Monthly Archives: July 2013

20 years with “The Gail”

Some people set getting married as a life goal. I never did. Neither did Gail, my wife of twenty years. Maybe that’s why our marriage has worked so well. It was a matter of two people finding the right mate … Continue reading

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Pickin’, shellin’ and tellin’

“Make sure they’re not too soft, boy. I don’t want tomato juice all over the backseat of my Buick.” My first lesson in choosing tomatoes, around 1972. I think about those words from my grandfather this time of year as … Continue reading

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Independence (every) Day

There are certain times of the year when people say, “It’s a shame we don’t feel this way every day.” Then the next day comes and after we talk about how we celebrated the day before, we go on about … Continue reading

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The Nashville-New Orleans musical connection

Two things I saw this week brought the long-time musical connection between New Orleans and Nashville to mind. First, the PBS series Austin City Limits featured the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing duets with other musicians, including bluegrass artist and … Continue reading

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I’m Just so Proud to Be Here!

As country comedy legend Cousin Minnie Pearl used to say, “Howdee! I’m just so proud to be here!” That’s the way I feel about performing this year at Centerville, Tennessee’s Independence Day Celebration. Miss Minnie’s hometown, Grinders Switch, is a … Continue reading

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