April 2, 2014
The calendar says it’s April, so maybe….finally!….this long, hard winter is over.
Mother Nature pushed it to the limit, though. We went to York, Pennsylvania, Saturday night to do the make-up concert that was postponed due to snow back in December, and just as we were leaving town on Sunday morning, more snow began to fall. Fans wrote and told me they drove through three or more inches of the blowing white stuff on their way home, and that it was a slow-go. Ole Man Winter just doesn’t want to give up, does he?
On the flight back to Nashville, we were joined by some members of Connie Smith’s band, and a host of other Music City musicians and songwriters headed home from weekend road dates. There were so many guitars in the overhead bins that Connie’s bass player was moving down the aisle thanking everybody for flying “Hee-Haw Airlines!”
March was exciting with the official in-store release of our “Life!” CD headlining a month filled with lots of good things, including our celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry House on March 15th. My calendar for April doesn’t seem quite so busy at this point, but I know from experience how fast that can change!
We will be in Nashville most of the month, appearing on the Grand Ole Opry at least six times: April 4th, 5th, 15th, 18th, 19th, and 29th. I’ve got several days on hold for songwriting sessions with some of my favorite co-writers, including Jon Randall, Paul Overstreet, Buddy Cannon, and more. We won’t be traveling to any concert dates this month, but we’ll be turning the dogs loose come May!
I’ll be taking one weekend off in April to see my granddaughter, Rae Robeson, perform in her first college play. She enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University this past fall, and is not only continuing to act, sing, and dance, but is studying media production and lots of things on the “other” side of the camera. She is determined to be in some phase of the entertainment business which, as you might guess, pleases her ole Paw-Paw. Younger sister, Caroline, who graduates from high school in May, plans to follow a somewhat similar path by majoring in Communications at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville beginning this fall.
My grandsons, Nick and Blake, are both playing Spring basketball in order to polish their skills for their school teams next season. My 9-year old granddaughter, Greta, broke her left arm recently when she fell from a scooter that was going too fast. Fortunately, she’s right-handed! Sophie, my 4-year old adopted granddaughter, will be having her tonsils out on April 14th. In this family, as in most of yours I’m sure, there are very few dull moments.
Thanks for your continuing prayers and concerns for my grandson, Gabe, and my son-in-law, Chuck. There’s nothing new to report, but we all appreciate your continuing to care.
Here’s wishing each of you a good month, and my thanks for continuing to support me and my career. Keep tuning us in on Country’s Family Reunion as we bring you our two newest series, “Strictly Bluegrass” and “God Bless America Again.” Meantime, I’ll try to write some new songs that you’ll enjoy and will continue trying to please you with our performances on the Opry. See you back here next month.
All my best….”Still”,