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Tuesday February 28, 2023


Tuesday morning and already we’re looking at the last day of February. Sunny and 72 in Nashville today. Beautiful.



I spent some time online writing with Troy Engle in Pennsylvania yesterday. Always fun. Troy was wearing his bib overalls yesterday, so it was pretty easy to gravitate towards a country-bluegrass song with him. I grew up in a small town in Missouri, and the very first house I remember living in sat right by the railroad tracks. So I channeled some of that into a song idea and Troy took the title and or “hook” of the song and turned it into a better idea. One of the great things that happens when you co-write with the right folks. Troy not only sings but is a GIFTED player. You name it…he plays it…and well. So by early afternoon Troy had already sent me a working recording of the new song that we can pitch to bluegrass artists looking for new songs.


Troy is also recording a new album for PInecastle Records, a major bluegrass label and three songs that we’ve written together will be on it. “Down Home” is one of those songs and he told me yesterday it will be the first single off the album that will most likely be named “Down Home.”. So some great news there.  I think I need to buy some bib overalls now!




I got a nice e-mail from my friend and artist Irene Kelley who has a great new CD out titled “Snow White Memories” We have a gospel-grass up-tempo number on it called “Satan Get Behind Me” and she got a little feedback from a radio guy who had just listened to it and sent Irene a note that partially said, “I love the line in “Satan Get Behind Me” that says, “you don’t wanna try me today”. Just this past Sunday Pastor Mark used the line as he quoted a t-shirt our youth have worn…Not Today Satan.” Love that. I can see Irene making an order for “You Don’t Wanna Try Me” T-shirts to sell at our shows.




Air Force members who refused to be vaccinated for religious reasons will soon get a reprieve from the punitive actions the military took against them. They will remove “adverse information from the records for those who did so.


65 major studies in 19 countries have now concluded that natural immunity was at least as effective as the vaccines and that masks had zero impact.


The CDC said 20% of us had a chance of getting long COVID. A new study in the UK says it’s more like 3%.



Forgot to mute myself on a Zoom call when my kids were home and my boss gave me three extra weeks of vacation.



A rare feat yesterday when Northern Kentucky’s Liam McFadden hit TWO grand slams in ONE inning! NKU is right across the bridge on the Kentucky side of Cincinnati where I lived for a long while so I’m sure the Norsemen and their fans are still going crazy. How does that happen?!


And the new pitch clock they are using in Spring Training baseball games is working. Game times are down 20 minutes on average.


And then there’s this. The Savannah Bananas is a baseball team whose goal is to put the “fun” back into baseball. A bit like the Harlem Globetrotters with Louisville Sluggers. They are playing a game here in Nashville in a few weeks and I have a ticket to go check out what all the fuss is about. But here’s one example of what’s going in in their games. Their centerfielder just made a catch in the outfield WHILE doing a back flip!  WATCH THIS.



A rich couple is getting a divorce. She was unhappy when she found out that he made more than 90 million dollars as he had told her. Turns out it was 220 million. And she really was not fond of him spending $550,000 on wooden ducks that she knew nothing about.


And here’s a divorce joke.


“Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience”.



Woman Who Married A Rag Doll To Quit Work To Search For Her Rag Doll Baby Who Has Gone Missing”. I can’t possibly make this kind of stuff up folks.



I’m back on the computer this evening writing with Grand Ole Opry stars Darin & Brooke Aldridge. They’ll be home on their couch with their little dog “Otis” who seems to bring us good luck when we write. Most of the songs they’ve released features Brooke singing lead. No wonder since she’s won the Best Female Vocalist for Bluegrass at least three times. But their current single “Die Tryin” features Darin singing the lead on this  great Guy Clark tune. Congrats!

 Have a great Tuesday.




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