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Tuesday April 11. 2023


Tuesday morning has shown up and she’s going to be a beauty. Nothing but sun and a high of 75 today.



I was down on Music Row for the first time in a bit to write with my buddies Wood Newton who’s written a bunch of hits like “Twenty YearsAgo” for Kenny Rogers and Mark Houser who owns the venue Americanaville in Livingston, Tennessee that I’ve played a couple of times. Mark is a writer as well an before we sat down to rhyme he told me that at least two of the songs we’ve written together will be included on a new bluegrass album he’s set to record. Good way to start the day.


Mark and Wood share space in the old iconic RCA building on Music Row. The same building where I walked in when I was a kid and got to watch Chet Atkins recording “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” on Jerry Reed who was laying it down that day.



 Same building I mistakenly got into the part of a building that put me face to face with Eddie Arnold who gave me a stack of his records as they politely escorted me out of the building.


Same RCA where I had a meeting when I was young with producer Ray Pennington who listened to the first little songs I had ever written on a little reel to reel tape and managed to say some nice word to a young kid from Missouri. That’s a pretty good story for another blog sometime.


Mark knows Rhonda Vincent a bit and she’s recording a new album. She’s from Missouri as I am, so I think I was invited to help write Marks idea because it was about the Show Me State a bit. Glad he did as the song turned out great. Now if Rhonda would just love it…we’d have a perfect day to remember at RCA yesterday.



This is down the road a bit, but I just got the onlineticket link for a show I’m part of with Linda Davis & Lang Scott on September 9 in Waynesville, Ohio at the Keepin’ It Country Farm. Here’s the link.  I’m posting this because Waynesville is just north of Cincinnati where I lived and worked on the radio for a lot of years so I’m hoping some old friends will be interested in driving north a bit to catch our “Evening in the Round” show at 77 pm that evening. Would love to have you there.




The President signed the bill ending the Covid-19 emergency. And on the heels of that announcement they also said they will spend 5 billion dollars on new Covid vaccines.


Meanwhile yet another study agrees that wearing masks did little to nothing to stop the spread of Covid 19 or prevent one from catching Covid. (I’ve got a couple for sale if you’re interested)


A food expert claims that a shaved brussels sprouts salad brings about unexpected health benefits. The Pecorino cheese that she puts on it is supposed to be healthy too though I had to look that up. Add toasted almonds and a lemon dressing and the healthy green thing is ready to go. (My friends who really know me will find it as no surprise that I would remove the brussels sprouts and leave the rest in the bowl)




So this guy finds a tattoo on a new adopted dog and decided to get the same tattoo for himself. He did. Only to find out later that that the tattoo on the dog means, “Been Neutered”. Tattoo very carefully folks.



Maybe. A fish tank humidifier. Just like it sounds. You can put a gold fish in a humidifier. Just 14 bucks on Amazon.



Speaking of gold fish. When my daughter was young, she bounced a ping pong ball into a jar and the prize was a danged goldfish. We took it home and I figured “Goldie” would only live for a short while as most do. Nope. This one lived so long she was able to collect a social security check. She retired at the “Whyte House”.



You can probably pick the top states for the most part where people are choosing to move to and retire. No secret that Florida is the number one destination followed by Arizona, South and North Carolina. But the #5 spot that might surprise you would be here in Nashville. I know I was surprised. So if our country singers start looking a bit more gray to you you’ll know why.



Someone shared this positive thought of aging. “One benefit of old age is that your secrets are always safe with your friends…because they can’t remember them.”



“Footage Shows Multiple Guests Encountering Big Foot At A Ski Resort”. Pretty sure the Sasquatch was on a snowboard showing off. 




This morning I’ll be in a studio singing the song I wrote with and about veteran Christine Brooks from Murfreesboro, Tennessee a couple of weeks ago at a Freedoms Sings USA retreat. Christine built bombs and missiles and bullets and found herself behind sandbags and Patriot Missiles to try and protect her and buddies as they did their work in the Gulf War while she was in Saudi Arabia. After she got out, she got her nursing degree and now serves as a nurse at a VA up in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Her song is called “Welcome Home”…and I hope I do it justice this morning. This song will join several other veteran’s songs written with songwriters that will be available for purchase soon, with all proceed going towards funding the Freedoms Sings USA organization that I’m proud to be a small part of. 




I’ll be online writing with Grand Ole Opry stars Darin & Brooke Aldridge who just sang on the Opry this past Easter weekend. Always a pleasure creating something with these two.


Have a great Tuesday!







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