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Wednesday February 1, 2023


The first day of February!  Wednesday morning and a lot of middle Tennessee is under the threat of icy roads. 41 for a high today so it should be short lived here. 18 million Americans were affected by ice storms yesterday. 1700 flights were cancelled.



Boy, it was a bleak, cold day in Nashville yesterday. With no writing appointments I changed guitar strings in preparation for the McAllen Texas show tomorrow night with my “Hits & Grins” trio with Victoria Venier & Steve Dean at their BEAUTIFUL Performing Arts Center. 


Then Friday night I have two shows in Boca Grande, Florida. The 5 pm show there is sold out for our “Evening in the Round” shows with Linda Davis, Lang Scott & me. I’ve got a very early bird in the morning to Texas, so there will be a very short blog here tomorrow morning, and maybe none on Friday as I’m up early there for the flight to Florida. And the packing today should be fun trying to mix warm weather with colder weather clothes for this run. And I’m certainly hoping that the weather won’t affect any of the flights. 




I got the official logo for a great event our “Hits & Grins” trio will play on both March 10 and 11 at Dollywood. We are very pleased to be the opening act for this great series of songwriters that will help celebrate Dolly’s mega-hit. 50 years ago!  




The new Irene Kelley album “Snow White Memories” is getting some wonderful reviews, and the song we wrote together for it “Satan Get BehindMe” is also getting pointed out in a nice way. The album release party will be Thursday night February 9 at the world-famous Station Inn here in town that will feature Irene and a full bluegrass band playing every song off this great new project. I’ll be there for that, and if you’re in town, come by and join us! 9 pm show that evening.



Apparently there are a lot of folks that come down with a LINGERING cough after having COVID. Been there. Some coughs can last a year or more. Fortunately, mind didn’t last that long, but long enough that it became an annoyance for sure. An infectious disease expert claims that 17-34% of patients come down with that lingering cough.


Pfizer made 51 BILLION dollars last year. This year they say it will drop to just 21.5 million as everyone has plenty of inventory right now.


The birthrate increased for the first time in the past 7 years. 366 million babies were born in 2021. A COVID rebound happened apparently after a lot of couples decided to wait COVID out before trying.



Until Valentine Day. What to get for the person you love.


I did read another list of what NOT to give. Money, a vacuum cleaner, and a bathroom scale were all listed. Yep. That would kind of take the “ro” out of romance on that day I would think. 



Here’s a marriage joke. “I married my wife for her looks, but not the one’s she’s giving me lately”.



The list I looked at included: Slingshots, Slip N Slides, and those Lawn Jarts. Surely some doctor has had to remove a lawn Jart at one time or another from someone. I do know one never wants to play lawn Jarts when someone who sharpens their Jarts before they start tossing.



Nashville will soon have its own Monopoly Board Game. You can actually vote as to which locations you want to show up on the board. The Ryman, The Opry, The Parthenon, Tootsies, The Country Music Hall of Fame. Belle Meade Mansion would be some of my guesses.


I wonder if a biscuit will be one of the game tokens?



“Man Bites Off Pet Pythons Snake’s Head in Domestic Dispute, Police Say”. Ya know what? There are just some things in this world are just too weird for a funny comeback. I don’t think I’ll sleep well tonight.



Packing for the trip. But tonight I’m going to see my friend Lauren Mascitti and her “Trio” friend perform. Lauren and I wrote a song with Kristen Bearfield a couple of months ago from an idea I had that was written to sound like some of those great songs THE TRIO with Emmy Lou, Dolly and Linda Ronstadt recorded back in the day. It must have worked as Lauren and her two friends are going to sing that song tonight. Can’t wait to hear that.



Have a great Wednesday!


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