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Hiking boots...cowboy hat...guitar...packed and ready to fly to Arizona to catch a train.



I spent some more time songwriting with Gerald Smith the  "Georgia Quacker"...one of the nicest guys in this town...of which there are many.  Gerald wrote "What Part Of No" for Lori Morgan to name one...wrote for George Strait's publishing company for years and is still writing and having a lot of his songs recorded.  The two of us wrote a bit of an old fashioned gospel-bluegrass tune as we've had a little luck going down that road once before with a song called "He's A Coming" that turned into a #1 gospel bluegrass song for Darin and Brooke Aldridge.  Our mutual friend Lisa Shaffer co-wrote that with the two of us.  Darin and Brooke are just now starting to turn their attention to a new project...so it might be something we send them for consideration.  A fun Thursday co-write for sure.







I'm truly happy that my friend Paul Bogart's new album "Leather" is officially out today.  I have three songs on this project from a real deal country singer ropin' young talent from Oklahoma.  Check out his website link I provided for more info on the album...AND the video of our song and the first single from this project "All That Cowboy Jazz" should be popping up there sometime today...and it's really fun.  This is a western swing number that was so much fun to write with both Paul and another mutual friend (who plays every string instrument made) Zach Runquist.  If you like George Strait type singers and songs...Paul is more than worth your time to check him out...and order his great new album.  You'll thank me later.  Congrats to Paul on this great project that he gave a lot of his time and love to.





One more show added to my calendar at billwhytecomedy.com.  November 10 our "Hits & Grins" trio with me, Steve Dean and Victoria Venier will return to Khalil's Pub in Little Rock for a 7 pm show sponsored by "Songriders Live" a great organization of local songwriters from that region.  I think this might be our 4th show there at that location nestled in Steve Dean's hometown.  Come see us. 






I think we'll have to change the line in the Wizard of Oz  from "Lions and Tigers and Bears...oh my" to "Hurricanes and Floods and Earthquakes oh my".  Man...you can't take your eyes off the weather.  Three hurricanes in the Atlantic with Irma about to hit Florida head on.  Earthquake and Tsunami warning in Mexico.  Wildfires raging out west.  I'm bracing myself for locusts next.  The Keys are really going to get hit and it appears that south Florida period could see tons of damage.  All my good thoughts are with my friends in the beautiful region of our country.


Turns out that MOST of those in the affected regions have no flood insurance.  Gosh.  The island of St. Martins that I've been on with my wife got hit hard.  Their little airport is virtually gone.  St. Martin is one half Dutch owned...one half French owned.  The French side has nude beaches (don't ask me how I know)...and I'm betting even those folks were forced to cover up. 


Here in Tennessee we apparently are getting a lot of folks from Florida who plan on waiting for Irma to finish up before returning home.  We ourselves could see a lot of rain and some winds as high as 40 mph.  We'll gladly take that as compared to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tsunamis...for sure.



With all that bad news in the paper and on TV...the big entertainment news is that Kim Kardashian changed her hair color to gray and by all accounts she "rocks" it...whatever that means.  I decided the news about Irma was more interesting.



The new one will be the Indy race car driver Arie Luyendyk.  Looking to fall in love on TV.  He was on the Bachelorette on year...been a few years actually...and now he's back.  How fast will he go?  How many moves will he make?  How many times will he crash and burn?  Will he get to Victory Lane?  I should write for this show.



First...Bullet Proof Coffee.  It's blended with butter and oil and it's somehow supposed to be good for you.  I think I'll pass on that and order some Boozy Popcorn instead.  Yep...you can order popcorn that's laced with alcohol.  Rum, margarita, wine...you name it.  So...now that I think about it...maybe you start first with Boozy Popcorn then sober up with Bullet Proof Coffee.  Maybe.



I read a very depressing story about our VA Hospitals today.  The one in Memphis just got a rating of 1 out of 5 with lots of horror stories about the real lack of care for our veterans on a professional level.  Gosh.  We send our young people into war...and some even volunteer...and then when they need medical attention after serving our country...this is the best they can expect?  I'm sure it's not that way at every VA Hospital...and God Bless those who are doing a great job.  But it just seems to me...that I'd rather have some of my tax money diverted from a couple of other thing to make sure these folks get the best medical attention possible.  Maybe we can start by taking the money they're trying to find for the Wall and apply it here instead.



We are in hurricane season for movies too...have you noticed?  Nothing great at the movie theaters and it's been that way for awhile.  It's so bad that the new Reese Witherspoon movie "Home Again" out this weekend got a 1 out of 5 star rating.  So the movie industry and the VA Hospitals are both on the low end of rating approvals.  The big Fall movies will start cranking up around November which means every Super Hero you've ever read about in a comic book will be on the big screen.   In the meantime?  I think I'll stay on the couch and watch football.



I do love this Dad's advice about dating his daughters that he posted on Instagram that has gone viral.  The Dad wrote, "You'll have to ask them what their rules are.  I'm not raising my girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive badass in order for them to be treated with respect.  You will respect them, and if you don't, I promise they won't need my help putting you back in your place.  Good luck pumpkin."



"Man Loves His Macbook So Much He Marries It".  Okay.  I guess if the marriage fails he reboots?



Today is all about taking care of a list of things I need to scratch off before leaving town...and packing for Arizona.  I saw it's like 100 degrees in Phoenix today but only high 70's up in Williams, Arizona which is where the train leaves for the Grand Canyon every day that I'll be on this coming Monday through Friday.  I'm leaving in the morning and spend the afternoon and evening and part of Sunday in the little town of Cottonwood which sits below the cool historical eclectic town of Jerome and is just south of Sedona to see my great friend Roger Naylor and his wife Michelle.  Roger writes books and articles about Arizona...amazing books and articles.  And...he's pretty much a professional hiker to boot logging in over 1,000 miles a year on trails out there...and then writes about the hikes and the incredibly ridiculous scenery that surrounds northern Arizona.  It's truly one of my favorite places to visit...and I'm hoping we'll have time to hike at least once while I'm there.


Then Sunday I make my way to Williams to catch the first Grand Canyon train ride leaving at 9:30 AM.  The train ride each day to the rim of the canyon is 2 and a half hours each way.  We spend about that much time at the canyon itself daily.  And my job will be to play a little music on board for the tourists.  In a cowboy hat.  I can do that. 


So...I'm not sure if I'll have internet or time to blog all next week but will certainly try...and I'll certainly be posting pictures on my Facebook and Twitter accounts if you'd like to ride the rails with me.


Have a great weekend!



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