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Warm Turkey Day...A New Christmas Song...Musician Hall of Famers


Wednesday November 23, 2022 


Hey…it’s Thanksgiving Eve y’all. Start basting.



I know I’m starting to sound like a broken needle weatherman, but gosh has it been beautiful in middle Tennessee for the past few days, and it will be better today on Thanksgiving Eve and spectacular for Turkey Day itself. Sunshine, few clouds and a high of almost 70 tomorrow. That made getting out of the house fun yesterday. Mundane things, servicing a car, washing it, doing a little Christmas shopping were all fun because of how gorgeous the day was, and the fact that I’m feeling so much better. I’ll take it.



While sitting in a Toyota shop waiting on them to service my car, I finished up the first new song I’ve written in a month and a half because of being gone on the road followed by a week of not feeling good. Every now and then one needs to turn in a song to their publisher, so it just felt good to be in a ‘normal mode again.



While out running, I saw a gas was selling for $2.99 per gallon at one station. Normally with everyone traveling to Grandma’s house for turkey it jumps up. What in the world of giblets is going on with that?!



I got this little musical Christmas present when the noted bluegrass group Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive recorded a Christmas song that was born from an idea my friend Rick Lang brought to me several months ago, “Christmas at the Old Homeplace”. They included it on their new album “Here In The Country” that’s just out. Traditional sounding with some lyrical memories that many will relate to I think that Rick and I tucked into this Christmas tune. Check it out at the link above. Merry early Christmas to me.



Deja mask all over again. Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services came out and said that masking and social distancing should be encouraged and even MANDATED once more in order to protect from COVID and especially “long COVID”. That’s going to be a real tough sale for many.


The CDC says that Bivalent (gotta look that up) COVID Boosters provide some protection against COVID…but not much. Is there anything more fuzzy than trying to figure out if all those booster shots are helpful or not?



Besides our highly acclaimed Country Music Hall of Fame andMuseum that everyone should tour, there’s another one worth visiting too. TheMusicians Hall of Fame. Honoring those folks who can really play. It’s housed at the old Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville full of guitars and instruments that were played by a "Who's Who" of folks. Quite the collection of memorabilia. Yesterday Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Ray Stevens were among those inducted, and deservedly so. Congratulations.




My friend Brady Seals had an office space for a while at the Musicians Hall of Fame. That location was bought out, and then moved to the Municipal Auditorium where the ceremony was yesterday. But in that first building, one day years ago, Brady and I sat down and wrote together for the first time. And I’d been trying to get him to say “yes” to writing with me for a while. I remember sitting with him and offering up a title I had in my book called, “BeenThere, Drunk That”. He laughed and said, “we’re $#*@! S if we don’t write that”!  And then it was on like Donkey Kong . Brady got a great groove going on guitar, and I started spitting out lyrics and when it was done, we both thought it was pretty good. I found out how good later, when Brady called his producer, took a song off of his new album “Playtime”, went into a studio and recorded our song, and it became the single with this fun VIDEO. It got up into the 40’s on the Billboard Country Charts. So I have to think there was some magic dust hitting us that day inside the Musicians Hall of Fame.  



Check out the viral hit toy of the Christmas season. “LittleLive Pets: Mama Surprise”. Apparently with a child loving on it, a guinea pig magically gives birth to babies. It’s such a hot toy they’ve jacked the price up a hundred bucks for some of them. 



Growing up, I never considered a toy a REAL toy unless it had a chance of poking your eye out or make you jump if you walked around in the house in your bare feet. Think Pick Up Sticks and Jacks.



Steven Spielberg is going to do a remake on the movie “Bullitt” which starred Steve McQueen back in the day. The new one will star Bradley Cooper. Weirdly enough, I never have watched all of the original. Seen the car chase but have never watched it front to back. But I’m a Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg fan, so I’ll watch this one when it comes out for sure.



When cheese gets it’s picture taken, what does it say?  These are the kind of questions that keep me up at night.



Full day today starting with a songwriting appointment with my friend Irene Kelley who has a great new album being released that will have a song we wrote on it called “Get Behind Me Satan”. I love to hear Irene sing. And this is her current single “Come Some Winter Morning” she just released that’s so good.


Then tonight I’ll be on stage for a Thanksgiving Eve show with these talented songwriters at the Listening Room here in town.



Have a great Wednesday, and a Happy Thanksgiving!





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