April 4, 2017

Hi Folks:

We talked last month about March coming in and going out like a lion or a lamb, and I guess across the country it did a little of both. All I know is the month left a big ole footprint here in Whisperville.

First, as you’ve probably heard, we got stranded in Canada for an extra 24-hours following our short tour up there. Airplanes had mechanical issues, jetways froze, and temperatures reached 19-degrees below zero! I arrived home to find a giant oak tree uprooted in my yard and lying across what was left of my split-rail fence. I lost my hearing aids at a baseball game in Florida, put in a rush order for some new ones, only to have mine turn up two days later inside the Lost & Found department at Disney World. My name wasn’t on them, but a worker there said his 84-year old grandmother lost some similar to mine, and he knew where to locate the serial number. He did, and the manufacturer traced them back to me. UPS delivered them the next day. Unbelievable!

All wasn’t chaos, though, because before the month ended, I got to host a wonderful new set of Country’s Family Reunion videos called “Kickin’ Back,” and was invited to appear in a music video with my buddies, Dailey & Vincent, the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. We had fun acting silly with a song I co-wrote called “That Feel Good Music.” It’s in their upcoming album along with another song I helped write called, “Unsung Heroes.” I hope you’ll be listening out for them both.

A new recording artist named Tony Jackson has also put two of my co-written songs in his new, self-titled album. Tony is an amazing singer…if you don’t believe me, check out his video on “The Grand Tour.” He pumped a lot of new life into old the George Jones classic and has received over 10-million views. He cut “I Didn’t Wake Up This Morning,” which some of you might recall hearing Mo Pitney sing, and a new song called “They Lived It Up (Then Wrote It Down),” a tribute to some of the legends of country music. Tony Jackson is PURE country and I predict big things for him in his career.

Brad Paisley’s recording of our new song, “Dying To See Her Again,” will be released April 21st as part of his new CD called “Love And War.” I do a little bit of whispering way off in the background, and I sure hope you’ll like it. We’re hoping to perform it on the Opry one night soon.

I know lots of you start planning your summer vacations this time of year, and if Branson is on your travel list, I hope you’ll remember that Moe Bandy and I will be at the Welk Theater there on Friday June 23rd for one show only. You can get ticket information at www.upcloseconcerts.com or by phoning 417-337-7469. Gene Watson and I will be teaming up July 14th in Montgomery, Alabama. Moe and Gene are two of my favorite people, and both those dates should be a lot of fun.

I know lots of you are heading for the Opry this Spring, and we look forward to welcoming you to Music City. We’re scheduled to perform there April 8th, 14th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, 28th, and 29th.

If you haven’t checked out my latest Bill’s Journal, I hope you’ll do so. It’s an update on my grandson, Gabe, and his battle with cancer. My family could sure use your positive thoughts and prayers right now.

Thanks, and we’ll see you back here next month.