BILL BLOG Monday February 3, 2014 A new month...and six more weeks of bad stuff if you believed that rodent over the weekend up in PA. BACK HOME 8 hours down...8 hours back to Panama City. That's where I was over the weekend with my "Hits And Grins" trio. We had a GREAT show at the Martin Theater with a very enthusiastic audience as part of the Performing Arts Series there. It was our second time playing the theater. Two years ago we were there to help them introduce theit audience to a "songwriters" type evening...and the growth was extremely rewarding to see. Thanks to Rex for having us again...and the great staff...sound...lights...the city folks who got behind this...just great...and we had a ball. It was the next to last show for our Lisa Shaffer before she and her husband Kevin re-settle back near Cincinnati so Steve Dean and myself soaked it all up. Her voice continues to amaze me...and the crowd that was there. My brother Gary and his wife Kay made a three and a half hour trip over from Gulf Shores, Alabama to see the show and have dinner which made it even more special... as did my great friends John and Sharon Kendall. So appreciate them doing that. It's pretty cool to look out in the audience and see folks ya know...much less family. And we made a ton of new friends too.
NEXT SHOW For "Hits And Grins" will be with Victoria Venier who will be taking Lisa's place full time. This show will be at the Listening Room here in Nashville March 5...and then Lisa's very last show will be us at the Jim Parker Songwriter evening in Huntsville, Alabama on March 7. All of the details are on the calendar at billwhytecomedy.com SUPER BOWL What time do the Broncos play? What a bust of a game yesterday...but...still fun to watch...even if it was just for the commercials. Looks like the Bud "puppy-horse" spot won best overall commercial. And the Bud spot saluting the troops also finished near the top. My fave came in 7 or so...and that was the Bob Dylan Chrysler spot. Loved Jerry Seinfeld...and loved Bruno Mars at halftime. Could have gone without the Chili Peppers...but what a showman that guy is. James Brown...all over again. Congrats to Seattle and their fans. They played their butts off. It was over at "safety" wasn't it? Now...how many days til the first pitch? SADLY Hated reading the news about actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. What a waste. Death by drugs. Got the world by the tail...but apparently some demons had him by the tail. Hard to make sense of...so I try not to. Just sad...really sad how many talented people die way too young despite the history in front of them. TODAY Off to write a song with Paul Bogart and Dan Wilson today down on Music Row. May the rhymes and tune be with us today. Have a great Monday.
BILL BLOG Friday January 31, 2014 Already? Last day of January? C'mon! HELLO PANAMA CITY Waking up to a water view this morning from my little motel room in Panama City, Florida after driving 8 hours from Nashville to get here yesterday for our "Hits And Grins" show tonight which takes place at 7:30 pm at the MARTIN THEATER. We played the theater two years ago...so we appreciate Rex and the gang for having us back and making us part of their performance series this year. I-65 I'm glad we did not have to make the trip Wednesday. Pretty sure we could not have gotten here after driving through Birmingham yesterday. Cars were off the side of the road everywhere...and the tow truck guys were having a field day. Looks like "B'ham shut down like ATL did. Amazing. Still some patches of snow...and actually hit one small iced patch that the sun couldn't get to. But...we made it to the coast...my favorite place to be. ICE CREAM We made a stop in Dothan, AL...where they have a Bruester's Ice Cream shop..my fave since my brother and sister in law Gary and Kay put me on to it a few years ago while visiting them in Pennsylvania. The lady at the counter told us that the day before with the big storm...they sold a total of SIX orders. That was it. We gave them three yesterday...delish. Never too cold for that treat. SEA FOOD We arrived at our very 70's looking old motel that sits on the water...tossed our bags and guitar in the room and went to a little family local seafood place. Shrimp...lots of shrimp. Then we all hit the bed early...and now it's showtime. We will do a little rehearsing today...then my brother and sister in law are coming in from Gulf Shores to catch lunch and then later the show. This is our next to last show with Lisa Shaffer...which makes me sad. But...she and her husband Kevin are ready to move home to northern KY and I support them and their decision because they are two of my best friends and you root for your friends. I just know that these last two shows...I will enjoy her talent more than ever knowing things will change in the near future. So...if by chance you're coming to one of these two shows...you're in for a treat. "Hits and Grins" will continue as Steve Dean and I are happy to welcome Victoria Venier to the trio and we've already started rehearsals with shows to be announced. You'll hear much more about her in the future. We have one show together at the Listening Room in Nashville in a few weeks. As always all my performance dates are at billwhytecomedy.com THE WEEKEND We'll be up early pointing north to Nashville tomorrow morning ...yes...stop in Dothan for Bruester's...then home to my wife Kathy and to see my daughter Heather just a bit before she has to jump back on a plane and get back to Miami for American Airlines. And then I'll plant myself on the couch to watch Peyton win his second Super-Bowl. I hope! Have a great weekend.
