Radio, music, half-marathons, building, and puppy love…
So much has happened this year I don’t know where to really begin. First and foremost, I am happy to have been seeing more of our American friends out on the road. My new affiliation with United Talent Agency has proven to be a wonderful partnership as well as friendship. The band and I are having a ball playing shows all over the place. Next year is shaping up to be one of my busiest years in recent history as far as being out on the road playing music and I couldn’t be more thankful or grateful for that. Being somewhat limited to the amount I could tour for awhile has given me a whole new appreciation for the road and lit a fire under my ass to play live music as much as I can. It’s what I was born to do, and I appreciate all of your enthusiasm and support more than you can imagine!
My radio role at America’s Morning Show has evolved into a once a week feature called Terri’s Throwback Thursday where I have 5 seconds to guess the artist or song from the intros alone. I get quite a few of them but have been stumped here and there as well. It’s fun and I don’t have to get up at 3:30am anymore. This enables me to tour as much as I want and still be a part of the radio show. In addition to AMS I am also taping a feature for NASH ICON that airs every morning. It’s called NASH ICON Insider and it’s a snippet where I talk a little about an artist or give a personal story introducing their song. I’m really digging this new radio gig and am lucky to get to do it in addition to touring like crazy. My health is better for it as well!
Speaking of – I ran the St. Jude Country Music Half-Marathon here in Nashville in April. A huge thanks to everyone that donated to our Hat Brats fundraising efforts! I was still doing morning radio 5 days a week, training for the half-marathon, AND doing gigs on weekends so I was pretty spent for several months. This schedule is definitely more humane. I am still running 3 to 4 days a week but keep it to 3 to 5 miles. That 8-13 mile stuff is for the birds.
In May I got to attend the Kentucky Derby for the first time and it was amazing. Very fancy! I got to meet Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Tom Brady, Gronkowski AND Marylyn McCoo from Solid Gold!!!! We didn’t quite know where to go or the protocol for the Derby with all the fanciness so we latched onto Eddie Montgomery and his wife Jennifer for the entire weekend while they showed us the ropes…it was so fun.
I got to spend a lot of time at the place on the lake up North this summer. It was such a gift. I haven’t had that much time there since I bought it. I threw my Grandmother a 90th surprise birthday party and the whole family came in for that. She was thrilled. I also got a lot of golf in. And no – I’m not any better.
I picked up a new puppy last June. She’s not the dog I thought I was going to get. As you all know I like the wieners. My neighbors have this puppy that they call a Morkie. My little Charlee couldn’t stop playing with her. So dog #3 became a Morkie. Yeah – I got my dog a dog. Her name is Rigby and she’s the sweetest little thing ever. She fit in with the family right away and we can’t imagine never having her.
Also to add to the list of things going on – I’m building a house. It’s about 3-4 months behind schedule but I am convinced when it’s finished and EXACTLY what I want, the delays won’t matter. The rental I was in also sold, so right now it’s boxes upon boxes and a move to storage until the house is done. Good times. I will spend a lot of time at my place up in Canada waiting it out and coming back and forth staying with friends in between. Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you will need their guest room. 🙂
I went to Lambeau Field with a bunch of friends in October to watch “my friend Aaron” play. It’s always a riot going through the tailgating thing. Golfed whistling straits. And yeah it was hellacious and hard and cold!!! But it was a blast. Oh I also had my first “Old Fashioned” which is a whiskey type concoction. Yum.
We played the Opry a whole bunch this year, which is always awesome. I got to see some awesome live music this past year as well. I discovered Holly Williams and saw a few bucket list artists like Paul McCartney, James Taylor, and Fleetwood Mac. I even got up to jam and sing with the Indigo Girls at the Ryman and finally saw Jason Isbell live who I WORSHIP!!! His opening act, Chris Stapleton went on to win 3 CMAs the following week and wow the world with his performance on the show with Justin Timberlake. I am SO happy to see someone with true talent, who made a record he wanted to make without a second thought of radio air play, just take off overnight. I’ve never seen the power of a performance impact an artist so much and so fast. Nashville’s best-kept secret has just blown up…not sure he will be anyone’s opening act for long.
Speaking of music. I am starting to write some new music. John Rich and I are taking a stab at it for the first time ever. His house is a bar so this one might have am alcohol reference somewhere. I hope to start recording some new stuff at some point in 2016 but the songs will dictate when that happens. The song is everything and we aren’t recording anything until we have something killer. I look forward to maybe getting to play something new for you at the fan club party in June…which I am super excited about, by the way!
As we approach the holidays, I wanted to wish you all the very best the season can bring. Be safe and cherish those you love and make memories to last a lifetime. I am thankful for all of you, for so much in my life, and for the gift that music has brought to all of our lives.
See you next year!!!
Lots of love