BILL BLOG Friday November 22, 2013 Day 22 on the beach in Gulf Shores...bad back has reared it's ugly head once again and I'm wondering why that has to shoot pain down one of my legs? Weird. I see a chiro in my future once again today...and I may just put one on a retainer. I've tried yoga stretches at my wife's insistence...and lost my Man Card a couple of times for just thinking about assuming the "lotus" position. Just trying to get comfortable will be the goal today. But...at least the view of the water is soothing for sure. YESTERDAY Got a new song written with Brent Burns...with a little smile on it. We're always working ahead on Brent's next project and this was a start. Hopefully we'll get another one or two done before the holidays hit and everything shuts downs. Fun day...and "Happy Hour" was even more fun yesterday evening. Life on the Gulf Coast...laid back and easy. THE WEATHER Upper 70's today...then a cold wave moves in over the ocean with Monday's high only 47! So...we'll try to soak up some of the warmth today if we can. Even when it turns cool...it's still great down here. Light jacket...no crowds....walk on the sand. Tough life stuff. GOBBLE Meanwhile...Turkey Day approaches. Some folks have been camped out for the "Black Friday" sales. The thrill of that escapes me. It's a "sport" for some. I'm not sure we shouldn't add it to the Olympics next go round. I saw the Governor of Alabama pardoned a turkey yesterday. Wonder what the Gov will eat? Shrimp? Seafood? Does he sneak behind closed doors away from the press and gobble down on a drumstick? News at 11. REFLECTIONS It's a time for many American's to reflect on the death of John F. Kennedy on the anniversary of a pivotal point in time. For those of us old enough to remember...it's a "where were you" on that day? Me? Grade school. I remember the teacher announcing it...and them putting coverage up on the little black and white TV's . I was too young to really understand the significance of the event. But I remember lots of sad faces....and my Mom and Dad talking about it that evening at home. Looking back...it felt like how I felt in reverse on 9/11 when I got home to find my wife and then young daughter huddled around the TV. It was the end of Camelot back then...and tragedies still happen. Sadly. ON A HAPPIER NOTE There's a Kenny and Dolly IMPERSONATOR show coming up at the Margaritaville Casino over in Biloxi. Wonder if Dolly's "impersonator" is REAL or manufactured? I may have to extend my stay down here and buy a ticket. IN NASHVILLE...SPEAKING OF "CHOICES"... Tonight is the big GEORGE JONES tribute. Over 100 stars will show up for George who of course is doing his "No Show" thing once more. I interviewed George multiple times. The phone would ring...and his wife Nancy (who SAVED the "Possom") would be on the other end. She'd say..."I've got George here"...and then would hand the phone to him. Sometimes you could hear George say...."who am I talking too Nancy"? And she'd set him up....and get him through the interview. Would love to be there tonight for the tribute. His life will make a great movie...or Broadway show one day.
THE WEEKEND Surf watching...football...maybe a movie. "Hunger Games 2" rolls out...as does the movie with Vince Vaughn who is supposedly a father to over 500 kids. Happy to see Josh Hutcherson who was a young kid from northern Kentucky when I got to know him a little and interview him in Cincinnati a couple of times...doing SO well as one of the stars in this big series of films. Man has he grown up. He's turning into a major star...and will host Saturday Night Live. GREAT parents...and what they taught...stuck. Just a great young man. Good for him. Off for a walk...and a chiro....in that order I hope. Have a great weekend.
