much so that they are using overflow tents once again.


The COVID health emergency will stay in place. That means one can still get free tests, vaccinations and treatment.



The oldest American, Bessie Hendricks put another candle on her cake on November 7. That makes 115 candles she had to try and blow out!  115 years old, and still kicking. Born in 1907, she’s lived through 21 different presidents in her life. Wow. Good for her.



The award show had a significant jump in TV ratings this year after it stage the “most” country awards show I’ve seen in a long while. That may send a message to producers that we don’t need choreography or pop and rock stars on a country awards show. Best show in a long time and this is encouraging news for those that like “country” music. Heck, the Carly Pearce performance, and Patty-Loveless moment with Chris Stapleton was pure bluegrass even, and the ratings went up.



Sneaking up big time. Toy makers are addressing inflation by rolling out SMALLER but cheaper toys to make buying a bit more affordable for Santa and parents. Good idea. Although one would think it must be tough making smaller Lego pieces, or hot wheels.


Of course my big question every year for Christmas is, “what the heck is nutmeg” anyway?



Dog owners will spend a fortune on their pets. Proof is that Yardstick, a 5-Star Hotel for DOGS here in Nashville is doing very brisk business. Not sure if they leave a bone on Fido’s pillow when they turn down his doggie bed at night, but it’s a pretty fancy place for a dog. Take a look.



Lots of rest and cancelling a few things as I try to recover from this nasty cold, or whatever I’m struggling with right now. I’ll have the chicken soup please.


Have a great Monday!





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