Muscle Shoals has got the swampers while Georgia’s On My Mind

Well, I’m home from what I guess you could say was the 2nd run of our “Balls & Nuts Radio Tour”.  And judging by the continued satisfied reactions, our “Balls & Nuts” are still a “HUGE” hit…

Before the road trip officially began, we had a leisurely trip to Leesville, LA to visit with Jim Kay at KVVP.  What a great visit on and off the air!  We tried not to mix politics and music, but sometimes they just go together!  Anyway, it was a BALL!  Then, back to Baton Rouge to kiss the kids and head out for another week on the road.

My first stop out on the trip was in Tupelo, MS and I couldn’t wait to get to the birthplace of “The King of Rock & Roll” and also the town of my favorite song in the WHOLE world “Tupelo Honey” by Van “the man” Morrison was titled after.

I pulled into the HOJO about 2:00 am in the morning and I was due on the air at 6:00 am, so there was no time to play, and not enough time to sleep, but time can’t stop me…lol

I made it to WWZD and was introduced to the world of Kelli & Roadkill Bill.  I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time that early in the morning…Not only were we watching some of the funniest videos from Tupelo’s top talent pool, (just kidding) but they managed to eat all the Balls & Nuts while I was there.  Anyone who knows me figures out quickly that I don’t stop talking and sure enough that morning before I knew it, I had stayed on the air with them for 3 straight hours.  Check out their blog to see some of the videos we were watching…Absolutely HILARIOUS… Kelli & Roadkill Bill Blog I was so hungry when I left the station and it being 10:00 in the morning I knew I would have trouble finding lunch that wasn’t fast food.  So I drove aimlessly through Tupelo with NO idea where I was going and as I somehow always do, I found this KILLER local dive called “Shockley’s”.

They had just put out the lunch buffet and I’m telling you it was the best pot roast I’d had in a long time.  I also got a chance to visit with some real nice locals.

I decided to take the Natchez Trace towards Nashville and I’m so glad I did.  As aggravating as it can be going 55 the entire way, the scenery was so nice.  I never really get to drive it during the day and being all by my lonesome, so I turned on my favorite talk show and cruised on in to Nashville.

The next morning my first stop was in the small town of Pulaski, TN where I was greeted with southern hospitality at it’s finest.  Ed Carter and his staff at WKSR were so kind to me.  I had already forgotten to take a picture in Tupelo and I knew if I forgot again Kay was gonna strangle me, so I made sure and snagged one with Ed…Thanks again buddy.

An hour later I pulled into Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL and I was very excited about finally getting the chance to go to KIX 96 and see my buddy Fletcher Brown and his beautiful staff again…I mean this station is nothing but gorgeous girls.  Sam Phillips taught you well my friend. j/j  We shot an artist interview which will be up on their site very soon.  Check it out

Again, the Balls and Nuts were a huge hit…They seem to be with all the girls, I don’t know why.  LOL

On Wednesday, I asked my mentor Dan Tyler to join me on my trip to Cookeville, TN to WGSQ 94.7 “The Country Giant” to hang out with Philip Gibbons.  He was so impressed with Dan not realizing the amount of hit songs Dan has written.  We started talking about writing songs and Philip played us a real tearjerker before we left called “Daddy’s Week”.  I, of course, was the one tearing up.  Wow, what a powerful tune that is.  Maybe I’ll cut it one day.

It was nice having some time to catch up with Dan and give him all the scoop on what’s been going on in my world.  He is someone who I’ve always had the utmost respect for.  We had such a great time that he asked me if he could do it again and of course I accepted.

Thursday was my day off from radio visits and I spent the entire 1st half of the day re-cutting the vocals on “If You’re A Tiger Fan”.  I sure do miss having my recording gear at my fingertips all the time.  But, you can’t do it all, all the time.  After I finished recording what I could I packed up my stuff, picked up Cary Noyd (Guitar Player) and headed out again this time to the great State of Georgia…When we left Nashville I thought we were just going to Chattanooga for the night but instead we decided to go ALL THE WAY to Blue Ridge, GA…Now I didn’t put 2 & 2 together when I heard the name “Blue Ridge”, but it just so happens we were heading straight into the “Blue Ridge Mountains” of Northern Georgia.  There is nothing more thrilling than driving in the middle of the night through the mountains and having VERY LITTLE visibility.  But we made it safely at roughly 2:00 am and Ron at Comfort Inn was so cool, he didn’t even make us wait to check in.  We hit the sack immediately for a 6:30 am wake up call.

We woke up on time and by then, sleep deprivation had started taking effect on me because my eyes looked like 2 pee holes in the snow.  (Thanks Cary for the description) but they sure did open wide when I walked out the front door of the hotel and saw the AMAZING view of Blue Ridge, GA.  HOLY COW this place is enchanting.  Thanks to Ron @ Comfort Inn for saving us from getting totally lost because gps on the iPhone sucks in the mountains.  We took the turn Ron sent us on and it headed up this hill (looked like a mountain to a Coon Ass like me) and I almost pulled into someone’s driveway.  You know they’ll shoot if you trespass in some parts of the world, so I wasn’t taking any chances.  I called Jim Quintin at WPPL and he couldn’t believe we were even on the right hill.  We did find the dirt road though that led us to this very quant brand new little building. But don’t be mistaken by size, they have a very powerful signal there and … and Jim were so nice.  Jim even came in 2 hrs early to do the visit, which was really cool of him to make the extra effort.

Unfortunately, we had to boogie out of there fast due to a super tight schedule because our next stop was 4 hrs away in Thomson, GA and we were due there at 12:15 and it was 8:00 already.  I will say this, if you want to visit somewhere peaceful, I suggest you go to Blue Ridge.  Libby and I will definitely be spending a weekend there soon.

After a missed turn (or 2) we literally pulled up at the station at exactly 12:15.  The door swung open at and the very first thing out of Steve Ferguson’s mouth was, “take your time and come on in”.  I thought it was funny cuz I was sweatin bullets there for a minute thinking we were going to be late and Steve, like Jim in Blue Ridge, changed his entire schedule around to meet with me.  I can’t say it enough how awesome it is when radio folks do these kinds of things.  It really shows character and how much respect they have for us “NEW ARTISTS”.

We had a spectacular visit at WTHO and it felt like we had known each other for years.  Steve was voted 2009 Music Row “Radio Programmer of the Year”.  Congrats on an amazing accomplishment in your career.  We shared a lot of mutual stories about one of our heroes “Garth Brooks”.  Check out the pics on Steve’s facebook singing with “Garth” at CRS last year.  So cool…

After being at WTHO for 2 hrs, we headed to Coyote’s in Augusta, GA to open up for “John Anderson”.  I want to thank my long time friend Johnny Jackson for making that happen… Love you bro…Here’s a couple pics of the people that night…

What another amazing week I had meeting all of the great people that make country radio the driving force it is.  I’ve prepared a slide show to show my appreciation to all of the stations that have added my NEW SINGLE “Live, Laugh, Love & Drink”

Would love for you to call the new stations and request the single, “Live, Laugh, Love, & Drink”.  Check the last blog for the 1st leg stations request lines, also.  Thanks fans!  You make country radio rock and we need your requests!

Station                         Location Request Line

KVVP Leesville, LA #337-537-5887

WWZD         Tupelo, MS #662-844-9106

WKSR Pulaski, TN #ww.wksr.com

WXFL Florence, AL http://www.kix96.com

WGSQ Cookeville, TN         #931-372-8400

WPPL Blue Ridge, GA #309-342-9595

Or fm95@fm95online.com

WTHO Thomason, GA 706-595-9846

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