Hi everybody! I know that I haven’t been diligent in keeping up with my blog. Between traveling for fun and working here in Nashville, it’s been so busy! We went to Texas for a while this winter so I took a month off from my “Songwriter’s Round” at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. But remember I do the songwriter’s round once a month at the Maxwell House along with my brother Danny Wheeler and three other talented songwriters! You’ll never know who they will be until I announce it. Another thing that has kept me busy, busy, busy, is the “2nd Generation” or the “Nashville Brat Pack”, as we call ourselves. This is the sons and daughters of Country Music Legends! We have filmed two Shows on Larry Black’s “Country Family Reunion”, on RFD TV. The last one was called “Country’s Family Reunion 2nd Generation”. We have so many sons and daughters of the great country legends that I don’t want to mention any of them by name, because I might leave somebody out and that’s not fair to them. We are working the Nashville Palace on April 2, 2015 and we are working 3rd and Lindsley on June 11, 2015. Remember Fan Fair (as I call it!) starts on that day. So folks will be in town for this. It starts at 7:00 p.m. Danny and I are still working on our Duet Album, and I’m in the studio putting down the songs that I wrote. And let me say….that I am working on my book! I know, I know! It’s been a long time and with my songwriting, studio, shows and everything (I have a lot of excuses don’t I?) it doesn’t leave me much time to write. BUT I promise to work on it. I’ve gotten a lot of feed-back on writing the book, people telling me to get on with it, so I will! Hahaha! And I’ll try to do better on the “Blog” thing!
I know that I haven’t been up to date on my website. But here’s an attempt to do just that. I have been so busy. I have to say a special thanks to all of my high school buddies, the “Juliettes”. They have been remarkable in all of my singing venues! I have been doing a lot of “Songwriter’s Rounds”, and they have practically been to every one. I work once a month at the “Millenium Maxwell House Hotel” just off of Rosa L. Parks Blvd. here in Nashville. I just got through working the (biggest Fair in the state of Tennessee) Wilson County Fair. And we truly had a “Captured Audience”! Ha! But I saw a “lot” of my friends there and family. I do hope that you all go to my Facebook page, that’s where all the pictures are of what I’ve been doing lately. I will be working the Maxwell House Hotel August 28, 2014. Please come to see me, and I apologize for not keeping ya’ll up to date on everything. I will do better!
I know that ya’ll haven’t heard from me in a while, but like usual, things get so busy around here! We had a wonderful Christmas with our families. We stopped having New Years Eve parties at our house because it was just too much trouble to clean out the 3-car garage!!! So….we started having Christmas parties right after Christmas and just before New Years. You usually find that people are available for this, but then another problem evolved! All my singin’ and pickin’ friends are doing the Opry! So….we decided to just keep on doin’ it anyway. As it turned out, there were about 55-60 people here anyway! It was so much fun! I’m still doing a lot of “Songwriters’ Nights”, and will let you all know when those events are coming up. Just go to the website to find out anything you want to know. We are not going to Florida or Texas this year to perform, because there’s too much going on here. I am going to take a break with my husband Glen to go to Alaska sometime this summer! Wooooo-whooooo!!! So until you hear from me again. Ya’ll take care and God Bless You, each and every one!
October is “Breast Cancer” month and I am so thankful that God has let me live to tell all about my survival. A good friend of mine, Tom Grant & I wrote a song about cancer survival, because we both had cancer. It is called “I’m Gonna Beat This Thing”. (The song is on my album “Too Good To Be Bad” that you can purchase on my website.) This was on a Wednesday, and we were suppose to perform at Summit Hospital on Friday. Tom had an idea and he knew how much I love to write songs, and I was a survivor, so he asked me to write it with him. He asked me what I said the most, while I was taking chemotherapy. And I said, “I’m gonna beat this thing!” The song is the best I’ve ever had the privelege of being a part of. It is a beautiful song. My cousin uses it as their theme song in her Breast Cancer Survival Group that meets once a month. I just want to take this opportunity to tell everyone that is a victim of this terrible disease to stay strong, never give up, try to eat (even though it’s hard, my husband and my kids brought me broccoli, cauliflower & carrots instead of flowers!!!!!!) It’s hard, and you’re going to be so weak, but just believe that God will see you through it. I had breast cancer at the age of 38, I thought I was too young, but this disease doesn’t discriminate! No one in my family had ever had cancer. So I was the first, and I had a radical mastectomy. But that was then, and this is now! I’ve been fine all these years. I may have been too young to have breast cancer, but I’m very strong and still surviving. I would like for the American Cancer Society to use this song, because it is so inspiring for anyone going through this. Amen!
