August is going to be extra hot here in Whisperville with so many exciting things popping up on my calendar.
First, I hope as many of you as possible will be listening to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night August 8th as I will be sharing with the audience details of a very surprising and thrilling event in my life. I won’t ruin the surprise by talking about it now, but please tune in if you can.
There will be two shows that night, and my “event” will be featured on both the early and the late performances. I’m really excited about it.
Hint: Even though the Opry will be recognizing Connie Smith’s 50th Opry anniversary that night, my surprise is not connected to her celebration at all.
July was fun for us out on tour, and I want to thank all our club members who came to see us in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, and Crossville, Tennessee. It’s always fun to meet up with longtime friends that we don’t get to see often enough.
On July 29th, I taped a guest appearance on the new Dailey & Vincent TV Show for RFD-TV. Those guys are two of my favorite people, and nobody sings better harmony. I also hosted an episode of Larry’s Country Diner this week, and my guest was Moe Bandy. We featured the new song of mine that he just recorded. I will get you air dates on both shows soon as they are available.
They tell us we’ve got two sold-out crowds waiting for us when we go back up to the Midwest Country Theater in Sandstone, Minnesosta, on August 22nd and we’re looking forward to that. We’ll also be appearing on the Opry August 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 18th, and 25th. September looks very busy on the road with trips to Texas, Indiana, and western Canada.
On the songwriting front, my buddy Clint Black has a new deal with Thirty Tigers Entertainment and will be releasing a song that he, Bob DiPiero, and I wrote when we were touring together overseas a couple of years ago. The original title was “The International Language Of Beer,” but they’ve shortened it to just “Beer” and added the voices of Big & Rich to the mix. It’s a fun song, and I hope you’ll be listening for it. Mo Pitney’s recording of our song, “Country,” continues to do well as does his video, which recently broke into the Top Five on GAC-TV.
Our friend, Larry Black, is now back in Nashville following his ATV accident in Montana, but he had to go back in the hospital. He needs our continued prayers, as do Joey & Rory as they struggle with Joey’s recurring cancer. Save some prayers, too, for my grandson, Gabe. His cancer treatments have intensified, and he’s having some pretty rough days right now. And our deepest condolences to the families, friends and fans of Buddy Emmons, Patsy Stoneman, and Lynn Anderson. It’s been another tough period of loss for those of us in country music.