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Bill Whyte / Blog

Critical Acclaim

BILL BLOG Wednesday June 3, 2015 Seeing a little sun this morning over Old Hickory Lake. Bout time! YESTERDAY I spent the morning rehearsing songs with my "Hits and Grins" trio that includes Steve Dean and Victoria Venier for our two shows coming up this week. Tomorrow night we are at the Listening Room downtown Nashville at 8:30 pm. And Saturday we make a return engagement to the Providence Market Summer Concert Series in front of the Regal Cinema...outdoors Saturday evening for a 7:15 pm show. Bring your lawn chairs and get comfy.

We added a couple of new songs to our set...one of those being the song I wrote with Brady Seals and a group of six other songwriters at our camp in Gatlinburg this past weekend about the fireflies that gather to mate in June and put on a heck of a light show. Looking forward to to doing that. We finished rehearsal...Steve and I did...then left Victoria's house...but I was thinking about her as we knew she had lost an elderly friend that lived just down the road from her. The family asked her to sing at the funeral...which was yesterday afternoon. I know she did a great job and hopefully it brought some comfort to the family. Singing at a funeral is tough...been there. Thinking bout ya Vic. LAST NIGHT I snuck into one of my favorite recording studios with my friend and co-writer Jerry Salley as we laid down the music tracks to a new song. The musicians just rocked it of course. Listening to playback on the speakers I was reminded just how great the talent level is in this town. Amazing. I got a wonderful surprise when I found out that young David Dorn was playing keyboards on the session. He was a Belmont student and friend of my daughter Heather as they went to college at the same time. Now here he is making a living playing on a lot of recording sessions. Great seeing and hearing him again last night...and thanks for the great job David. Just another typical day in Music City. Feel blessed to be a small part of what goes on in this town. GOOD NEWS I got a great piece of news yesterday when the online page "Saving Country Music" named the album "Cowboys and Sunsets" by Australian cowboy Roo Arcus...as one of their favorite albums for the first half of 2015. Jerry Salley...who I just mentioned...recorded this album and included a song the two of us wrote titled "If That's What Love Was". Very cool news! Roo is the real deal cowboy-George Strait kind of guy with a big working ranch in Australia. And he sings great of course. It's nice to see the project get this kind of recognition. SOMEBODY GOTTA DO IT My syndication company I write for in New York were following the big trending stories to start the week and assigned me to write a song about Kim Kardashian's second child she's going to have with Kanye West...and of course...the bigger story of Bruce Jenner...now Caitlyn Jenner being on the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine. So...I turned the Miranda Lambert hit "Fastest Girl In Town" to "Fattest Girl In Town" for Kim....and took the old Dr. Hook classic "On The Cover of the Rolling Stone" into "Cover of Vanity Fair". Pretty funny if I do say so.

Have yourself a great Wednesday.

Good Music Review

BILL BLOG Tuesday June 2, 2015 Well...my blog disappeared on me before I could save it...and I'm flat out of time this morning....so...look for the full blog to return tomorrow. Busy day ahead as I'm rehearsing with my 'Hits and Grins" trio for two shows this week...and I'm in studio later this evening to record new music with my friend Jerry Salley. I will share this...we got great news yesterday that the album Jerry produced on Australian cowboy Roo Arcus just got mentioned by "Saving Country Music" as being one of the best new albums of 2015 so far. And...I have a co-written song on the project titled "If That's What Love Was." Awesome. Congrats to Roo...and Jerry...and me! Woo hoo! And if that's not enough...my daughter will be home later today to work on a wedding cake for a friend. More on all of this tomorrow. Have a great Tuesday.