Hi everyone, I’m home! I had a very nice couple of days away, but it’s good to be back. I am sorry that I didn’t get anything posted during my absence, I really did try. Unfortunately, I had a little trouble with the Wi-Fi connection that was available to me, so I’m sure we have a lot of catching up to do!

Emerson Drive But before I get started, I just wanted to thank the folks at WXTU Radio in Philadelphia. It was nice finding such a great country radio station in the big city. And, these guys have a lot of concerts! On Nov. 22, Pat Green and Randy Houser will be at Trocadero in Philly; Amy Grant will be at the Tower Theater on that same night; Joe Nichols will be at Prospectors in Mt. Laurel, M.J. on the and the Eagles will be at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia on the 25th. Dec. 6 will find Emerson Drive at Prospectors.

Those of you in Philadelphia can be proud of this radio station. And for the rest of the country, just click on WXTU to check out their web site and hear what they’re doing!


AJfanfair2 Other things going on in country music include Alan Jackson’s new album… but not yet. Alan said this is the time of year to begin working on his next album, but with the latest album, "Good times," still releasing singles, he told Billboard he’s not in any rush to start the process again. ""I usually record in the winter time, but this winter might be a little early to start putting stuff down," he said. "I don’t like to work ahead because things change and sometimes your whole perspective changes before you get to the finish line. So I like to wait."

MerleH Merle Haggard is currently recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his right lung. He’s in a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. The growth was discovered in Ma, and concerned nonmalignant. Merle said he had no plans to have it removed at that time.

In a personal message on Merle’s official web site, his wife Theresa thanked fans for their support. She said "He is doing better and better every day. Merle and I both believe strongly in our Lord Jesus Christ and His healing powers. After all, He is the greatest physician of all. Believing in our prayers to be answered is the key." We all hope you’re feeling better real soon!

John Overton Band The John Overton High School Marching Band will perform at this year’s CMA Awards – at least outside. The arriving artists will be trumpeted on to the red carpet by the Nashville high school band.

The award winning marching band will lead a procession of limos and Chevy vehicles to the CMA Awards Red Carpet, outside the Sommet Center in Nashville. From there, a group of local marines will greet the stars and usher them onto the Red Carpet. The Marines have been part of the CMA Awards Red Carpet experience since 2006.

CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese said it is heartwarming that our friends in the Marine Corps are able to participate in the show. The Marines are there to support the country artists who travel around the world to do shows for our service men and women. And it goes without saying that our country artists are very appreciative of the service our military personnel do for us.

051_51 - Copy I have a few CDs in to review for you guys. The first is Randy Houser’s Anything goes. I’ll listen to that one tomorrow and let you all know what I think of it tomorrow night.

In the meantime, we’ve only got a few days until the 42nd CMA Awards show – don’t forget that Red Carpet preview show with Julianne Hough and Craig Morgan, 30 minutes before the awards show. We always have a lot to talk about after those awards are handed out, so get online after you watch, and let me know what you think of the winners.

I’ll talk to you all soon – keep writing! I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy hearing from all of you. Talk to you soon!

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Hi everyone, I'm home! I had a very nice couple of days away, but it's good to be back. I am sorry that I didn't get anything posted during my absence, I really did try. Unfortunately, I had a little trouble with the Wi-Fi connection that was available to...