BILL BLOG Thursday November 21, 2013 Still dark...at McDonald's in Gulf Shores getting the early work in...including this blog. Day 21 here...and as the song says that Brent Burns and I wrote...and he recorded on one of his albums says..."The Sand Is Getting Heavy In My Shoes". YESTERDAY I'm doing more and more "comedy" script writing and now some "lifestyle" pieces too that's sent out to radio stations and morning shows that need content. The load has increased....which is good...but yesterday I had a pretty good "load" of stuff to deliver by deadline time. Got it done...with the ocean view outside my working window of the world. If you have to "work"...(if you can call what I do "work")....this is the way to do it. I know...I'm blessed. My career has turned in many directions through the years...and now I seem to be doing all of those things. Still some radio for WSM...I'm performing more and more and more...I write comedy...and sometimes a jingle or a commercial...and I still find time to do what I love the most....write songs in Nashville with great co-writers. I think ever since I was a kid and worked in a hay field...and mowed cemeteries...and did a little factory and farming work....I knew that REAL work was not going to be what lit me up. To this day I thank my Dad for making me do those jobs to earn my own way. It motivated me to find what I "love" doing...without any sweat. LOL. Thanks Dad. MUSIC NEWS I got a picture of the front and back cover of the brand new Linda Davis album yesterday titled "Best Of Linda Davis". Looks awesome...sounds even better. And I feel blessed to have a song on her BEST titled "I'm Going Under" that I co-wrote with Karen Taylor Good. I know this will be available when Linda starts her tour (right away) with Kenny Rogers for the Christmas tour. I'll let you know where else you might be able to get a copy when I know. But the song is truly amazing and Linda sings it so great. Can't wait for everyone to hear it. An early Christmas present for me...for sure. AND I also heard the "rough" of a new demo that was just recorded that Steve Dean, Wil Nance and I wrote. They still have a banjo to put on it (yes...and danged banjo)...and then the mix. BUT...it sounds great...and my buddy Paul Bogart put the vocal right in the pocket where it belongs. Love this new tune...and sorry I missed the studio session. Did I mention I'm still on the beach? CONGRATS To Loretta Lynn who received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. Awesome. I've been around her a couple of times in my life. I've spent a lot more time back in the day with her sister Crystal Gayle as we worked several dates together. Loretta came in my studio once at WSM-FM in Nashville to be interviewed. Before it was over we posed for a picture and she laid a big ole kiss on my cheek. I'm still blushing. From a Coal Miner's Daughter to the "Presidential Medal Of Freedom". Wow. Way to go.
TODAY Off for a walk...amongst the pine trees...dodging falling pine cones at this time of year. Then I'm songwriting today with Brent Burns as we're always working ahead on his next album. This afternoon I'll have some comedy writing to take care of. And then tonight...a little trip over to Pensacola to have dinner with my radio friend Kevin King from Cat Country and his wife Taska. (still love that name...Taska) Busy...but fun...here in Lower Alabama. Have a great Thursday.
BILL BLOG Wednesday November 20, 2013 All quiet on the beach this morning...except for the dude outside my McDonald's window with the power washer. WEATHER It just stays beautiful here in Gulf Shores...sun and 70 again today and I noticed that back home in Nashville the HIGH on Sunday will be 39. Yikes. Doesn't make me wanna hurry to get back there at the end of the month. Yesterday was just a lay back day....did my comedy writing early...got a walk...then hit the library to grab a couple of books to read before the end of the month after finishing "Live From New York"...the back story on "Saturday Night Live" that did a great job of telling the behind the scenes story at 30 Rock with all those great characters through the year. Now I'm on to the first hand account of the Navy Seal who told his story about getting Bin Laden. I'm halfway through it and found out that his team was the same one assigned to getting the Somali Pirates that took Captain Phillips which is getting lots of exposure in the movie with Tom Hanks. I know some of the Seals were not crazy about this guy writing the book...but for a reader...at least for me...it makes you appreciate the skill and bravery of these guys even more. My advice to the bad guys? If you live in a brick home...seal up your bricks tight. Who knew a Seal sniper could weave a bullet through a tiny separation in the bricks? Amazing. LAST NIGHT Our cut throat 3-13 card game took place at the Raymer's condo with Dodge