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Two New Gigs...#1 Bluegrass Song...Getting Older


Tuesday April 24, 2023


And a good Tuesday morning to you from Nashville. Sunny with a 68-degree high on tap today.



The big highlight of my Monday was selling my old 2009 Toyota RAV 4 that had been a workhorse for me for a lot of years. I bought it new and just ran the wheels off the danged thing until it collected almost 240,000 miles and thought it was time to buy something new. Guess what I bought? A new RAV 4. The old one is now being shipped to the buyer’s sister who lives in Costa Rica and I’m betting she’ll easily be able to tool around that island for at least another 240,000miles or so. That old one has a lot of music stories tucked into it as a lot of the miles I piled up driving in it were to shows all over the country and songwriting appointments.



The folks at the Kentucky Opry booked our “Hits & Grins” trio for a show Friday evening July 28. Here’s what they posted about us coming there for the first time after they saw our show at Dollywood a few weeks ago.


My heart is absolutely bursting to announce this show! 💕
We will be bringing Hits And Grins to the Kentucky Opry on July 28th! We had the privilege to see their show at Dollywood in March and I was completely captivated from the very beginning. I knew instantly this was a show we had to bring and introduce to everyone in our area! Hit songs and great wholesome comedy. This is a show for the whole family!
This Trio is not only extremely talented, but so down to earth and truly just great people!


Needless to say, Steve Dean, Victoria Venier and myself are excited about joining the roster of so many great country acts that have played at this great venue for a lot of years. 




And my friend and co-writer Mark Houser and his girlfriend Tina Rogers booked our “Evening in the Round” trio at their venue Americanaville over in Livingston, Tennessee for the night of July 6. This will be the third time I’ve had the pleasure of playing their room. 



The first time was with Steve Dean, the second time was with another great songwriter buddy Wil Nance, and now I get to play there with my great friend Linda Davis and her husband Lang Scott. This is a very cool venue in the middle of the town of Livingston which is located a couple of hours east of Nashville. Get your tickets!




I found out yesterday that “Mercy of a Train” recorded by Lori King & Junction 63 just went to the #1 spot on this bluegrass chart! 



The song was an idea that my co-writer Becky Buller had that we wrote and then Lori and the band recorded the heck out of it. And now it’s on the top the charts. Thank you for the great co-write Becky and thank you for recording our song Lori!





I want to share this current single again from Carley Arrowood Deeper in Love” that I wrote with Josh Shilling. If you click on the link you can hear the song and follow along with the lyrics as she just released this as an official lyric video. I’ve loved this song since the day Josh played me the back part of this chorus that he brought into the writing room the day we wrote it. This song as well as the song I mentioned above “Mercy of a Train” are both up for IBMA consideration. The final votes are going into the International Bluegrass Music Association and we’ll soon know if either song makes the ballot for the awards show later this year in Raleigh, North Carolina. Good luck to both girls!




COVID 19 according to the stats caused the biggest drop in child birth in 50 years.


A report is out that claims the Florida General Surgeon personally altered a state study about COVID-19 to suggest that some doses pose a significantly higher risk for young men than had been established by the broader medical community.


Another study says that the common sleeping pill may reduce the build-up of Alzheimer’s proteins.







Who knew?  36,000 people are treated for chainsaw injuries every year. The medical cost for those is over 350 million. Turns out that chainsaws were a medical device first…you can imagine what for. Yikes. I’ve never owned one, but I do still own my ten fingers and ten toes. So there’s that.



Don Lemon is out at CNN. Tucker Carlson is out at FOX. Gosh, wonder if there’s any chance that either network might hire someone to give us the news and not their loud often times non factual opinion?  Just a crazy dream of mine. Let me live in it for a second. Thank you.



Who knew Reba McEntire was so practical? She admits to washing out and re-using her red solo cups. Oh the humanity!  Anyone else hearing this SONG in their head right now?




You cut out coupons to save money on Ensure.


You complain about the music being too loud.


Nobody asks for you ID anymore.


And my favorite. You sneeze and throw your back out.




I do feel a bit younger when I read the next Presidential election will probably have two candidates older than I am. Let’s call it the Two Old Geezers election.




In a movie theater in China they installed massage chairs for seats. And each seat has a portable phone charger.


And in Mexico at a food market they have avocados in two separate bins. One of for avocados that are ripe today, another for those that will be ripe tomorrow.  


My wife loves avocados. So when I shop for them she wants me to press on them trying to bring home ripe ones. I fail at that badly. So please give me what Mexico has so that nobody has to see a grown man pushing his thumb on a danged avocado.



The highlight of my day will be going to the ballpark this evening to watch our Triple A team the Nashville Sounds. I read this morning that Major League Baseball may expand again and that Nashville would be at the top of a short list for cities that could get a Major League team. Please!


Have a great Tuesday.


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