And welcome to our first newsletter of 2019!
I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season and that you’re ready to charge full steam ahead into the New Year.
2018 couldn’t have ended any better for all of us here in Whisperville. We found out on Christmas Eve that our “Waffle House Christmas” video had reached 1.1 million viewers on Facebook, well over 100,000 on YouTube, and no telling how many more on CMT and other broadcast and streaming outlets. And that was after its being out less than a month!
The numbers pleased me, of course, but more than that were the comments from folks telling me how our crazy antics on screen had brightened their holidays and made them laugh and smile. My thanks again to Kid Rock, Jeannie Seely, Tanya Tucker, Gretchen Wilson and all the other crazies who made it happen. I’m sure we’ll break it out again next Christmas…and the next, and the next, so be ready.
At the same time, there’s nothing deader than a Christmas song on December 26th. So what’s next? I’m glad you asked.
We’ve got a couple of new videos in the works, including one with Jamey Johnson on our song, “Everybody Wants To Be 21.” We’ve got some tour dates coming up in cold Canadian places like Regina, Saskatchewan (Jan. 10) and Edmonton, Alberta (Jan. 11), followed by others in Wisconsin (Johnson Creek 19th), and Minnesota (Sauk Rapids 20th). I tease my booking agent and tell him he has a great sense of humor…sending me north in the winter and probably to Florida in the summer! We’ll wrap up the month by climbing on board the Ambassador of the Seas (Jan. 27) for another Country’s Family Reunion cruise to the Caribbean. From probable ice and snow to sun, surf, and sand…I just hope I don’t get sick. But I guess that’s life in show business!
So many of you wrote during the holidays asking about things in my family, and I appreciate your continuing thoughts, prayers, and concerns. My grandson, Gabe has begun wearing glasses to see if eye strain has been causing his recent headaches, and we’re hopeful that’s the answer. I spent New Year’s sitting in the hospital alongside my friend, Vickie, who has been dealing with some new complications arising from her ongoing battle with cancer…both of us wishing we could magically close the door and leave all her problems back in 2018.
Grandson, Blake, should soon be back to playing high school basketball, minus the support he’s had to wear while dealing with a fractured wrist. Grandson, Nick, has been accepted for college at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga where he plans to major in Media Arts. There’s never a dull moment in my world.
I wish God’s favor, His love, and His blessings on you and yours here in the New Year. Thanks for continuing to be the best friends and fans a guy could possibly ever hope to have.
See you at Waffle House!