BILL BLOG Thursday January 30, 2013 Looking at a few bags and a guitar case in the hallway...ready to start an 8 hour journey to Panama City, Florida in a few hours for a show tomorrow night with "Hits And Grins". 41 is the high there today....just over 60 tomorrow. The trip south should be interesting as we'll surely see snow on the ground headed 65 south...Birmingham for sure. The pictures in Atlanta are unreal where cars were just abandoned with the snow and slick roads. The Gov and Mayor will get their fair share of heat after not declaring an emergency sooner and kids getting stranded for overnights in school. Kenny Rogers who lives there had that happen with his twins. The south? We do not do snow well. Years ago I had a two week gig in Lakeland, Florida with my band. We were so looking forward to being in sunny Florida after we'd been freezing in our home state of Missouri. Right! We get to Atlanta....and it looks like what it looked like yesterday. Snow. Panic. At one point on the steep hills....you had to stop and wait to see if a truck was going to get up or slide off before you tried yourself. We were in a van pulling a trailer. Somehow we got up. We pulled over at a gas station after climbing the hill...and inside on the counter of this place was a plastic bucket and shovel with a sign taped on it that said "Georgia Road Crew". HOME My daughter Heather snuck in last night from Miami...and of course I'm leaving after having just enough time to hug her last night before finding a pillow. She's doing well as a flight attendant for American Airlines...and we get to hear some interesting stories these days. Any time you deal with folks for a living...you have some great stories that you can tell...privately. She leaves Sunday so I'll have time to see her some Saturday when I get back from Panama City. Because she has to use a laundromat in Miami living in a crash pad...she brought home and extra suitcase of dirty clothes. College...all over again. our border.
HOME ON THE RANGE I love cowboy music. Riders in the Sky...Sons Of The Pioneers....Sons of The San Joaqin (look those guys up)....and I love going to those old Chuckwagon Shows that you can find out West. Meal on a tin plate..hot biscuit from ole "Camp Cookie"....and then a cowboy group hits the stage. "Home On The Range" is iconic for Western music. The cabin where the song was written in the 1870's started as a poem...and is being restored in Athol, Kansas. Cool. I had no idea that song was the state song for Kansas. I can hear Gene Autry right now. "O give me a home, where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play....where seldom is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day".....
Okay...time to get out of the saddle and go grab the rental car for the trip. THE SHOW Tomorrow night (Friday) at the Martin Theater in Panama City, Florida. If you're close...come on. Heck...I just might break into "Home on The Range". Have a great Thursday
BILL BLOG Wednesday January 29, 2014 Should have bought stock in space heaters this year huh? YESTERDAY I spent a long day at the computer writing a ton of stuff for New York. Two parody songs, 4 lifestyle pieces, and 4 stories about the latest hot news surrounding country stars. Not in my wildest imagination would I have ever thought I'd be a content writer like this. It's fun though...and I'm grateful that years ago a comedian/writer...Roger Naylor worked with me on a radio show in Cincinnati who really got me enthused about writing comedy...and writing period. I've written songs for a long time...still do of course...but this is another twist in the road I couldn't have seen even if I had been wearing Google glasses. I wrote stories about "Why Brits Remove Their Wedding Bands"..."Why Does Facebook Want Your Texts"? And...I also covered the new concerns about the popularity of E-Cigarettes and "Two Year Old's Taking Selfies". Go figure. I never know what I'm going to be assigned...but there's multiple stories every day. It's a challenge...and the work has increased substantially...so it seems to be working for NYC...and me. Late next month I'm hoping to be in Roger's neck of the Arizona woods near Sedona and hike the canyons...take in the colors...and thank him again as we sit on some rocky ledge overlooking breath taking scenery. PETE SEEGER He passed yesterday. The folks singer with the banjo was in his 90's. His wife passed before him...but not before they had been married 70 years! When I went to college...the folk scene was around. Coffee houses...acoustic players. My two brothers and I had a little trio when we were young and sang Kingston Trio songs and the like. Kenny Rogers was in the New Christy Minstrels. John Denver in the Chad Mitchell Trio. I sang some of Pete's signature tunes as we all did. "This Land Is Your Land"..."If I Had A Hammer"...you name em. Today...folk music...at least for me...is found in the