When I first heard that Roy Clark had passed away this morning, I was, like everyone else, saddened by the news. But shortly thereafter, a friend of mine sent me this picture taken when we saluted the Kornfield on Country’s Family Reunion a few years ago, and I smiled. “How can you look at this […]
I lost a dear, longtime, and special friend of mine today when Freddie Hart passed away. He was in his early nineties, and I’m told he died of pneumonia. I first got to know Freddie in the early sixties when I performed with him in California, both on various concert dates and on the legendary […]
What an incredible night it was for me at the Ryman Auditorium last night when the Nashville Songwriters Association, International, presented me with their prestigious Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting. I thought you might like to see a few pictures from the evening. My friend, Vickie Salas, Jon Randall, and I had time […]
I’ve been all over the world singing about having a “Wild Weekend” for years, but in real life, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a weekend quite like the one I just had.
It’s always exciting to see new members named to our Country Music Hall of Fame, and this year’s inductees are no exception. Congratulations to Ricky Skaggs and to the families of Johnny Gimble and Dottie West. I’ve been fortunate enough to share stages, ball fields, and backstage areas with each of them, and thought you […]
If, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, these three pictures are worth their weight in gold. They were taken on one of Mel Tillis’ last appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. You can see from the smile on my face how easily he could make me laugh…and in the last picture you can see how much we genuinely cared for one another.
I probably knew Mel longer than I knew any other Nashville artist. We met in late 1957 or early 1958 on a show called the Peach State Jamboree in Swainsboro, Georgia. I was one of the “local” entertainers and Mel was the week’s special guest from Nashville.
I thought you might like to see a short video taken Saturday November 4th on the campus of MIddle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. My friend and longtime singing partner, Jan Howard, was being honored with the Gold Star Award for her tireless efforts in support of the U.S. military. This video is an edited […]
So many of you continue to ask about my grandson, Gabe, and how things are progressing in his battle with cancer. I received this letter from his mom, Beth, while I was on vacation, and I want to share it with you.
Thank you SO much for your continued prayers and concerns. Please don’t stop now!
For the past several years, many of you have been following my grandson, Gabe, and his battle with a very rare type of cancer. Gabe is now twelve years old, and a straight-A student in middle school, in spite of the fact he misses at least one week every month as he deals with his chemo treatments. His mom, Beth, sent out an update on his condition last week, and I wanted to share it with you:
I had the sweetest telephone conversation over the weekend.
My daughter-in-law, Beth, has been telling me that my 8-year old granddaughter, Hallie, really wants to go to the Opry with me one night….just the two of us. So last night we decided that a Friday night would be best because Hallie doesn’t have to get up early on Saturdays like she does on Sundays for church. I sent Beth my Friday night schedule for the next two months and told her to pick the date that worked best for her.