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Taking Care of Business on the Red Carpet

I’m on the plane right now heading home from the Canadian Country Music Awards in Winnipeg – and what an incredible weekend it was. Since my last diary entry less than 2 days ago, I’ve performed at three very different

CCMA Week So Far…What a Rush!!

What a week!  I’ve been back to the Fallsview Casino to see Jessica perform my songs and visit with her backstage, I’ve been in Toronto filming a CMT show about my experience writing for Jessica’s record, and now for the

Cinderella at the Fallsview

I’ve spent the past week feeling like Cinderella with the perfectly-fitting glass slipper on my foot!  I was invited to be one of six songwriters participating in the ASCAP/SOCAN International Songwriting Retreat at the Fallsview Resort in Niagara Falls…and what

Jessica Simpson’s “Remember That” Controversy

The tabloids are bursting this week with controversy over Jessica Simpson’s comments in a recent Elle Magazine cover story in which she discusses the song “Remember That”, written by myself and Rachel Proctor.  The song reaches out to women who

“Come on Over” is a Record-Breaker!

I can’t believe the response that Jessica Simpson has been getting with “Come On Over”!  Rachel Proctor and I wrote the song with Jessica, and it was released by Columbia Nashville as Jessica’s first country radio single at the end

Jessica Single, Dog Days and the New CD

My phone rang last night, and when I picked it up, I heard the voice of my good friend and co-writer Rachel Proctor on the other end. “Have you heard?” she said. “Heard what?” I said, bewildered. “We got the

Back to the River

I went through a pretty rough divorce a few years ago.  You can probably tell that from my music.  Writing has been a big part of the healing for me in processing all that heartache…it became a place to put

Tin Pan South and a Cherry Red Strat

The past two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of activity for me!  It all started last Tuesday with the first official “Dog Days of Summer” benefit concert at the Rutledge here in Nashville.  Rachel Proctor, Bruce Wallace and I

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

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