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Tuesday January 17, 2023


Tuesday morning in Nashville before the sun comes up. When it does we’ll have a high of 66 today. That’s going to feel good after the rain I experienced in California and here in Music City yesterday.


FYI…I got home from California minus toothpaste and shampoo. My shampoo bottle was too big and was taken on the flight out and my toothpaste tube was too big on the return flight, even though it went with me to California just fine. The agent at the gate told me that LA had different rules than some airport. Okay then. Someone in LA has bright teeth for free today.


I made a note to myself to get miniature tubes by the time I fly next, which will be to Texas and then Florida in early February.



Nice to know we’ll see and feel some sunshine today as yesterday it was a little cool and dreary here in Nashville on MLK. My wife and I are spending some time with our daughter Heather this week along with her husband Casey and our two grandcats. That’s right, grandcats. Try not to judge.

 I also got out and picked up a Martin Guitar my wife got me for Christmas from the shop here in town that installed a pickup on it, so it’s now electrified and ready to play on stage. The D-18 will make its first appearance this Thursday night when I play at the Listening Room Café here in town with our “Hits & Grins” trio featuring Steve Dean, Victoria Venier, and myself. Showtime is 8:30 Thursday night. Come see us…and the guitar!




Did you know there’s a Cat Museum? Of course there is. I took a look and still don’t know if they have an exhibit for biggest hat hairballs or not. Still checking.



I just got some details on a two-day run of show for “Hits & Grins” at Dollywood that will take place in Gatlinburg March 10 and 11. Dollywood is throwing a 50th Anniversary Party for Dolly’s song “I Will Always Love You”. The park will have a songwriter series hosted by my friend and fellow “Hits & Grins” partner Victoria Venier that will run from March 10 through April 8. So our trio will play that first weekend. The series will be held in the Showstreet Palace at Dollywood and admission is free with a park admission. No official show times yet, but I’ll pass those along when I get them.


So if you love Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, The Smoky Mountains, and original songs? Make plans to come join us for the fun. Our trio is honored to be part of this.




Today I want to spotlight yet another Brent Burns song “If Not Now When.” Brent had been wanting to write this title for a long while. He’s conscious, as am I, that life is precious and flies by. A lot of us have bucket list items. Things we say out loud that we’d love or want to do. Places we’d like to travel to before our time is up. I think this song really captures that thought to a tee, and it’s become a favorite of Brent’s fans who are mostly older and recognize the truth in this song. We both hope that maybe it’s inspired some to actually try and do those things they want to do and experience before it’s too late.



And this is a very cool video that a young artist in Pensacola named Jessie Ritter just put up on her social networks of a song I wrote with her and my friend Steve Dean titled “Gone To See America”. Jessie is not just a talented young artist-writer, but she’s also a brand-new Mom and quite the adventurer. She and her husband like to just pack up and go. And this video show her and her husband and her little one doing just that and singing our song. The idea came because I knew how much Jessie liked to travel and see and experience new things. Watch the video, and make sure you wait until then end of it when you’ll get to see her little baby boy riding along.



Several celebrities, including Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Pfeiffer tested positive after attending the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood just a few days ago.


The CDC and now the FDA are investigating the Pfizer shot for senior citizens. A safety check.


A German doctor is now in jail for selling phony pandemic mask exemptions.



The principal of the local elementary school called today and said, “Your son it is telling lies.” I replied, “He must be really good. I don’t have any kids.”



Kind of sad that a cemetery had to post this sign. “Sunbathing and Barbeque Are Not Allowed in the Cemetery. PLEASE SHOW RESPECT.



I’m writing once again with former American Idol star Alex Miller who’s in town from Kentucky to write a few new tunes. Always a pleasure to be around this talented young man.




Have a great Tuesday!





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