Hi Friends – Been up in Nashville this week finding out what the word winter means. We don’t get it quite that cold in Houston. But just like life , we have to have the lows to fully appreciate the good times and good weather. I sure did enjoy singing on the Eddie Stubbs tribute this week. Loved hearing all the great talent and catching up backstage with folks I don’t usually get to spend much time with. Enjoyed visiting a long time with Ray Price and with Ricky Skaggs and Duane Allen. Also talked with Josh Turner, Ronnie Bowman, Jean Shepherd, Shawn Camp, Bill Anderson, Cheryl and Buck White, Bill Cody and all the great musicians that were led by Jimmy Capps and his lovely wife, Michele (who sang harmony ).
Now about to get on the Country Family Reunion cruise and head to the Western Caribbean! Please don’t let there be any cold weather there. We stop in Belize and Cozumel. Oddly enough my cousin, Drop, and his wife are on another cruise but will be in Cozumel at the exact same time so I hope to meet up for lunch with them. Drop is a great guitar player and was in my band for awhile, then had his own band and now is back helping me out on the road. If you see him at the show, be sure to say hello to him. Rhonda Vincent and I are going to do a couple of duets on the cruise (see photo below ) . Rhonda’s such a character – no telling what she’ll do on this show. Not to mention what a great vocalist she is. I have to stay on my toes to keep up with her.
I was just talking to someone about these huge cruise ships. They’re like a floating city with a “main street” and shops on both sides of the “street”. They’ve got little cafes and a pub. Then there’s a library, a casino, a full spa and a variety of clubs for all types of musical tastes. Our group will take over the big theater for our shows. If you’re not able to make it on this one, I’ll take a lot of pictures for the newsletter which my office tells me should be go out around the first of February.