and Dean and Jack and Marsha. Dodge gloated last night as he won all the nickles. Taco dinner and warm cookies from Marsha with an ocean view made the evening warm and fun. It's one of the reasons for us being here in November...hanging with them...extended family that we love. So now I have to figure a way to get some of my nickels back tonight. SKYPE It's amazing when a phone rings on an I-Pad..and you're grand kids are calling...you see them...they see you. That happened with Marsha last night. My wife correctly pointed out we're close to being able to have a "hologram" on the table of our loved ones talking to us. Say what you want about technology...drag your feet if you want...but it's not all bad. And usually if you embrace it...you never want to go backwards. I don't miss cords on phones...or roll down windows on cars...or looking at a map for directions....or yellow pages...or even dial up internet...do you? WHAT A FOX There's a red fox down here I see almost every other day. He was here last year. He strolls across the highway like he owns the place. Just an odd sight here on the beach for sure. Jellyfish? Dolphins? I get that. But a fox? WORD OF THE YEAR It's "selfie". The word "twerking" that Miley Cyrus made famous came in number two. I'm working on doing a "selfie" of me "twerking"....I'll try to post that for you tomorrow...so you've been warned. You may want to duct tape your eyes shut. ELVIS A company named "Authentic Brands" bought what had to be a very expensive license that will allow them to market all things "Elvis" and re-tool "Graceland" and those tours. I'm looking for the "Kings" image to show up on peanut butter jars and on the peels of bananas in the near future. BRAGGING Just want to say congrats to coach Rick Byrd at Belmont for his win over North Carolina...AT North Carolina the other day. He continues to amaze....class coach. Small college that my daughter graduated from...and we go to a lot of the Bruin games. David got Goliath this time...good to see. TODAY Just lazy lazy lazy again. Feel blessed to be able to spend this time re-charging on the beautiful gulf coast. Have a great Wednesday.
BILL BLOG Tuesday November 19, 2013 Sorry bout the missing blog yesterday...I had a good reason...really. BUT FIRST Let me tell you about last Friday night. It was my last performance of 9 this year for the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival her in LA...Lower Alabama. I played at Tin Tops out in Bon Secour and the place was PACKED. I played in a round with my friend Brent Burns...and Daisy Mallory joined us. I was happy Daisy got to play to the packed crowd as this is her first ever songwriters festival. She's so good...and they loved her as I knew they would. Keep your ears open for this one. My thanks to all of the organizers for this great festival on the beach. It happens every November...put it on your calendar and come on down. THE TRIP So...my daughter is flying for Amercian Airlines and is based in Miami. She needed her car. Dad got it to her yesterday...but what a yesterday it was. FIRST Our fire alarm went off in our condo...and I had a chance to hang outside at 11:30 pm (after being asleep) with some nice folks in pajamas. False alarm...back up the elevator after walking down 12 flights of steps...shower...change of clothes...hit the road after midnight...in the fog. I drove Heather's car over 8 hours to Orlando and left in for her at the airport garage. If you were on I-10 at that ungodly hour....and you heard LOUD music....that was me cranking up the stereo trying to keep myself awake. Copious amounts of caffeine were involved too. AND THEN... The fun really begins. There were no direct flights from Orlando to Pensacola. SO...Dad flies from Orlando to Dallas! and then BACK to Pensacola. So another five and half hours or so is involved. On the trip to Dallas I got a middle seat. Shoot me. The woman to my immediate right was sick...and hacked all the way to the Big D. I'm popping extra Vitamin C today. Small plane back to Pensacola...and I finally relaxed when I looked out my window and saw the full moon lighting up the waters around Pensacola. Gorgeous. One hour later I'm back in our condo with my wife in Gulf Shores and all is well again after an 18 hour traveling adventure. So now you know why I missed my blog yesterday if you were looking for it. File the whole day under one of those things "Dad's Do" sometime. MUSIC While all this is going on...back in Nashville...my two co-writers Wil Nance and Steve Dean rode herd over a demo of a song we wrote together. Yesterday PAUL BOGART sang on it...and he's one of my favorite country singers. Click the link to see what Paul said about the song. I can't wait to hear it. My thanks to those guys for getting this done while I'm on the beach. Here's to that bad boy finding the perfect artist to love it like we do.
