Several paths of opportunity are now crossing within my realm, and I am taking all of them. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know me. You can expect the usual lecture and appearance announcements, but also some very NEW and DIFFERENT appearances, events, and projects!
On February 17th, I met with producers on site in Tennessee to discuss one such new project, which will involve a new paranormal investigative approach and perspective, and will air on major network TV.
This is one of SEVERAL new projects I am doing over the next couple years. Details will be released in the future. So, stay tuned; these next two years are going to be one heck of an exciting ride for all of us! #NextChapter
It was a busy and productive year, even to the point that I couldn’t find the time to update my site as frequently as I would have liked to. And since the beginning of 2020, things have become even more hectic, with plenty of the same-old as well as some brand new ventures and projects (stay tuned).
Rather than pen a bunch of long paragraphs discussing last year, I will show you how it went…with pictures. Just hover your mouse over the pictures to see the captions.
At The Great Escape – Nashville
Lunch at the Bell family get-together in Adams, Tennessee.
With Joe from “The Fringe” FM
At Bell Family get-together with family genealogist Sharon Bell Hamilton.
The Great Escape – Nashville
Knockin’ it out of the ballpark with blues legend, Dudley Harris
From the Bell Family get-together 2019
Playing an impromptu blues gig and live radio broadcast
At Great Escape – Nashville
Old Woodcrest Grocery – The setting for “The Ballad of Curtis Loew”
With Tim Henson at the Bell Family get-together 2019
Met an Old High School Friend and Fellow Musician
Playing at the 2019 Sleepy John blues jam
At Celtic Fest 2019
Me and my trusty 335
At Jackson State Community College lecture
Grave of Ronnie Van Zant
Original tomb of Ronnie Van Zant
Performing with The Music Highway Band
“The Jug” in Jacksonville, FL., where the “Gimme Three Steps” incident occurred.
Chatting with the news media at Jackson State Community College
Small lane leading to the former site of Ronnie Van Zant’s last home.
Performing at the Exit 56 Blues Fest 2019
At Celtic Fest 2019. The guy on the left is also a Fitzhugh
Showing my Strat to guitar legend James Burton
Arkansas Paranormal Expo 2019
Lecturing at Arkansas Paranormal Expo 2019
Warming up at the Sleepy John blues jam 2019
At the Bell Family get-together, 2019, in Adams, Tennessee
At Celtic Fest 2019
At Celtic Fest 2019 for signing and meet-greet
Boyhood home of three rock stars. Ronnie, Donnie, and Johnnie Van Zant.
Also in the works for this year are several new paranormal investigations, writing projects, lecture and signing events at paranormal conferences and bookstores, and several guitar clinics. This year’s demand has been really high, and we are carefully monitoring the “para-scape” and working hard to finalize what’s in store for 2018!
The newspaper did a nice little write-up about the recent donation of guitars to a school music class in Brownsville. It was such an honor to be a part of this awesome project, and to help advance the appreciation and instruction of music in today’s public school systems. I am also glad that the newspaper took it seriously, as well, devoting much of an entire page to it.
I recently worked with the Heritage Center and the James Burton Foundation in arranging for the donation of 12 new guitars to the school in Brownsville. They had gotten down to just two guitars, which obviously made it difficult for the school to continue offering the classes. Thankfully, the Burton Foundation came through and donated new, high-quality acoustic guitars!
Brownsville, TN school guitar donation event
It was an honor being a part of this worthwhile endeavor. Music is the globally-understood language of creation and expression, and it touches our lives and hearts in so many different ways. The FUTURE of American music begins right here, with young people learning to play musical instruments. Play it loud, play it proud, and play it forward!