Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Road trip! Morgan Freeman's blues club!

My new pal Morgan Freeman told me never drop names. lol. pic taken last weekend at his Ground Zero blues club. Clarksdale Miss.
Here's me, Morgan Freeman and my hubby Tim on the right.

Here's the deets:
Clarksdale, Mississippi has long been described as "Ground Zero" for blues aficionados from around the globe. It all started here. That's why Ground Zero Blues Club® was created — to celebrate the area's rich blues heritage and to provide a forum in which it can continue.

Located at Ø Blues Alley next door to the Delta Blues Museum in the heart of historic downtown Clarksdale, Ground Zero Blues Club® opened in May 2001. Owned by local attorney and businessman, Bill Luckett; Academy Award-winning actor and Mississippi Delta resident, Morgan Freeman; and Clarksdale native and Memphis entertainment executive, Howard Stovall; Ground Zero Blues Club® is the place for anyone looking for an authentic Delta Blues experience.

Our mission is to showcase the best of today's Delta Blues musicians. Although some national acts perform from time to time, visitors are more likely to find the "real deal" at Ground Zero Blues Club® — those musicians who live in the Mississippi Delta and continue in the tradition of their musical forefathers Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Wednesday through Saturday there is always live music at Ground Zero Blues Club® (and even on a few Sundays when the occasion arises). We serve a "down home" menu ranging from plate lunches featuring the freshest vegetables and traditional Southern dishes to juicy hamburgers and — of course — crispy fried catfish and slow-cooked pork barbecue.

Happy 70th Birthday to my dad

The pastor did 70 pushups for his 70th birthday. I don't think I could do 7! (or 1) Here's a pic of my mom and dad and me when I was younger - enjoying some time at the lake, one of our favorite things to do together.
Who do you think I look like? Mom's eyes/dad's smile?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Behind the scenes to my song-writing method

People ask me all the time how I get the inspiration and motivation to write my own song lyrics.
Here's a behind the scenes look at when I did a recording session with my producer Victoria Shaw for "Count On Me. I wrote 7 of the songs on the album.
Songwriting is a lot like reporting the news. I love it! In fact, the song "This Just In" is a love story inspired by those famous words you hear me say from the anchor desk when news is breaking!

Barefoot racin' with NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson came to the Atlanta area Wednesday to promote Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR night race weekend to the Atlanta business community and race fans.

Jimmie Johnson started the the day with a live interview on Headline News’ Morning Express With Robin Meade. During the session, I challenged Jimmie to a 270-degree racing simulator - I was barefoot just to give him a little edge.

What a good guy and great sport.