CHRISTMAS MOVIES They are going to make a sequel to the Frank Capra classic "It's A Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart. I can't imagine where they will go with the story...but will certainly follow this with interest. I had the pleasure of interviewing the woman who played the little girl Zuzu a couple of times. Her real name is Karolyn Grimes and she was a delight to interview. She's the one who says..."everytime time a bell rings Daddy and angel gets a pair of wings". WEATHER No joking...it's nice that technology helps save lives. The accuracy of those storms in the Midwest SAVED lives this time. Hurricanes seem to be more unpredictable which is why Brent Burns recorded the "Jim Cantore" tune which is popular down on the coast. But tornado predicting is getting more and more accurate. And that's a good thing. Now if we can get people to pay attention....and be able to form more storm shelters...we'll save even more lives.
TODAY I have some comedy writing to do....go for a walk...but then I'm going to truly kick back and watch the waves hit the sand on what looks to be another perfect sunny day down here in Gulf Shores. Have a great Tuesday yourself.
BILL BLOG Friday November 15, 2013 Just another day on the beach in Gulf Shores...little rain this morning...but warmer...and still paradise here in LA....Lower Alabama. YESTERDAY Spent a little time at the Flora-Bama for the songwriters lunch which is rolled out daily for all the participating songwriters that attend the Frank Brown Festival. My young and talented friend Daisy Mallory is dipping her toes into the festival for the first time so I had lunch with her and her Dad Bob and helped get her registered. Daisy will be singing with me and Brent Burns tonight at Tin Top which will be great fun. More on that at the end of today's "blog". LAST NIGHT Brent Burns and I played a gig at Shipp's Harbour which is a beautiful location on Perdido Harbor with many ships tied up...and a view off the dock of the Perdido Pass Bridge. Gorgeous. We played a very intimate room that was PACKED...and the steak I had afterwards may have been the best I've ever had. Overall...the food here on the Gulf Coast consistently rocks. Thanks to everyone who cheered us on last night...very very fun gig. And...I had the bonus of visiting with a table full of old radio/music fans of mine when I was in Cincinnati. They are also very close to one of my best friends and co-writers BRADY SEALS and I really enjoyed spending some pre-show time with them. Thank you for coming. PETRO GOIN' LOW Gas has dipped below $3 a gallon. Think I'll fill up twice today. They might as well name a gas station "Roller-Coaster" gas the way it goes up and down...without real explanation of why. Last night I did my "Dipstick" song which is all about that and it hit a nerve with the audience. "There's oil down in Texas, lots of Oklahoma drills But all the dipsticks are on Capitol Hill".... That song is on my "Off The Wall" CD recorded "live" at the Bluebird Cafe one night in Nashville if you want a copy....available on my website or at cdbaby.com Hey...Christmas is coming up!
TODAY My wife and I are looking forward to having lunch with our friends down here John and Sharon Kendall. I see an order of crab claws coming with an ocean view! TONIGHT My last show for the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival will be at Tin Top in Bon Secour with Brent Burns and DAISY MALLORY. Poor Daisy....she's so talented...and tonight she gets stuck between the two of us. Can't even imagine how fun this will be. My thanks to Lori and Linda and the gang of volunteers who work tirelessly to make this Festival so great for the writers...and to all the venues for rolling out their red carpets for us to play. Just another great great year down here of music and friendship. Have a great weekend!
