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Up The Chart...3 Songs On A New Album...Old Driver


Friday May 31, 2024


Friday morning the LAST day of May. How can that possibly be true? Beautiful last day of the month though with sunshine and a high of 82 here in Twang Town today.



I wrote with the Father and son team of Barry & Will Hutchens. The two of them were in town from North Carolina to make a couple of recordings in studio and play a couple of Nashville shows so we found time to write something new together that was a tad quirky but fun.  Both are really good “country” singers and players and for me it’s fun to watch and hear them interact musically. This picture is of the two of them with me and my friend Jerry Salley after playing a show last year at the Bluebird Café which we are hoping to be able to do again later this year.


And this is an example of the song Will singing here.


Always great to work with family.



Some great news today. The song “Blue Collar Gospel” that I helped write on the new Rick Lang album with Rick and producer Jerry Salley just soared to #2 on this leading gospel bluegrass chart today. Woo Hoo!  The song sung by Jerry and the Oak Ridge Boys is starting to make a little noise! I’m so glad Rick invited me to write this great idea he had that turned into the title song on this wonderful project.


The new Kristy Cox album is out today “Let It Burn” that I have three songs on. Pretty excited for folks to finally get to hear these.


My three songs are “Some Things Don’t Go Together” written with Wil Nance & Lisa Shaffer well over 15 years ago.


God NeverMade A Mountain” written with Josh Shilling & Andrea Pearson.


And “HowLucky Am I” written with Jimmy Fortune (who sings harmony on this) along with Sydni Perry. The song was inspired by my second Mom and former manager Dean Raymer whom we lost a couple of years ago.


If you click on the links you’ll now be able to take a listen to all three. Really proud of these songs and thank you Kristy for loving them enough to put them on your great new project!



A survey reveals that the majority of women would rather be healthy than beautiful if they had to choose.


In China doctors cured type-2 diabetes in a 59 year old patient by using stem cells from his blood to kickstart his pancreas into providing its own insulin. Providing hope that insulin injections could become a thing of the past with time.


Research shows that we start losing muscle mass at 30 and it gets worse with age. Workout folks.




Nothing like hospitality.



A dear friend of mine shared this online yesterday and said, “whoever wrote this is brilliant”. After reading it, I could not agree more.


Wow. I could not agree more. I can’t imagine how difficult it was to make that work in such a brilliant way.



In 2023 Wilmington, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina topped the list of most moved to cities in the country. Ocala, Florida was third.


Most folks are moving south. Tennessee had several cities on the list as well. A lot of them continue to move here into Nashville. And those that don’t move visit. We had 16.8 million visitors here last year! They left behind 10.56 BILLION dollars into our economy. The honkytonks and pedal taverns thank you.




Doyle Andre is 90 years young. He’s a truck driver…still. And he doesn’t plan on retiring. He just broke the Guinness record for being the world’s oldest truck driver. He’s driven 5.5 million miles in his truck over a 60 year period of time. Wonder how much coffee he’s consumed over his long career?  Or how sore is butt must be?


If you’ve ever been down on the Emerald Coast in the winter time especially, you’ve probably seen the Blue Angels fly over the water which is exciting every time you see them. You actually hear them coming and have to learn to look further ahead from their sound to actually see them. Sometimes they skim low to the water and it’s breathtaking. It’s one of my favorite things I look forward to when I go to the Gulf Shores-Orange Beach area. The jets fly out of their home base in Pensacola where the Angels are loved in that community.


Now there’s a great documentary about the “Blues” that I watched on Prime. It will be in Imax Theaters and will probably be showing in the theater inside the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. Another place you should check out if you’ve not been. And it’s free!


Here’s the TRAILER you can check out that lets you see what it's like to be chosen to be a Blue Angel pilot.



A John Lennon 12-string guitar that we saw him hold and play in the movie “Help” just sold at auction for 3 million dollars. Lennon gave the guitar to a co-writer named Gordon Warner who then gave it to his manager. The manager put it up in his attic where it sat for 50 years. Everyone thought it was lost for good. I’ve got to start cleaning out my attic…just in case.



A husband says, “I just found out the wife is writing a book about our honeymoon called 50 Shades of OK.” Alrighty then.



Kristy Cox’s new album party is on for Billy Blue Records this evening. And tonight I’ll get to hear her unveil those three songs I helped write in front of a “live” audience at the Station Inn with her great band.


Proud of all of these songs and can’t wait to hear them sung tonight.


Have a great weekend!


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