Josh and Ann Marie Gracin welcomed their fourth child into the family on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 12, 2008. Daughter Isabella Sophia will be the center of attention in the weeks and months ahead, but I’m sure sisters Brianna and Gabby, and brother Landon are ready to welcome her home.
I talked to Josh a little about their expected new arrival, when I caught up with him at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., last August. He said he and his wife always wanted a big family, and that they have been very blessed, and were looking forward to the new baby.
Josh will be performing at Dirty Boot Saloon in Lisbon, Ohio on Nov. 20; Club Paradise in Bllasdell, N.Y, Nov. 21; Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, Mich., on Nov. 22; Screamin Willies in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 5; Barona Valley Ranch Convention Center in Lakeside, Calif., on Dec. 6, and Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on Jan. 10.
That schedule pretty much guarantees he will be home with the family for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Brad and Kimberly Williams-Paisley are expecting their second child in April. The couple have one son, Huck, who they named after Mark Twains Character. Kimberly said that they are having so much fun with Huck, and they are thrilled he will have a sibling. "He’s going to be a great brother," Kimberly said.
This couple sure keeps busy. She recently recorded the season finale of According to Jim, and as we all know, Brad just hosted last night’s CMA awards in Nashville. He’s also been touring and promoting his new CD, which was released on Nov. 4.
Brad has tour dates up on his web site, through March of 2009. So be sure to see if he’s going to be anywhere near you.
One of the Fun Facts on Kim’s web site says that when she was growing up, she had a blue parakeet, and the family also had snakes, mice and guinea pigs. But, no cats or dogs, because Kim was allergic to them.
I spent some time on the telephone with Randy Houser this afternoon, and we did a good interview. I need to thank the folks at Universal Music Group for arranging that interview for me. And, thanks so much to Randy for taking the time out of his schedule to talk to me today. He’s a very nice person, and I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to him again. (The photo at the right was taken on a very windy day at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City … but I think he wears that wind-blown look very well.)
Just wanted to tell you that the interview will be here tomorrow night, and remind you all again, that Randy’s debut CD, Anything Goes, will be on sale Tuesday, Nov. 18. I hope you will all head on over to your local Wal-Mart and pick up a copy. Maybe even two – they make great Christmas gifts.
I know you have all been enjoying his song and video, and have been requesting it on your favorite radio stations. And, since I’ve already heard the new CD, I am certain you will enjoy that just as much. It’s really good. Randy is not only a talented singer and musician, but he’s also a great songwriter, and co-wrote eight of the 11 songs on the new CD.
One thing Randy did say today, that I will share with you now, is that he wants you all to go out and buy the CD. "I hope to be doing this for a while, but if I don’t have anyone buying these records, I’ll be gone," he said. "Or, I’ll be back to songwriting, and I won’t be singing anymore. I want to get out and meet the people, and to play and sing the songs," Randy said. Randy, we want you out there, too.
That’s all for tonight. I’ll talk to you all tomorrow. And to those of you I owe an e-mail… I’m headed that direction now, so I should be able to get those caught up over the weekend. Don’t give up on me – it takes me a while sometimes, but I will get your mail answered. Talk to you all soon!