songwriter rounds I perform in. Some of it falls in that kind of vibe. And certainly...Americana Music shares even more of that with folk music. Thanks for making the world sing along Pete. ON THE ROAD I'm off to Panama City for a Friday night show with "Hits and Grins" this weekend at the Martin Theater. Happy to say my brother and sister in law Gary and Kay are going to make their way over from Gulf Shores during their snowbird stay down there. And...I just added a show for November in Columbia, Tennessee with my "Evening In The Round" trio of Grammy winner Linda Davis, Lang Scott and myself...as well as a new show in Gulf Shores, Alabama with my great and funny friend Brent Burns. That show will be at the American Legion March 19. All the details for all my dates as always are on my calendar at billwhytecomedy.com
CONGRATS To my friend Heather Riley who came to town an recorded an album a few months ago that has four of my songs on it. She got a great critical review from a country magazine in Europe where the writer said some great things about her music...and even pointed out a line from one of my songs. Good for her. She doesn't have a website yet...but you can find her music on her Facebook page...online...You Tube....wherever. My friend Dean Raymer drew her to my attention as she was getting ready to record....so she was ahead of me once again. Good stuff. TODAY Full day of writing...packing for the trip to Florida...and my daughter Heather will be arriving to stay a few days while I'm gone! Ships crossing in the night. The good news is she'll still be here for a day or so when I get back so we'll take advantage of that. Have a great Wednesday.
BILL BLOG Tuesday January 28, 2014 Minus 10 wind chill in Music City today. Little Jimmy Dickens should have never stuck his tongue on that metal pole. Brad Paisley is doing his best to pry him loose. Again...my point of "cold" reference is my sister Rita who lives in Rochester, Minnesota. Wind chill there will be -39 today. I feel better already. YESTERDAY I wrote with my old Cincinnati buddy Jerry Marcum who brought a beach idea to the dining room table at his place. The cold must have affected him too. Both of us had bands playing in Cincinnati at one time and that's how we got to know each other. Jerry's been here a long time...went through several major publishing deals...had lots of his songs recorded...and several that have been placed in TV shows and movies. He told me the funniest story about a song he co-wrote with another Cincinnati friend Wayne Perry who passed several years ago.
They landed one of their songs in the movie "Nurse Betty" which starred comedian Chris Rock. Now...when you land a song...they may use 1 second of it...or they might use 2 minutes of it...just depends. The longer it's on...the more you get paid. Their song is used in a scene where Chris Rock is in a car and they're looking for music on the radio. First thing that comes on is a bluegrass song and Chris goes crazy and says something like "I ain't listening to that"....and changes the station. That was my friends song! Lasted maybe two seconds and it was gone. So funny. And they still got paid. SOMEBODY LIKED THE GRAMMY SHOW...A LOT The show Sunday night had the biggest ratings in 20 years. Huge numbers. I'm guessing the tease of having McCartney and Ringo together helped draw some in. But either way...folks at CBS are celebrating. Me? I'm trying to buy one of those Smokey The Bear hats Pharrell Williams wore. And then I'll accessorize with a grill like Madonna wore. That should get me noticed. SMART BRA Yes...I wrote a story about a new Smart Bra that's been developed by a Japanese lingerie company. My New York syndication company sent me the assignment. Here's how it works. They put some kind of sensor "app" in the bra...when the woman's heart rate goes up enough...the bra opens. So...if she's with the "right" guy supposedly...well...you can take it from there. Technology is such a great thing isn't it? MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME I have got to get by and see this. It's at a new location now at the old Nashville Arena. There's a great collection of instruments and history of the greatest musicians ever. I used to write in the building that housed the old one....but never got around to taking the tour. I have to correct that. They had to move out of the old location because the city was building this mammoth new Convention Center next to the Country Music Hall Of Fame...which also expanded. And for the record...both are great additions to the downtown landscape. Spectacular actually. Tonight...Peter Frampton...Buddy Guy...Barbara Mandrell and others will be inducted into the Musician's Hall Of Fame. All deserving. And there's a huge concert built around it...with the Oak Ridge Boys...Neil Young...Brenda Lee...Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top all performing.
