Wednesday September 20, 2023
Wednesday morning and I’m getting ready to roll home to Nashville from Indy. 82 for the high today.
Day 2 in Indianapolis for the Showcase Convention we’re doing. We spent some time in the Convention Center shaking hands with buyers and visiting different booking agency booths of which there were MANY including our own Alkahest out of Chattanooga and I also visited with the folks that represent the “Hits & Grins” trio I’m part of Live Arts & Attractions.
We also stuck our head into a huge room to hear a bit of the keynote speaker who was Ted Lange. Remember this guy...from the "Love Boat"? Interesting choice for a music-buyer-artist thing. If we come back again I'm hoping Gopher will be the keynote speaker.
Then a little before 3 pm we did our soundcheck at the venue the Westin Hotel downtown. There are a lot of acts all doing what we’re doing, playing 15 minutes, and hoping to convince the buyers to book them for their theaters and venues. And there are a LOT of tribute acts and theme park type acts here. There’s Neil Diamond group, a Bee Gees ensemble, an Eagles group, a girl Motown trio you name it. And we had a funny moment when the act before us doing soundcheck was a Kenny Rogers tribute group with the “Kenny” trying his best to look like the “Gambler” white beard and all. He came up to us and told us how nervous he was to be singing with Linda Davis in the room. Linda of course toured and sang with the REAL Kenny for years so I got that…and it made us laugh. I’d be nervous too!
And then there was Abe Lincoln.
We did our second showcase of 15 minutes and then spent a lot of time in hallways talking with buyers and folks that are booking shows. From some of the conversations we had it sounds like plenty of those folks might bring us into their town and venues for their 2024-2025 season. And of course we would love for them to do just that.
So we had a great two days and we were reminded it you stay downtown in any major city…it’s expensive. Rooms, food, parking you name it. We sat in one restaurant that wanted over $20 for a hamburger. I went ahead and ordered it simply because I know my Powerball numbers are going to hit this week…right?
I was kind of sad to see that the Oak Ridge Boys announced a farewell tour after singing together for 50 years! Truly amazing. I’m a big fan, have been since their first hit on the radio. And I am so honored that they just sang on a song I wrote with Rick Lang and Jerry Salley titled “Blue Collar Gospel” that should be out early next year. I got to hear their recording a few weeks ago and it just gave me goose bumps. What an incredible career they have had.
The Florida Surgeon General is advising folks to NOT get the booster shot for COVID as it’s not FDA approved, and that there have been no trials that prove it has any benefit.
Another doctor came out and says the new strain of COVID is often so mild that it’s hard to tell if folks have COVID or if it’s just a bad cold or allergies.
A report is claiming that dust at some Day Care Centers contain bacteria that could cause lung issues in kids.
TRUTH… FROM A HUSBAND
“The best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.” Yep.
CAN I BUY A VOWEL?
Vanna White just got a huge pay raise after working for the same salary for 18 years on Wheel of Fortune. $3 million per year has been her salary while Pat Sajak who’s retired was making 15 million per year. Do they have a school to teach folks how to flip letters?
ALSO GETTING PAID
Deion Sanders who has his own line of sunglasses. The first day they went on sale they sold 1.2 million dollars’ worth of those shades. Nobody hotter than Prime Time right now.
NASA says a large asteroid may hit earth. In the year 2182. 159 years from now. Hopefully by then someone will figure out how take an asteroid out. Of course there have been many times during my lifetime folks have preached the end of the world is nigh. A person once tweeted “The end of the world is Saturday. Again.”
DO YOU NEED A FLOOR MAT FOR…
Face Yoga? Some celebrities swear by this. Nope. If it means I have to squat down on a mat cross legged I’m likely to never be able to get back up. Even if I can stand in front of a mirror and do this? Not likely. And do you have to wear yoga pants when you do face yoga?
We are rolling home to Nashville. About 4 and half hours and will be back sleeping in our own beds, hoping that the phone will be ringing from some of the buyers we played for over the past two day.
I’ve got the day off, but my friends Linda Davis and Lang Scott will be on the Grand Ole Opry tonight along with their daughter Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum for a family thing that should be really special. You can listen to it “live” on wsmonline.com
Have a great Wednesday!