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A Wee Pint of Guinness (Performing in Belfast, Ireland)

I just got back from a terrific week in Ireland, where I performed at the 4th annual Belfast Songwriters’ Festival.  I had the opportunity to play a couple of acoustic shows with Don Schlitz and Pat Alger, who are some

Pearl’s Music Box

This diary entry isn’t about the music business…but I think it’s an interesting story that explains a little bit about where the music came from in my life, so I’ll include it here on my site. My friend Tia Sillers

Hit and Run

I was in a pretty bad car accident today. I was hit head-on by a (drunk?) driver who was driving the wrong direction down my side of a very busy street in downtown Nashville. Then, the guy drove around me,

Recording a New CD

I’ve been having a blast in the studio recently working on a new CD.  It’s intended for national distribution in Canada. With the help of engineer and mixer extraordinaire Eric Legg, I put together a one-day intensive recording session last

Sony/ATV Publishing Deal

Well, it’s official! I am now a staff songwriter at Sony/ATV Nashville. It’s an especially exciting time for this to be happening, because this deal was set in motion by my friend and fellow Nashville songwriter Tony Lane (he was

Jessica Simpson and Walking Hard on Crutches

Rachel Proctor and I co-wrote with Jessica Simpson for the first time today. We had a great time, despite the fact that Rachel had lost her voice and I was hobbling around with a bum knee (I’ll tell you more

Beans & Rice & Greatest Hits

Here’s a funny little story about what it’s like to be a professional songwriter… The other day, my friend Lisa McCallum emailed me through MySpace and said, “Hey, I saw Sara Evans being interviewed on GAC about her Greatest Hits

Gratitude

I am so blessed, in so many ways. It’s a bit overwhelming just thinking about it. Every morning when I wake up, I take a few minutes to list, out loud, the things in my life that I’m grateful for.

Dallas, Tin Pan North and the Grand Ole Opry

6:59 pm last night…musicians and stage crew were running willy-nilly all over the place…I was fighting my way through the crowd to find my spot on the stage next to Pam Tillis…the techs were plugging my guitar in and setting

Pyjamas and the Tennessee Waltz

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in my home studio. I affectionately call it “The Rock Room”. The name is both symbolic and literal – yes, I do rock pretty hard in there sometimes (which my next door

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