It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day….and I hope that’s exactly what you are having. Thanks for joining us for our final newsletter of this crazy year.
I hope by now you’ve heard our new song, “It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day,” and if you haven’t seen the video, it will be coming to a screen near you within hours. It is set to debut on The Boot.com Dec. 2nd. The few who have seen it tell me they want to watch it over and over again because it “makes me feel good,” as one person told me. And if there ever was a time that we could all use a little “feel good” it’s right now.
The band and I really enjoyed recording the song and filming the video back in January, and I hope it shows. To all my band members, to our record producer and guitar player, Thomm Jutz, to Jamie Jean and his crew who filmed the recording session and added in all the good-time video clips….thanks for a great job.
A lyric video is on the way the first day of 2021. The words to the song will appear on the screen so you can have a good day singing along. I’m teasing and telling folks that I’m going to change the title then, though, and call it, “It’s A Good Year To Have A Good Year.” After 2020, we all need one!
Don’t forget to check out our “It’s A Good Day To Have A Good Day” merchandise on our website. We have everything from shirts and hoodies to cell phone covers, coffee cups, and socks. I hope you’ll order yours soon and encourage your friends to “have a good day” by displaying it.
I had some good days and nights going back to the Grand Ole Opry in October and November, but it looks as though those will be my last trips out there for awhile. For safety’s sake, the Opry has had to cut back on the number of people they allow backstage, and none of us will be permitted to bring our band members to the show for awhile. It wasn’t an easy decision for the Opry management, but it’s for the best with the COVID numbers continuing to rise in Tennessee and elsewhere. Hopefully things will reverse themselves soon and we can all go safely back to our Opry Home again. Meantime, I’ll sit by the fire and listen to the show just like you.
I also just learned that Country’s Family Reunion will discontinue airing on RFD-TV at the end of December. We had a great run there for 23-years (very few shows have ever lasted that long), and I appreciate more than you know your watching the programs and letting me know how much you enjoyed them. The shows will continue to air on Country Road TV and possibly in other places, so they won’t be disappearing completely. But they will no longer be on RFD.
Along with many of you, I was extremely saddened by the news of Opry member Hal Ketchum’s passing on Nov. 23rd. Hal and I wrote some songs together, including one of my favorites called, “The Paper,” which I recorded and released in my “Fine Wine” album some years back. Hal had one of the most uniquely creative minds that I’ve ever been around. I send my condolences to his wife and family.
Also, my former sound engineer, songwriting buddy, and friend to many of our members, Bobby Tomberlin, lost his mother last week. Our condolences to Bobby and his dad as well.
I hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving in spite of the restrictions imposed on us all by the coronavirus. I spent a quiet day at home, reading with appreciation your many kind messages, and stuffing my face with turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings. I missed our traditional big family gathering, but we’re already making plans for all of us to be together next year. How’s that for positive thinking?
Speaking of family, my grandson, Blake, began his senior year of high school basketball last month, and in his team’s first game he scored 21 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. I know he won’t do that in every game, and right now because of COVID they might not even play many more, but what a way to start the season! Granddaughter Hallie, who is twelve, has begun trying her hand at writing songs, and her early efforts are better than mine were when I was her age. And Granddaughter Caroline is preparing to go to work in the box office selling tickets to the Christmas events at the Opryland Hotel. I love having all my kids and grandkids so close now. I just hope they all stick around.
In closing, I wish for each of you a very Merry Christmas, and above all a safe and healthy one. May Santa’s sleigh be loaded down with vaccines that will help us put this dreaded virus in our rear view mirrors. And may 2021 truly be a Happy New Year for us all.
Thanks a BILLion for everything, and God bless.