January 6, 2014
And welcome to our first fan club newsletter of 2014. I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and that you’re heading into the New Year with a spirit of renewed peace and enthusiasm.
And to our friends out in the midwest and up in the northeast, I hope you are managing to stay warm and dry. I think they mis-named “global warming!”
I sure appreciated all the beautiful Christmas cards you sent me, and I read every single one…along with your many texts and e-mails. I had a terrific holiday season, spending time with all three of my children and all eight of my grandkids. I was able to take some time off afterward to rest and recharge my batteries. I’m really looking forward to the promise of an exciting year ahead.
My inbox overflowed during the holidays with messages from so many of you telling me how much you are enjoying our new video, “Old Army Hat.” People say it reminds them of parents, grandparents, and others in their families who have served in the military. Many said they were forwarding it to their friends and relatives and to various military organizations around the country. I appreciate that more than you know, and if you think of somebody who might enjoy seeing it, I encourage you to share it with them. Thanks.
Thanks, too, to all of you who ordered or downloaded our new CD, “Life,” during the holidays. Your comments are extremely encouraging. I’m glad we’ve created some new music that you seem to be enjoying.
Ol’ Man Winter forced us to cancel our scheduled December 14th concert in York, Pennsylvania, but it is being rescheduled for Spring. From the looks of our schedule, I would say that we will probably be on the road a little more in 2014 than we were last year. We don’t post our dates until all the contracts are signed, the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed, but quite a few shows are being lined up, including ten already in the month of May alone.
Here at home, I’m continuing to work on updating my autobiography and hoping to have some news about a release date shortly. I have quite a few songwriting appointments booked for the winter months as well. We will be on the Grand Ole Opry January 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th, and 30th. Our first road show of the year will be Feb. 8th in Chocowinity, North Carolina. We haven’t been over that way in quite some time, so I hope lots of you in that area will come see us.
Thanks for your continued prayers for my grandson, Gabe, and my son-in-law, Chuck. There’s nothing new to report, and in this case, no news is good news.
Thanks so much for everything, and Happy New Year to you all!