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Friday October 6, 2023


Friday morning and here comes the weekend. 80 for a high today and then tomorrow?  A 65 high.



With no writing appointment yesterday I have no idea how my day got so busy. Hit the gym, started a song for today’s writing appointment, and then my phone blew up all evening. Pulling some things together for my Saturday night show at Puckett’s in Franklin, Tennessee, moving and adding several songwriting appointments and working on some future road trips and shows. Everyone seemingly reached out at the same time. The one good thing about receiving so many texts is that I’m getting a lot faster texting myself. I guess that’s a good thing.

I’m in a little lull before the road trip storm right now with several shows in October and November on the horizon, so I’m trying to kind of brace myself for what’s ahead. All good stuff though. I’m going to be playing on beaches for over 2 weeks starting mid-October so it’s hard to complain about any of that.



WSM Radio celebrated its 98th birthday yesterday the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry forever. When I was young playing in a band in Missouri we’d get out of a nightclub at 1 or 2 in the morning to drive home. First thing I’d do was to turn on 650 AM WSM and listen to the all night show with Ralph Emery. I remember thinking back then how cool would it be to work at THAT iconic radio station. And then the stars aligned and I was part of that family for 7 years or so. It truly was an honor to sit behind those call letters every time they’d ask me. Tommy Emmanuelle played guitar in studio with me one morning. Pure Prairie League sang Amy right in front of me. Charlie Pride, Johnny Rodriguez, Jeannie Seeley, and countless other country stars would show up in the studio from time to time.



And I’ve been on the other side of the microphone a few times as well.


I’m Just blessed to have been a small part of that radio stations 98 years…and counting.





Walmart is saying that the diabetes drug Ozempic that some are using to help lose weight is making people buy less food.


Research is showing that the more people work out, the lazier they become the rest of the day. (As opposed to someone like me who doesn’t work out a lot and then I’m lazy ALL day.)


Apparently these days just like folks who have long COVID, others experience having long colds. That’s what some studies are revealing. There should be an expiration date on both!



Willie Nelson is amazing. Still out there doing shows and recording albums at 90 years of age. Here’s a great quote from Willie about life. “My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down, but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors. So, let’s have another round”. That’s worked out pretty well for him I’d say.


And if you’ve not heard this song by Willie and Merle Haggard Live This Long”. The sentiment in the song is, “We’d have taken much better care of ourselves if we’d have known we were going to live this long”.



Croc boots? Yep. They’ve got em. Pretty sure I wouldn’t walk into a real cowboy bar and pull up a stool wearing these. One simply cannot “Cowboy Up” in a pair of these Man Card violation things. “Boy, you ain’t from around here are ya”?




The publication RUSHH just listed their favorite Christmas movies of all time. It’s just October y’all. But here’s their Top 5. 


5. Home Alone


4  Love Actually with Hugh Grant.


3. Harry Potter 2001 (Never thought of it as a Christmas movie)


2. The Family Stone with Craig T. Nelson. (Not seen this either)


And their number one Christmas movie choice is “The Holiday” with Kate Winslet and Jack Black.


I’m not sure any of these would be in my Top 5. How about you?


White Christmas, Polar Express, The Bishop’s Wife, The Grinch and maybe Home Alone would be in my Top 5.



It looks like 2023 will go down as the warmest year in history. Hottest ever by 1.4 degrees as of right now. I’m starting to believe man’s greatest invention of all time is air conditioning.



This thought that someone shared on the internet. “To err is human. To blame it on someone else shows management potential.



St. Louis Woman Declared Dead 16 Years Ago Begs Government To Acknowledge She’s Alive. “Hello government? I’m still here!”



I’m writing with my friend Rick Lang online this morning. Rick was in charge of some of the panels and even did a "one on one" mentoring class at the Bluegrass Convention (IBMA) last week in Raleigh so it will be fun to get his take on how that went this year.




I’m playing at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant Saturday (tomorrow) night at 8 pm in Franklin, Tennessee with Victoria Venier and hit writer Danny Wells.



Danny will be taking Steve Dean’s place in our “Hits & Grins” trio for the night as Steve is in Arkansas dealing with the passing of his Father Frank Dean. All our thoughts and prayers are with him and the family.




Have a great weekend!


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