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Studio Singing...Three Times A Lady...Road Trip to LA & TX


Wednesday April 19, 2023


Hump Day…and packing day for a road trip to Louisiana and Texas. 83 here today for a high but only a 58-degree high expected for this Saturday. Still a Yo-Yo thing going on here temperature wise.



We had a postcard day here in Nashville. Nothing but sunshine. I found myself in the recording studio yesterday singing the song “Welcome Home” that I wrote with Airman Christine Brooks a few weeks ago at a Freedom Sings USA retreat in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. So happy to help honor her with this song that will join the other veteran songs written that weekend on a new album that will be available online in a couple of months. I’ll let you know when. My thanks to by buddy Steve Dean for being the musical ramrod of this project and thank you to Ace and the staff at County Q Productions who made my job very easy in the recording studio yesterday.




I got out to see “Three Times A Lady” for the first time, the all-girl trio that features my friend Lauren Mascitti and her talented friends Hannah Blaylock and Kennedy Scott at the Third & Lindsley club here in town. To say they were GREAT would be an understatement.


 If you like great harmony you’ll love this talented trio who grew up loving the music of the original Trio with Dolly, Emmy Lou, and Linda. And they sang some of their songs mixed with songs of other artists they loved as well as some of their original songs including one of mine “Come Back To Me” that I wrote with Lauren and our friend Kristen Bearfield. Here’s a VIDEO of them singing part of that song at their rehearsal before last night’s show.


I had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Dean Sams who is the keyboard player of the Lonestar Band who is also writing with and producing some tracks on Lauren. So that was fun.


The good news is these three girls will now do a “once a month” residency at 3rd & Lindsley here in town which is a great venue for “live” music. If you’re coming to town, check their schedule and go see them. You’ll thank me later.




To my Iowa friend Lori King and Junction 63 who recorded the bluegrass song “Mercy of A Train” that I wrote with Becky Buller. It’s now sitting at #2 on this bluegrass chart! I know she’s got to be thrilled, and so are the writers!  Love the song…thank you for recording it Lori.

And if you've not heard the song yet check it out HERE




This time it’s congrats to my friends Darin and Brooke Aldridge who won the “Bluegrass Artist of the Year” at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in Tennessee last night. They actually tied for the award with their good friend Ricky Skaggs. So deserved. I’ve been blessed to be a co-writer on a couple of their gospel songs including this one, “My Prayer”. They’re working on a gospel project right now that I think will also include a gospel song I helped write as well. Such a deserved award for this great couple.




Those folks in the medical know are suggesting that there could be a link between carpal tunnel syndrome and migraines.


A health dietitian says it’s ideal if we put 4-6 hours between eating meals for staying healthy.


And another study points out that strength training is a good thing to keep your blood pressure in control.



NASA is telling us that a 600-pound satellite is falling to earth with a chance of hitting humans!  Yikes. Not much of a chance though. 1 in 2,467. Still, you might want to put a colander on your head for protection…just in case.



The Academy of Country Music Awards are on the way. May 11 is the air date and already this year’s hosts Garth Brooks and Dolly are having fun making promos for the awards show. Check out this funny moment. Should be a fun show with these two hosting.



I read an interesting rumor suggesting that Carrie Underwood could be tapped to take Blake Shelton’s chair when he leaves The Voice this year. Related to something that John Legend said recently, saying she’d be a good choice. It would be interesting as she was an American Idol winner who would then be a judge on “The Voice” just like Kelly Clarkson. I think Carrie would be great, but also think that it would be hard for her to fill the “humor” role that Blake has brought to that show. We’ll see.



Those pet names include:


Dunkin Butterbeans

Farrah Pawcett

Fiona Penny Pickles

Agnes Gooch

Bam Bam Bam Bono


Some folks should not be allowed to name pets apparently.  Although now that I think about it, I did name a dog Jaws once. So there’s that.



“I Cut Off Part of My Tongue And Now I’m A Better Kisser”. Nope. I’m not going to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how that works exactly.



It’s packing day for a “Hits & Grins” trip that starts dark and early tomorrow morning. No blog tomorrow because of that. Yesterday Southwest temporarily grounded all flights because of some technical issue. Of course I’m flying on Southwest so here’s hoping they’ve got all of the bugs out their systems.


We play a show in Morgan City, Louisiana tomorrow evening, and then another one Saturday night in Pampa, Texas. Long tomorrow for sure and I’ll put up the next blog here on Friday morning.



Have a great Wednesday!



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