March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015

Hi Folks:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve about enjoyed as much winter as I can stand!

When I saw the word “March” pop up on the calendar, it gave me hope that the snow, ice, broken water pipes, downed trees, leaky roofs, and frigid temperatures would soon be behind us. Now those of us in the eastern half of the country are learning that Old Man Winter obviously can’t read. I am definitely ready for a little warm sunshine.

And with that in mind, I’m planning to head down to baseball Spring Training the middle of this month. I didn’t make my annual trip down last year, and I spent all season blaming myself for the Braves not playing so well. I’m not sure how much better, if any, they’ll be this year (strange off-season), but at least I can’t blame me again if they stumble. I’ll go there and try to give them a good send-off.

We’re not on the road much this month, with only a March 28th songwriters show in Huntingdon, Tennessee, on the calendar. We’ll be at the Opry six times, though, on March 6th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 14th, and 27th and appearing at the iconic Nashville songwriters’ event, Tin Pan South, on March 26th. Hope you’ll come see us anywhere and anytime that you can.

I received an invitation a few days ago that has me very excited, and while the details are still sketchy, I wanted you to know. I’ve been asked to host a CMA Songwriters Series show at the Library Of Congress in Washington, D.C. on April 21st. I’m not sure exactly who all will be making the trip and sharing the stage with me, but I’m told that quite a few of the top political figures in our nation’s capital will be in the audience. What a cool place for me to sing “Old Army Hat,” and to talk about the history and heritage of our music. When more information is available, I’ll share it with you. I think a few tickets might be available for the public.

I’m continuing to put the finishing touches on my new book and hope to have all the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed by the end of the month. I still can’t tell you exactly when to expect it on the bookshelves…nor exactly when the audio version will be ready…but we’re continuing to plow forward.

I hope you’re hearing Mo Pitney’s recording of our song, “Country,” on your favorite radio stations and that you’ll be asking them to play it as often as you can. George Strait just recorded another song that I co-wrote as well, and we’re anxiously waiting to hear if it will be part of his next album. I teamed up with Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson again, remembering that we had pretty good luck the last time George cut one of our tunes….”Give It Away.” So cross your fingers for this one!

Thanks to Gina Kay Singerhouse and our friends at Spirit Country for naming our CD, “Life,” as the winner of their Spirit Award, signifying their Top CD of the year. What a wonderful honor. And thanks to YOU for continuing to be a part of our club., and a special “Welcome!” to those who might have just joined. I appreciate each of you, and send you my best always.