BILL BLOG Thursday November 14, 2013 Cold snap on the Gulf Coast for sure. Watching the waves roll in with long sleeves on this morning. RETIRED I know I'm in the land of "snowbirds" and retired folks when I'm sitting and working at McDonald's (as I am now) and see a guy get up to help another guy with his golf swing and coaching him about club speed. That's one thing you don't see a lot with this demographic of white haired folks...SPEED. YESTERDAY Another day being amazed at the beauty outside our condo windows. I had to do some comedy writing for New York and then it was off to Lulu's for my Frank Brown Songwriters Festival gig with Brent Burns. My young talented friend DAISY MALLORY came out...so I got her and she sang a song that I wrote with her and Steve Dean called "Train" that Vince Gill sang background harmonies on. What a treat. This is Daisy's very first songwriters festival and she's excited...just as I was when I did my first one several years ago. Friday night Daisy will join me and Brent for a full round at 7 pm at Tin Top in Bon Secour. That should be a very fun night. Daisy is certainly one of those young talented folks in Nashville that WILL have her chance in the spotlight because of her talent and work ethic. You'll be hearing more about her in time. AIR BORN When the waves kick up down here you see more "Kite-Surfers". Dudes on a surfboard with a parachute thing above them "catching air" and flying...then landing back on the water. Not for me. I can barely "surf" the internet without getting hurt. DUMB AND DUMBER A guy in Florida is charged with impersonating a police officer. Get this. Dude dresses up in a cop uniform...holster and gun...just so he can get DISCOUNTED Donuts! I can't make this stuff up folks. And they say it's not a stereo-type. Right. TODAY and TOMORROW I have two more shows for the Songwriters Festival. Tonight I'm at Shipp's Harbour with Brent Burns at 7 pm Friday night Daisy Mallory joins me and Brent at Tin Tops at 7:30 pm.
And in between? More life on the beach. Have a great Thursday.
BILL BLOG Wednesday November 13, 2013 A little cold this morning on the Gulf Coast. How cold is it? That camel decided to stay indoors instead of wandering outdoors to ask us "do you know what day it is"? Saw a red fox early this morning crossing the beach road...guess they come down during snowbird season too. Who knew? LAZY DAYS That's what my wife and I are soaking up this month...lazy days in LA...Lower Alabama. Postcard weather again yesterday...and in the morning as the sun hit the blue water...it was as if they moved Sea World off our balcony as we had some huge schools of dolphins jumping and playing. Gotta love that. YESTERDAY AFTERNOON I hit the deck of Bahama Bob's to visit with an old friend and co-worker on the back deck overlooking the sand and Gulf. Steve Harrison and myself launched a new morning show at Cincinnati way back when on WUBE Cincinnati. Steve was there just three months...fate played out that I was there a bit longer. Now living just a couple of hours away from Gulf Shores...in Mississippi...Steve drove over giving us a chance to see each other for the first time since those short day "on air" in Cincinnati. Like a trip back in time. Very fun seeing him...and catching up with his life and where it's gone since our's separated all those years ago. One of those unexpected surprises that sometimes happen in you life giving you a chance to look back and smile at some memories. LAST NIGHT Gosh...what a GREAT show with my buddy and hit songwriter BOBBY TOMBERLIN last night at Nolan's for the Frank Brown Songwriter's Festival. The room was packed...and we followed Robin Ruddy and my great funny funny friend KACEY JONES who always makes me laugh. Bobby has a radio background as I do...and a love for the Opry stars and the "tradition" of our genre so we got to share some great stories with the audience as well as sing our songs. Fun fun night. WORK GOES ON While I'm down here...my co-writers Steve Dean and Wil Nance were in studio recording a song the three of us wrote back home in Nashville that we'll start pitching soon in hopes that someone likes it enough to record. I understand the tracks sound great so far...and I can't wait to hear them. My thanks to them for doing the work while I'm still in Lower Alabama (LA) playing. TODAY You know...more dolphins...staring at the water...reading my book about the "Saturday Night Live" show... And I do plan on having lunch with Bobby Tomberlin today and kind of bask in the glow of the show last night a bit...and then gear up for the next one which is tonight with BRENT BURNS at Lulu's starting at 7 pm. Come see us if ya can. Have a great Wednesday.