Just another thing to see if you come to Nashville. WORDS TO LIVE BY From of all people...former NFL wide receiver Shannon Sharpe. "Never get into a peeing competition with a skunk. You can never win". Duly noted. Have a great Tuesday!
BILL BLOG Monday January 27, 2014 Take a look...last week of the first month of the New Year...already.
And we're going out with a cold blast. Yesterday something like 60...this morning....I think we'll see a 40 degree difference the wrong way. Cold...again. It's truly been a yo-yo winter here as it goes up...drops down...again and again. THE WEEKEND We had our first "Hits And Grins" show with our newest member Victoria Venier Friday night at Puckett's in Nashville and had a blast. Now we've got something to build on as we go forward after getting the first one under our belts. Shout out to my friend Becky Blackaby who's from my neck of the woods Missouri who came in and caught the show. Becky is a writer/artist too and it's always great to see folks from the Show Me State. In fact...we had a couple of tables from Missouri on Friday night which was cool. We've added a show with this trio March 5 at the Listening Room in Nashville at 8:30 pm as we are working towards getting a lot of stage time before the real work starts this summer...so come see us. FLORIDA And to my southern friends near Panama City, Florida....the "Hits And Grins" show with Lisa Shaffer will be at the Martin Theater this Friday night for a show. It's one of the last two shows we have with Lisa...so if you're close...come out. All the details are on my calendar at billwhytecomedy.com THE GRAMMY SHOW Odd...all over the place...but it had some moments. I found myself going back and forth from the Grammy's to "The Godfather 1 and 2" that I had taped. Weird...I know. But it was an offer I couldn't refuse. I was happy for my friend Jerry Salley who I write with that has a song on the Del McCoury album that won a Grammy for bluegrass last night in the pre show. Way to go Jerry! And I was happy that Kacey Musgrave's won for "Same Trailer, Different Park" which was my favorite album last year....even though radio has been slow to embrace her. That happens A lot of the better music is not on radio...and the Grammy's help point that out...voted on by peers. The popular vote of the masses? That's taken care of in award shows like "People's Choice" etc...and you'll notice the two votes are miles apart. And that's cool. I figure...I know nothing about plumbing. But...if a plumber pats another guy on his industry on the back...I figure that guy must be pretty good at what he does for another "peer" to say so...even if I don't see or get it. Same way with music. Artists want commercial success. They have to make a living...which means they have to sell to masses. But I can guarantee you...outside of that....the award every musician wants is a Grammy...the vote from your peers that your work is excellent...whether radio and or the masses have locked onto it or not. Congrats to all the winners. SMALL REVIEW Taylor Swift rocked the fashion last night...performance was okay. Hunter Hayes song? Didn't do a thing for me. Beatles...cool....always...cool. The Highwaymen...looked and old...and I hate that. They guys with the helmet on their head? Where was their motorcycles? Beyonce and Jay Z...get a room. Keith Urban showed again he can rock a guitar. And my overall hope is that George Strait will hang upside down on a ribbon like "Pink" one day and sing "This Is Where The Cowboy Flies Away". TODAY Off to write with an old friend Jerry Marcum today. Jerry had a great country band in Cincinnati when I had one there too and we became friends and now we're both in Nashville writing tunes. Here's to a little magic happening at the writing table this morning. Have a great Monday!
