Well, it’s a good thing I took a few days off at the end of April to relax and stare at the ocean for awhile. From the looks of things, I might not get a whole lot more rest for the next six weeks or so. Things are poppin’ all around me!
UMG Records sent out a press release last week detailing the exciting news about my rejoining the label that I called home for 23-years and the initial projects that are on the horizon. First, is a new album called, “As Far As I Can See,” which will be released on June 10th. It will contain 14 of my biggest hits from across the years plus two duets with Dolly Parton. Two days after the announcement, the record was already the #1 most pre-ordered record from Amazon!! You’d be hard pressed to get the smile off my face right now!!
One of the two Dolly duets is the original demo recording of “If It’s All The Same To You,” which Dolly recorded with me not long after she moved to town in 1964. The other, and the one I am so incredibly excited about, is the song you might have heard me sing on the Grand Ole Opry and/or Larry’s Country Diner called, “Someday It’ll All Make Sense.”
You may have heard me sing it, but you’ve really not heard the song until you hear it with Dolly’s voice added to the mix. The few people who have heard it say that it reminds them of the old Porter & Dolly duets, and that’s just about the best compliment our record could be paid. It’s stone country, and I think you’ll be surprised at how well our voices blend. Plus, the positive message of the song makes it one of the favorite records of my entire career. I can’t wait for you to hear it.
Oh, and did I mention that Dolly and I are set to film a video together in a couple of weeks? It’ll be a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!
In the meantime there’s a lot of other things going on. On May 3rd I am recording a TV visit with my friend, Clint Black, for his new show on the Circle Network. When they give us an air date I’ll let you know. Jeannie Seely and I are also taking part in the filming of a documentary tribute to the late Minnie Pearl that same day. Somewhere between May 23rd and May 29th the interview I did with Jimmy Fortune for his new show will air on seven different networks across the country. You can check it out at www.mylifemysongs.com by clicking on “Shows.”
My Sirius/XM radio buddy, Dallas Wayne, has invited me to join him on May 7th to perform his new song, “He Even Brought Her Flowers,” for the first time on the Opry. And on May 14th I’ll be joining the Opry cast and management in officially inducting my longtime friend, Jamey Johnson, into the Opry family. I’ll be on the Opry two more times in May as well, the 28th and the 31st.
I had a great honor bestowed on me a few days ago when the Atlanta Braves’ 2021 World Series championship trophy made an appearance in Nashville, and they asked me to be the one to present it to the fans down at the Hall of Fame. Me and a whole bunch of my fellow Braves fans did the “Chop” and laughed and relived a lot of great memories from last season. I even got to try on a World Series ring…and it made my treasured Grand Ole Opry ring look mighty small in comparison.
People are starting to ask if I’m going to take part in any CMA Music Fest activities this year, and the answer is yes. I’ll have the details in our June newsletter.
On the personal side, my grandson Gabe had pain management surgery (injections) in late April to try and ease the pain from the arthritis with which he has been diagnosed. It seems like it’s one thing after another for him, and we continue to thank you for your thoughts and prayers on his behalf. Just don’t stop now.
Here’s wishing each of you a merry, merry month of May, and we’ll see you back here in early June. Thanks for everything….