BILL BLOG Tuesday November 12, 2013 To all the Veterans...I hope someone thanked you for your service yesterday. SOAKING UP THE SUN That's what I'm doing in Gulf Shores...and thanking my lucky stars that we're able to spend all of November here while the weather is great and it's quiet...while Chicago...Iowa and lots of the north shudder with a chill and some SNOW already! The only white I saw yesterday was the white sand in front of our condo...where a couple practiced their wedding vows. I'm betting a jet ski will serve as their limo as they surf off into their honeymoon. Things get a bit cooler tomorrow with a high of 57 before it starts warming back up. LAST NIGHT I went to Lulu's for a bit to hear my writing partner and buddy Brent Burns play his Monday night gig that he's been doing for 9 years now for Lulu Buffett. That's called a huge success in this business. Brent and I have three gigs together this week. Wednesday night at the same Lulu's just mentioned. Thursday night at Shipp's Harbour Friday night at Tin Top out in Bon Secour with my young talented red-headed friend...Daisy Mallory. TONIGHT? I'm playing at Nolan's in Gulf Shores with Bobby Tomberlin at 8 pm...and looking forward to telling some old radio and music and songwriting stories with Bobby as hour backgrounds are somewhat similar. This will be very very fun tonight. And they have AWESOME food. THE DAUGHTER Also thinking about my daughter Heather a bit this morning who is waking up in Montreal and using her French for the first time. She got in late last night on working flight for American doing her job...seeing the world. Hard to imagine for Dad....but happy for her. NICE COMPLIMENT Joe Gilchrist who started the world famous Flora-Bama down here... and was integral in starting this wonderful songwriters festival paid me a huge compliment Sunday night at the Flora-Bama. My set was over with "Hits And Grins"...and I closed with my song "Leave Em Laughin"....the title cut on one of my CD's. Joe wanted a copy. He's collecting songs to be played at his funeral one day that he loves. Gosh...I didn't put two and two together on that until last night before bed. The song is about an old fisherman named JOE who teaches a younger man not to take himself too seriously in life...and to leave folks laughing when it's time to go. Now that I think about it...being played for a person who's had a wonderful happy life and been a joy to others....it makes sense. I'm hoping Joe is not using my song in the near future though. Here's to a loooong life Joe. I KNOW I'M NEAR THE OCEAN WHEN... When I see a boat named "Bite Me"...as I did yesterday.
THEM AND US Barbara Streisand just did a gig for bank conference. Her fee? 2.1 million dollars. Hope she got a free bank pen with that. She did earn it I guess...heck...she sang 10 songs! TODAY I'm having lunch on the back deck of a little place with an ocean view to see and OLD radio friend that I have not seen for a very very very long time. For just three months we did the morning show together at B105 in Cincinnati. Just three months. It's a long story for another time...but it will be fun to catch up on where our lives went since then. And then tonight...my show with Bobby Tomberlin. Can't wait. FYI If you want to buy a CD tonight...my wife Kathy has gone "high tech" and we can swipe your credit card. Woo Hoo! Good chance for you to buy that song I was talking about earlier in the blog..."Leave Em Laughin'". And I hope we do tonight. Have a great Tuesday!