BILL BLOG Friday January 24, 2014 Wonder if they make heated keyboard pads for computers? BRRR I don't want to say it's cold...but I've put a caulk strip around the trap on my long johns this morning to keep it sealed tight. The tips of my fingers may be cold...but south of my Mason-Dixon Line....it's comfy. Thought you should know. YESTERDAY I was in a studio with Steve Dean, Paul Bogart and Dave Smith. Dave has a great little home studio and does terrific work and he plays guitar out on the road for Lee Greenwood so it was interesting... because Steve Dean wrote Lee's last number one hit song "Hearts Aren't Made To Break". So Steve and Dave had an interesting conversation about that tune. Apparently Lee does it quite a bit faster than the original recording these days in his "live" shows as compared to the recording all those years ago. My thanks to my buddy Paul Bogart for laying down a great country vocal on our song that Steve and I co-wrote with Cledus T. Judd. It turned out great...and it was a fun couple of hours in the studio together for sure. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ray Stevens turns 75 today. Still one funny musical dude. I feel very blessed to be able to say that Ray recorded a song I wrote with my beach pal Brent Burns "Retired". Here's to 75 more years of genius from Ray. BIEBER FEVER I spent just a bit of my day re-writing the Johnny Cash classic "Folsom Prison Blues" in "Miami Prison Blues" for the Justin Bieber story yesterday for my folks in New York. I hope somebody grabs the kid and helps him straighten out. Right now he's a punch line for lots of comedians. GRAMMY TIME I'm always in and out of the Grammy show. Parts I love...parts are okay...some of the music was not meant for me. But this Sunday I certainly want to see if Paul and Ringo sing together...which is the rumor. And...they are reconstructing the Highwaymen. Willie, and Kris Kristofferson will be joined by Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton who take the places of departed Waylon and Johnny. How hot is Blake Shelton? He's invited to be a fill in for that group? Wow. TONIGHT We have our first gig for our new "Hits And Grins" trio that welcomes Victoria Lyn Venier. We're at Puckett's downtown Nashville for an 8:30 pm performance. Hope to see some of ya out front. Have a great weekend.
BILL BLOG January 23, 2014 Still cold. 18 for a high today. Glad I don't have a dog to walk. I hate having to blow torch them loose from a fire hydrant. GETTING AHEAD I spent a little time watching "Feherty" on the Golf Channel last night as he has his own "live" talk show now. My brother Gary who is an avid golfer put me on to David Feherty a few years ago. He talks golf...but he's so funny you sometimes forget he's talking about golf...and a lot of times he's not. Lee Trevino was a guest last night..."The Merry Mex". He worked in a cotton field as a kid and went on to be the world's greatest golfer for many years...with a sense of humor. His theory on getting head is "work"...that's all. "work"....and keep working. You'll get really good at almost everything if you're willing to devote your time and effort towards it. That's simply putting it...but I believe that to be the truth. Most of us don't achieve success by luck. More times than not...it was the preparation...time....and work...that made what some may view as "luck"...reality. CASE IN POINT Fred Morrison. Who he be? The guy who took a popcorn tin and started tossing it around. Someone saw him doing it and bought it... and the light bulb went on. He would not give up on his little idea and eventually it turned to plastic and a company bought his patented little product. 200 million Frisbees have been sold since. Love those kinds of stories...and I'm hooked these days on "Shark Tank" because it's fun to see what people dream up and are passionate about. QUACK They are thinking about putting a Peabody Hotel here in Nashville. That's the hotel in Memphis where you can watch them herd some ducks from the roof to the lobby where they swim in a fountain then march back to the elevator like little Mallard soldiers. Apparently they won't let anyone watch wearing camo or blaze orange. Be advised. UKE We got our daughter a ukelele for Christmas. They're hot right now. So hot that some High Schools are buying them and teaching kids how to play them. It's a pretty simple instrument to learn two or three chords on....which allows you play and sing almost anything you want. I'm so in favor of that. Teach a kid to play a musical instrument and it's a gift for life. Our "Hits And Grins" trio worked with a guitar class in Port St. Joe, Florida the last two years. They LOVE their instrument. Learning to read music is great...and learning to play by sheet music and symphonic music is admirable. I wish I understood theory...and could play several instruments. But being able to just play a few chords on a guitar can change your life. It did mine. So I'm certainly in favor of ukelele classes in school...and guitar classes. I've said it before but it's true. No one has ever asked me to get up and jam with them anywhere on my French Horn...which is what I blew into in High School Band. Of course now that I think about it...no one asks me all that much to jam with them on a guitar either. Sigh. MUSKRAT LOVE NO MORE The Captain and Tenille are getting divorced? Good grief. Who gets to keep the hat? They were married almost 40 years...but I suppose there will be no more "Muskrat Love". Sad. TODAY I'm off to the studio in a couple of hours to do a guitar demo with my friend Steve Dean for a song we wrote with Cledus T. Judd. We went into a studio last week and did a piano/soulful-vocal demo of it....today will be a guitar-country demo of the song to give us a bigger field of artists to pitch the song too. Dave Smith who's out on the road with Lee Greenwood these days has a little home studio we'll use. Dave will lay down the guitar part...and our friend Paul Bogart will sing the tune for use. Should be fun. Have a great Thursday.
