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I played before one of my heroes, the great songwriter, Darrell Scott, “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” (Travis Tritt,) “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (Patty Loveless) “Hearbreak Town” ( Dixie Chicks) and got to hang out with him backstage in the green room in Illinois.

I played before one of my heroes, the great songwriter, Darrell Scott, “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” (Travis Tritt,) “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (Patty Loveless) “Hearbreak Town” ( Dixie Chicks) and got to hang out with him backstage in the green room in Illinois.

Co writing in Nashville with Jayce Hein songwriter extraordinaire who penned “My Kinda Party” (Jason Aldean)

Co writing in Nashville with Jayce Hein songwriter extraordinaire who penned “My Kinda Party” (Jason Aldean)

I played the preshow at 3rd and Lindsey for an allstar gala which included Crystal Gale. I got to join her on stage for the finale of Rocky Top.

I played the preshow at 3rd and Lindsey for an allstar gala which included Crystal Gale. I got to join her on stage for the finale of Rocky Top.

Playing on stage with The Kentucky Head Hunters.

Playing on stage with The Kentucky Head Hunters.

Marty Stuart telling me he heard and liked my fiddle playing (backstage at the Gram Parson Guitar Pull in Waycross, Ga)

Marty Stuart telling me he heard and liked my fiddle playing (backstage at the Gram Parson Guitar Pull in Waycross, Ga)

Georgia native and country music great, John Berry. My friend and mentor.

Georgia native and country music great, John Berry. My friend and mentor.

Talking with Larry Gatlin at Johnny Cash’s ranch in Bon Aqua, Tennessee and receiving advice from this master on songwriting, faith, and life.

Talking with Larry Gatlin at Johnny Cash’s ranch in Bon Aqua, Tennessee and receiving advice from this master on songwriting, faith, and life.

Charlie Daniels and me backstage in Savannah, Ga.

Charlie Daniels and me backstage in Savannah, Ga.

Look who caught my show in Bean Blossom, Illinois: Mark Cartsonis (guitarist for the late Warren Zevon), me, and John McEwen (founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

Look who caught my show in Bean Blossom, Illinois: Mark Cartsonis (guitarist for the late Warren Zevon), me, and John McEwen (founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

Backstage in Plant City, Florida with Kenny Lovelace, guitarist and pioneer rock fiddler who has played with Jerry Lee Lewis for 52 years. He encouraged me and told me to keep rocking!

Backstage in Plant City, Florida with Kenny Lovelace, guitarist and pioneer rock fiddler who has played with Jerry Lee Lewis for 52 years. He encouraged me and told me to keep rocking!

In Nashville, talking about songwriting and having breakfast with Tony Arata, songwriter extraordinaire, who has written such hits as "The Dance" which Garth Brooks made famous.

In Nashville, talking about songwriting and having breakfast with Tony Arata, songwriter extraordinaire, who has written such hits as "The Dance" which Garth Brooks made famous.

One of the nicest people ever, my friend, Mr. Tim Atwood, keyboard player and vocalist, who has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 8,000 times.

One of the nicest people ever, my friend, Mr. Tim Atwood, keyboard player and vocalist, who has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 8,000 times.

In Asheville, NC taking lessons from BMI artist, Mark Johnson. Mark has won the Steve Martin Banjo Award and is the founder of his own style of banjo playing called Clawgrass. Mark has been such a great friend to me over the years.

In Asheville, NC taking lessons from BMI artist, Mark Johnson. Mark has won the Steve Martin Banjo Award and is the founder of his own style of banjo playing called Clawgrass. Mark has been such a great friend to me over the years.

In Nashville, co-writing a song with the beautiful Tamara Stewart, celebrated Australian country music singer-songwriter.

In Nashville, co-writing a song with the beautiful Tamara Stewart, celebrated Australian country music singer-songwriter.

The first time I met legendary songwriter Jerry Foster who co wote 21 hits for artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Randy Travis, and Charlie Pride we had so much fun together. I went on to perform several times with him in Nashville. Jerry is one of the most celebrated songwriters in Nashville and a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The first time I met legendary songwriter Jerry Foster who co wote 21 hits for artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Randy Travis, and Charlie Pride we had so much fun together. I went on to perform several times with him in Nashville. Jerry is one of the most celebrated songwriters in Nashville and a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Charlie Daniels and me backstage in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charlie Daniels and me backstage in Charleston, South Carolina.

The legendary Jesse McReynolds caught my show at the John Hartford Memorial Festival in Indiana. And he liked it. Jesse is the current oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry and an innovative guitar and mandolin player. In Jan 2017 he was on the tv series Nashville as a blind singer who inspires Rayna James. He is also a fiddle so we had a lot in common. He’s telling me how much he enjoyed my show in Bean Blossom.

The legendary Jesse McReynolds caught my show at the John Hartford Memorial Festival in Indiana. And he liked it. Jesse is the current oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry and an innovative guitar and mandolin player. In Jan 2017 he was on the tv series Nashville as a blind singer who inspires Rayna James. He is also a fiddle so we had a lot in common. He’s telling me how much he enjoyed my show in Bean Blossom.

Performing with the incredible Hot Rod Walt and The PsychoDeVilles at the Nashville Boogie at the Nashville Palace. I love this high energy rockabilly band.

Performing with the incredible Hot Rod Walt and The PsychoDeVilles at the Nashville Boogie at the Nashville Palace. I love this high energy rockabilly band.

On tour for several weeks in the Great Lakes area with Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. I’ve always wanted to be a pirate. So I got to be a singing, fiddle playing pirate at music festivals, yacht clubs, venues, and street dances all over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

On tour for several weeks in the Great Lakes area with Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. I’ve always wanted to be a pirate. So I got to be a singing, fiddle playing pirate at music festivals, yacht clubs, venues, and street dances all over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.