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Thursday June 6, 2024


Thursday morning arises along with a kazillion country music tourists in town for CMA Fest. And the usual hot and humid forecast for CMA Fest is here as well. 87 warm degrees in Nashville today.

 

YESTERDAY

I had the pleasure of writing TWO funny song ideas that my talented friend Tim Stafford came up with. And man did we have fun writing those. I’d share the titles, which would make you laugh, but I’ll wait until someone records them just in case. Tim is a tremendous songwriter from Knoxville who’s had so many of his songs recorded that I can’t count them. And then he comes up with two FUNNY ideas. 


 

 

Tim was named the Bluegrass songwriter of the year in 2014, 2017, and recently in 2023. And his song “Through The Window of a Train” won "Song of the Year" for bluegrass for him and his great band "Blue Highway".  In all he’s had over 250 songs of his recorded. So I told him what a pleasure it was to help ruin a great songwriter’s career yesterday with these two funny tunes.

 Always a pleasure to rhyme with Tim.


COUPLE OF SHOWS

I got this poster to share of a show I’ll be both singing at and emceeing along with some other great songwriters including Shawn Camp who wrote big hits like "Two Pina Coladas" for Garth Brooks. My first time doing this show…the earliest songwriter show in Nashville at 3rd & Lindsley. For the emceeing part I’m filling in for my friend and former WSM Radio on air personality Devon O’day who couldn’t be there for this one. So, if you’re in town June 22 come join us.



 

FREEDOM SINGS

And I added another Freedom Sings USA date where I’ll go to Memphis again write songs with veterans and other Nashville songwriters. I believe this will be the third time we’ve been there now hanging with veterans at the VA Center where each writer will sit with a veteran and write their story into songs and then perform them in a free concert. The dates are August 23, and 24 with the concert being held Saturday evening at the VA Center.



 

SOME THINGS DON’T GO TOGETHER

That’s the title of one of three songs I have on the new Kristy Cox album “Let It Burn” that’s out now. This is a little VIDEO clip of Kristy talking about the song I wrote with my friends Wil Nance and Lisa Shaffer. I’m glad Kristy chose this fun up-tempo song to be on her great new album.

 

And if you haven’t heard the song yet on Billy Blue Records…here you go. 


 


 

 

HEALTH NOTES

UK scientists have tested a product that detect dementia up to 9 years in advance. The model they used tested 80% accurate.

 

The WHO has confirmed the first death in Mexico from bird flu never seen before in humans.

 

A study is suggesting that weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy may help prevent alcohol use disorder.

 

WARNING


 

Might want to avoid the person wearing that T-shirt for a bit.

 

D-DAY

80 years ago we stormed Normandy Beach. Today some folks who lived through it or back in Normandy to mark the historic occasion including 104 year old veteran Steven Melnikoff. May we never ever forget.

 

Those young boys had no idea what they were about to run into when they got off the boats and waded into the German gunfire. To this day, it’s hard to watch the opening several minutes of “Saving Private Ryan”. I just can’t imagine. One of the few things on my bucket is getting to visit Normandy and the beaches where those boys came ashore. 


 

 

My friend in Gulf Shores, Brent Burns, a Vietnam purple heart recipient himself did that several years ago. At the cemetery they ask any veterans to step forward. And Brent along with a few others helped fold the American flag that flies there.



 

Pretty special stuff there.



 

FATHER’S DAY

That’s sneaking up in few weeks. What to get dear old Dad? Tools seem to be a favorite for a lot of Dads. So much so that Dewalt has marked their tools 40% off. That would be pretty much wasted on me as I can’t hardly screw in a light bulb without an assist. I never worked on car or built anything to my recollection. Pitiful. This is why I never shop at IKEA or buy anything with a tag that says, “some assembly required”. If I did…it’s still in a box in the attic somewhere.

 

So if my daughter is reading this…don’t send over a screwdriver or drill. Baseball tickets or guitar strings would be a better choice.

 

DISNEY

The “Happiest Place On Earth” is going to spend 17 BILLION dollars over the next several years improving and expanding their theme parks in Orlando. They ended their feud with the Governor and now they’re making a huge financial commitment to their parks. And they have enough land that they could add yet another park if they wanted to. And word is, they will. It will be interesting to see what that one will be.

 

The first time I went to Disney World the Magic Kingdom was the only park there along with the Contemporary Hotel and the Polynesian Resort. Looks a bit different now.

 

RED LOBSTER

How about the rapper Flava Flav who just sat down at a Red Lobster and ordered the entire menu in an effort to save the restaurant chain. They’ve already shut several locations down, and word is the brand could be completely gone. Flava Flav says he wants to do his part to save those Cheddar Bay Biscuits. I get ya Flava. Those do have a great “flava” for sure.



 

GOOD QUESTION

This one from the late brilliant fast mind of Robin Williams who asked, “Why do they call it RUSH hour when nothing moves?”

 

TODAY

I’m off to write with Trop Rock artist Aubrey Wollet who’s in town from Tampa doing some shows at CMA Fest this week and my buddy Steve Dean will join us. If you’re curious, this is Aubrey’s latest recording We’ll be writing something about the beach I’m sure. So I’m looking for my flip flops to wear to the session.


 

And then tonight I’m going to catch some baseball and watch our minor league team the Nashville Sounds play Louisville. Yep. A hot dog and a cold one may be consumed.

 

Have a great Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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