BILL BLOG Wednesday January 22, 2014 Not to beat a frozen horse...but it's cold again. 12 degrees in Nashville at 7:30 am...but I can take comfort in knowing it's a heat wave compared to the -8 degrees my daughter is feeling in Montreal right now as she wakes up to catch her working flight back to Miami. Talk about needing two sets of clothes! MEANWHILE... Somewhere in Wisconsin and Minnesota...some dudes are dragging what looks like outhouses out onto the frozen ice...drilling a hole and dropping a line to catch fish. Uh...no. The city is actually offering free ice fishing clinics if you'd like to attend. Again...uh...no. YESTERDAY A good chunk of Tuesday I was in rehearsal with Steve Dean and Victoria Lyn Venier re-tooling our "Hits And Grins" trio. I was in good musical company so it was a nice way to spend part of the day. The harmony lines are starting to shape up...and our song list is expanding so all is good. We've done one small set together...a few months ago playing at the Nashville airport where I first met Victoria. This Friday night we get some more stage time at Puckett's downtown Nashville. 8:30 pm show...great food...so come early. Yes...there's a cover charge...but we are SO worth it. If you're near I hope you'll come check us out. TODAY Time to hit the gym and then get my writing done for New York. FYI...for my friends in Gulf Shores...I'll be there for a private Parrot Head event in March with my friend Brent Burns...but we are also working on a show that will be open to the public. I should have details for that soon. As soon as we firm it up...I'll have it here...and on my calendar at billwhytecomedy.com Stay warm...have a great Wednesday.
BILL BLOG Tuesday January 21, 2014 And here comes the "Polar Vortex" again. Yesterday was spring like in Twang Town as we may have hit 60 or so. Today...at 10 AM our high will be established at 30 and then start to drop until we bottom out at 20 degrees or so tonight.
We're going to get a light dusting of snow...but they have already closed schools in Kentucky and we may see some of that here. Wow. My sister who lives in Minnesota must find it funny to see us closing schools at the slightest news of cold and snow. I do too after living in Wisconsin six years and seeing huge snow fall and NO school closings on what I thought were heavy snow days until I lived there long enough to know the difference. Winter Armageddon in the south...here we go. YESTERDAY I caught my first basketball game of the year at Belmont...my daughter's alma mater. It's the little team that overachieves...beating North Carolina earlier this year. As remarkable as that sounds...seems like everyone is beating the Tarheels this year. What's with that? Anyway...it was an afternoon game....free admission...and Vince Gill and Amy Grant (his wife) were there rooting the Bruins on like I was. It's fun to watch them cheer on the team seated right behind our head coach Rick Byrd..and it makes the game even more fun. The good guys won yesterday in a fun game...but one of the big highlights yesterday was watching a kid have a chance to get a free semester if he could sink a half court shot on one try during a time out in the game. Up the ball goes...SLAMS off the backboard through the net! The place erupts. Some parents somewhere are still celebrating a free semester. GETTING MARRIED Yesterday for my syndication company I wrote about a new wedding trend..."Marryoke". If you can't stand karaoke...like me....brace yourself. A couple did a lip sync video of themselves in full wedding garb lip syncing their favorite song to video as a keepsake. Now they have a company selling that idea and it's catching on all around the world. God help us. Next up for failed marriages...."Alimonyoke". DECORATING TREES File this one under thrills I don't get. Two doors over....a house got tee peed in the middle of the night. Toilet paper all over their trees...and even stickers attached to the windows of the home owners glass windows saying who knows what. I heard dogs bark in the middle of the night...never realizing that someone was sneaking into their yard and trashing it with Charmin. The fact that they were brazen enough to sticker their windows too is amazing considering how many home owners have a fire arm tucked away inside a dresser drawer. This is how folks get hurt...if they get caught. Imagine what would happen if someone tried to tee pee Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman's house! COMET CHASING That's what we're doing. We have a spacecraft chasing a comet...and it sent back pictures yesterday. The goal? To land on the comet! Technology is amazing. But...if I had my druthers...I wish they'd take that technology and chase the idiots who tee pee'd my neighbors house and trees the other night. Send back pictures of those nut balls. TODAY If the city doesn't shut down from the Polar Vortex...I'm off for another day of "Hits And Grins" rehearsal with Steve Dean and Victoria Lyn Venier as we continue to re-tool our songwriter trio gearing up for what we hope will be a busy summer and fall of traveling and performing. Our first show together is this Friday night at Puckett's on Church Street in downtown Nashville...so come on and join us if you're anywhere near. Have a great Tuesday.