Sorry I haven’t been on my blog page for a while. But it has been a very busy summer to say the least! As you can see by my “Itinerary Page” I’ve been working a lot, not counting all the trips we have made out of town that’s not on the Itinerary. I have been to Florida twice since September 15th. I went to Destin, Florida with four of my girlfriends from Mt. Juliet High School. Just got home October 8th. We had a blast!!! The pool is closed at home and we’re gearing up for winter. My brother Danny and I (hopefully) will have a new album of duets cut by December. And I’ve asked my brother to sing with me at the Mt. Juliet Homecoming celebration on October 27, 2012. It’s down the Old Railroad Bed Road behind the Presbyterian Church. I will be doing “Songwriters Night”, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the Commodore Lounge inside the Holiday Inn off of West End Ave. in downtown Nashville. Then on December 11th I will be singing for the Shriners Christmas party with Melvin Sloan. It’s been an amazing year so far, and I am so thankful for everything, and I believe that God has truely blessed us . See you next month. That will be “Turkey Month”.
I hope you all have had a wonderful summer so far. Tennessee had a drought going for a while there. Our grass died and lots of our trees…..and oh, the garden. Then the rain came, and everything is green again. Thank you Lord! I was privileged to sing on stage with some great songwriters recently. Mr. Jerry Foster, who has written so many hits, and the great Marty Raybon, who use to sing lead for Shennandoah, and Mr. Joe Rucker! Joe sings so good, and he played guitar for me. I’m just not polished enough yet to play guitar for myself. But, I’m working on it! We have been bom-bar-ded (don’t know exactly how to spell that! heh! heh!) with family reunions this month. It’s always great to see family members you haven’t seen in a while. The one I always look forward to is my “Wheeler Cousin’s Reunion”. We rent a lodge on Kentucky Lake and the guys bar-b-que chicken in the back on the lake side. They bring their own bar-b-que pit, and the kids ride jet skis, and ride pontoon boats. After we eat, we put on skits. We sing, we play guitars, mandolins & banjo’s, we pantomime records and sometimes we do skits of favorite TV shows, such as The Andy Griffith Show or Gilligan’s Island. It is so much fun. The next thing I have coming up will be the Wilson County Fair on Monday, August 20, 2012. Opening for David Frizzell. Ya’ll stay cool now, ya’ hear?
It’s that time again! I will be performing at the “Wilson County Fair” again this year. I love our fair because there is so much to do, and Fiddler’s Grove is so down-home country. It’s the biggest fair in the state of Tennessee. My performance will be on Monday, August 20, 2012. The show starts with Tom and Beverly Grant at 6:00 p.m. I will go on sometime after that and do 6 songs. I will be performing a cancer survivor song that I wrote with Tom Grant called “I’m Gonna Beat This Thing”. The next performer will be the great David Frizzell! You’re gonna love this show, so please come out and support us. Can’t wait!!! And don’t forget that we are performing on the “Miss Leona Sloan” stage in Fiddler’s Grove over by the mules making ice cream on a treadmill! See you there!
Hi Country Fans! Okay…..I hope my TV menu is telling the truth this time. We are scheduled for Friday, June 29, 2012 on RFD TV (DirecTV 345) at 7:00 pm, on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 5:00 am and again on Saturday at 11:00 pm. This is the “Country Family Reunion Second Generation” show that all the kids of Country Music Legends are on. They only showed 3 shows and then it went to Gospel??? So by looking at the menu on my DirecTV I saw that it was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, the 29th & the 30th of 2012 on RFD, channel 345 on DirecTV. I don’t recall what the channels are for Comcast or Dish, so you’ll have to look it up. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and hoping that it will be shown. Have a great day, and I’ll be talking to you again soon!
Hi ya’ll, and I mean all of you “out-of-towners” and locals! Hope you’re having a fun-time in Nashville, getting to see all of your favorite stars. The shows are fabulous, and I know you’ll be remembering this in years to come. Yesterday I sang at the Nightlife Theater off of Music Valley Drive for “Breakfast With The Stars” for a wonderful organization called R.O.P.E. (Reunion Of Proffessional Entertainers). We had a breakfast fit for a King; eggs, ham, gravey, biscuits, fruit, cereal, orange juice and coffee. I saw lots and lots of friends. Some fans, and some entertainers. It was like a family reunion! Keith Bilbrey was our announcer, and he did such a wonderful job. I sang my old stand by song, it has become my signature song “Muleskinner Blues”. And may I say that we had an excellent…..VERY excellent BAND! They were awesome! It “Kick-Started” off a wonderful week for Fan Fair. Have a great time, and enjoy our city. We love it, hope you do too!
Today is the anniversary of my daddy’s death. May 26, 1984. It has been 28 years ago today, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I miss him so much. He passed away while singing a new song he had written, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. The Nelson brother’s, A. J. & Doyle Nelson were singing harmony with him. It’s strange that they started with my daddy back in the 50′s and they ended on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with my daddy. I was singing on the Opry pretty regular at the time, but I couldn’t seem to even pass the Grand Ole Opry on Briley Parkway without crying. I came backstage one night just to face my fears. I couldn’t even look at the stage, and my daddy died in the circle from the old Ryman Auditorium on that stage. Roy Acuff knew the fear I had, and he asked me to come out on stage and blow the train whistle like my daddy used to do on the “Wabash Cannonball”. They led me out, and the memories were so hard. I left that night, mad at Roy Acuff, but I later went to his house and told him that I knew exactly why he did that. I could face the Grand Ole Opry stage once again. Thank you Mr. Acuff, and thank you God for giving me such a wonderful father.