BILL BLOG Monday November 11, 2013 What a whirlwind weekend of music and fun here on the Gulf Coast. BUT FIRST... My thanks to every man and woman who serve and have served our country. To you who answer the call to keep us free...thank you so much. I'm only allowed to do what I do...to have so much fun playing music and writing songs because of your sacrifices to keep this country free so that folks like me are allowed to do this. I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you do. Happy Veterans Day wherever you are this morning. THE WEEKEND ON THE GULF My wife and I have had beautiful weather for the start of our November run here in Gulf Shores. Yesterday was "postcard" like to say the least. The Frank Brown Songwriter's Festival wrapped up the first of it's two week run last night...and our "Hits And Grins" trio wrapped up our part at the Florabama Bar Main Listening Room stage last night with Brent Burns. Packed house...and of course we love the fact that the room is so well managed and that folks do LISTEN as opposed to running around the bar and having a loud party. It makes the experience so great for us...and for those who really love to listen to acoustic music and the stories behind the songs. Though my two buddies Steve Dean and Lisa Shaffer leave here for Music City today...I'll play 4 more times this week. Here's the schedule. Tuesday 8 pm with Bobby Tomberlin at Nolan's Wednesday 6 pm with Brent Burns at Lulu's Thursday 7 pm with Brent Burns at Shipp's Harbour Friday 7:30 pm with Daisy Mallory at Tin Top in Bon Secour GREAT SONG STORY The show Tuesday night with my friend Bobby Tomberlin promises to have a little "old school" flavor. Bobby started in radio in Alabama...I did a little radio too. We both write songs...both sing...both love the history of the country music format...and the artists and writers that have gone before us. Bobby is great friends with Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson and folks of their stature. Bobby caught the last part of my show last night as he followed "Hits And Grins" on stage. He showed me a picture of himself singing our song that we co-wrote with Linda Davis at the gravesite of Hank Williams Sr. in Montgomery. The song is titled "Looking For Audrey" which is about the ghost of Hank Williams looking for his wife Audrey. It's really spooky good. And Bobby now sings the song in his set every night. He also told me it's one of Bill Anderson's favorite songs which made my night. Bill and Bobby taught a songwriting class for young writers in Montgomery before Bobby headed for Gulf Shores and the festival here. I told you all of that in hopes you'll make our Tuesday night show and hear some great music...but even greater stories...and of course Bobby will sing OUR song...as well as his smash "One More Day" for Diamond Rio.
TODAY The sun is still not up...but I'm driving my friend Steve Dean down the beach highway to pick up his ride home to Nashville. Then I'll take a walk...daydream a little...get back to the condo and write a couple of comedy scripts for my folks in New York....and then it's nothing but sand and water for the rest of the Monday with my wife. Good work if you can get it huh? Have a great Monday!
BILL BLOG Friday November 8, 2013 Day 8 on the beach in Gulf Shores...and yesterday was busy. STARTED EARLY It started with that TV show I blogged about yesterday on WEAR-ABC Pensacola promoting the songwriters festival and ended with our gig at the Compleat Angler. Steve Dean and Lisa Shaffer made it in....and we played for about an hour last night for our opening show...which turned out to be an adventure. We walked in...there was a sound system...but only ONE microphone. "Hits And Grins" is a TRIO...three singers...with harmony. That's a problem. After initially thinking about just leaving...we realized we had family and friends and folks who came to hear us play...so we pulled up three chairs table side and sang without mics. Talk about intimate! Somehow...it worked...and folks were more than appreciative. It made the night a bit more special for those who came....and thank all of YOU for really listening. It could have been a disaster but luck smiled on us last night. Though it was fun...I'm looking forward to having FOUR microphones and monitors when we play the SUNSET CORK ROOM tonight with Brent Burns. DAUGHTER We did have to say goodbye to my daughter Heather yesterday as my wife drove her to the airport in Pensacola to fly back to her American Airlines base in Miami where she's off to Dallas then Seattle today...working girl. I'm so glad she surprised us for a day by sneaking in here to Gulf Shores. I'm hoping there's more and more and more of that in the future. CHRISTMAS Hard to miss Christmas already. Last night our gig at the "Wharf" area of Orange Beach had a row of palm trees all lit up and they were blasting lights and Christmas music as part of a production they do there all the time It was gorgeous...but...can we wait til I carve the danged turkey? THE WEEKEND Little football tomorrow I'm sure...Alabama and LSU are always entertaining. But for the most part...we're playing music. Tonight at 7 pm at the Sunset Cork Room (and then key lime pie at John and Sharon Kendall's place!) Saturday we have two gigs. Sunday night one more. Check out the complete schedule on my website at billwhytecomedy.com or HERE on the festival website. Come catch a little "Hits And Grins" on the beach.
SALUTE And lastly...but most importantly...it's Veteran's Day weekend. Here's the the men and women who serve and have served. I appreciate you so much...thank you for allowing me to live in best country in the world....freely. Have a great weekend.