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2 Bluegrass Tunes...2 Shows In Arkansas...A "Tater" Movie


Monday January 30, 2023 


Monday morning and it’s the next to last day of the month. Preparing for a crazy week as somehow I’m going to be in south Texas for a show Thursday night, and two shows in Boca Grande Florida on Friday night. Fingers crossed that all flights run on time.


49 for a high in Nashville today but dropping down to 30 tonight with a chance of freezing rain. Tomorrow could be fun.



Friday morning was spent writing with both Addie Levy, a young new “grassy” artist from Virginia originally but lives now near Knoxville and plays music a LOT at Dollywood. And when she’s not doing that, she’s making trips to Nashville to write songs. So she and I and Steve Dean sat down at my publishing company on Friday and wrote not one two 2 songs that day, that were targeted to fit 17-year-old Addie as she’s getting ready to go in studio and record and album. Addie is stacking up original material to choose from, and I think we gave her a couple that should land on her “serious consideration” stack of songs. 




I got caught up in the football games. It’s the Eagles vs KC for the Superbowl in a couple of weeks. I was rooting big time for the Bengals in what was a really exciting AFC Championship game, but my hat is off to KC and in particular their QB Patrick Mahomes who played hurt and got the job done somehow. I’ll be rooting for them in the Superbowl now



I mentioned the Freedom Sings USA Event that I’m part of in just a few weeks. Myself and a few other songwriters from Nashville will each sit down with a veteran and write their stories into songs that are performed in concert on Saturday evening February 17. I thought we would be in Little Rock as we usually are, but this time we’re in the town of Benton, Arkansas. The concert is open to the public, and more than worthwhile attending as you can imagine how special it is to perform those songs with the veterans we wrote the songs about the day before sitting next to us to be recognized in such a special way. If you’re anywhere near Benton February 17 by all means come by and join us for what is always a really special evening. 




And our “Hits & Grins” trio with me and Victoria Venier and Steve Dean just added two dates in Fort Smith Arkansas for June 23 & 24. One show will be to thank some folks who donate to the Fort Smith Museum of History that we’ll get a tour of, the second will be a house concert for some friends of ours at their beautiful home in Fort Smith. Both shows will be held at their house that has a beautiful view outside the massive windows they have. We are looking very forward to that.



Built That Way” was written with and recorded by the husband-and-wife team Ayla Brown (who’s a big country radio personality now in Boston) and her talented husband-ex hockey player Rob Bellamy. Before the two of them moved back to their home area out east, we wrote several songs together and they recorded this song that describes their values. If you listen to the lyrics I’m guessing and hoping that some of you have those same values. 




Pete Fisher, who used to be the guy at the Grand Ole Opry is set to produce a movie about Little Jimmy Dickens and his wife Mona. Can’t wait. We lost little Jimmy a few years ago so this movie should be a wonderful tribute to a talented man who graced the Opry stage forever singing his song, emceeing, and making people laugh. And the movie will show the rest of the world what a wonderful marriage he and Mona had. No word on a release date yet. 




US News and World Report listed the top hot spots in the country. In the top 25 they listed six of those places are in Texas and three are right here in Tennessee.


Walmart and CVS are both cutting back their pharmacy hours because they can’t get enough help. Go to pharmacy school kids for a guaranteed job.


The American Heart Association says we have recorded a record amount of deaths from cardiovascular disease early in the pandemic. In 2020 there were 928, 741 which is the largest increase since 2015.



A woman tweeted this very astute observation when she tweeted, “Did you know that if you lose a sock in a dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid, that doesn’t fit ANY of your containers.



After suffering through a fire from one of his cars that disfigured part of Jay Leno’s face, now he falls off one of his motorcycles and breaks ribs, his collarbone, and his kneecaps. He was healthier when he was doing the Tonight Show and didn’t have as much free time to mess with is collection of cars and bikes.


I still love motorcycles after owning a couple. Nothing like that feeling. But if you own one you kind of know that if you own one long enough you’re going to drop one. My theory is you can ask any bull rider or motorcycle rider to show you a scar…and they can.



This morning my son asked me to turn up the lights and his sister said why don’t you do it yourself. So I think she’s ready for marriage now.



That making less than $30,000 per year is a dating deal breaker. 30% of 1,008 folks polled said they wish they had brought up salaries sooner. I’m not sure if bitcoins count or not.



Burglar Breaks Into Home And Takes A Bath With All Of His Clothes On. Hmm. It’s either that or George Santos is lying once again.



I’m writing with my buddy Steve Dean and for the first time Clare Cunningham will join us. She moved over from Ireland to chase her music dream here, so it will be fun getting to know her better and having a chance to write something together. She’s made some progress here in Nashville as the Grand Ole Opry has invited her to sing on that stage in a few weeks!  Good for her.



Have a great Monday!






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