September 4, 2014
Last month in our newsletter, I asked you to tell me what three songs you would choose to play to impress a person who was listening to country music for the first time. The response was overwhelming, with well over a hundred different titles being submitted. Thanks to each of you who responded.
The number one song by a large margin was “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which came as no surprise to me. Second was “He’ll Have To Go,” which, I’ll admit, I was not expecting. Third was “Still,” but I wonder if some of you voted for that one just to be nice to me. Regardless, it was a fun exercise, and I thank Cheryl Cato, one of our members from Oklahoma, for coming up with the idea.
August was a really busy month for me with virtually non-stop traveling stretching all the way from Alaska to eastern Ontario and lots of places in between. I wasn’t feeling my best, after having picked up a case of bronchitis toward the end of our Alaskan cruise, but playing music and seeing so many of our old friends along the way was great medicine. Thanks to each of you who came out to see us.
We won’t be traveling as much in September, but we’ll still be busy. We are taping four new sets of Country’s Family Reunion shows this month and that’s always fun. Be watching for a new Christmas episode, and a Sweethearts Reunion show featuring many of your favorite artists, their spouses, and lots of pretty love songs. We’re also planning a tribute to the great Ray Price and a salute to honky-tonk music. Thanks to all of you who continue to tell us you enjoy our Reunion shows on RFD-TV each week as well as in your homes via the DVD’s.
I’ve got some new songs coming out soon that I hope you’ll be listening for. One is a beautiful ballad called “The View” that I co-wrote with the brother-sister team,The Roys, and which is the title song of their new CD scheduled for release this week. Jimmy Fortune and I co-wrote a new song called “American Pride” with Jamie Dailey of Dailey & Vincent., and those bluegrass greats are planning to record it shortly. It’s been earning standing ovations everywhere they sing it, including the Opry last Tuesday night.
Our Opry dates this month are September 5th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, and 30th. And on the 27th, I’ll be at the Starlite Theater in Branson along with Mo Pitney and the cast of Larry’s Country Diner. Come see us anytime and any place you can.
We’re moving ahead with plans for our book, both the printed and the audio editions, and should have some news for you shortly. Thanks to a good ole August Tennessee thunderstorm, we were without electrical power at my office for nine days recently, so we’re a bit behind on some things. Judy was on vacation, but sent me a note saying she hated to miss out on all the fun! Yeah, right!
Have a super September, and we’ll see you back here next month. Thanks for everything.