It was a special night at the Opry on Tuesday Oct. 30th when Ed Haley, the former World War II soldier who inspired my song, “Old Army Hat,” came to celebrate his 95th birthday. When I introduced him to the audience, they gave him a rousing standing ovation. He’s seen here with me and the song’s co-writer, Walt Aldredge, following my appearance on stage. Jeannie Seely and I had fun recording a radio special for Sirius/XM earlier in the month, as did Jamey Johnson and I as we sang our song, “Everybody Wants To Be 21” for the first time live on the Opry. On my birthday, Jamey texted me that “everybody wants to be 81…that’s the goal!