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Baseball's regular season is right around the corner - getting underway in about a month. The Guardians' home opener is April 8th, and I mentioned in the Sports Roundup last night that for the 31st consecutive season the game is sold out!
That means that every home opener at Progressive Field/Jacobs Field has sold out. The last time the opener was NOT sold out for the then-Indians, they shared Cleveland Municipal Stadium with the Browns! That is a great milestone of achievement as fans. Now, let's hope we can keep those numbers up and have a reason to keep those numbers up because the Guards have a great season! Fingers Crossed!
I'm sure you noticed that it has been just gorgeous outside, especially considering it is still February. I'm personally stoked whenever it is above freezing, let alone nearly sixty degrees and sunny, so this fair weather has put a smile on my face. It's a welcome reminder that spring is really on the way and as much as it may seem like it, winter won't last forever. Soon enough we'll be wearing shorts, eating ice cream, firing up the barbeque, and doing all those fun summertime activities.
One of my absolute favorite things to do when the weather turns nice is to drive my El Camino, Eleanor. Sunday and Monday were both excellent opportunities to wake up the old beast, so that's exactly what I did. I gave her an overdue bath and went for a pleasant little cruise with the windows down. It was a good feeling being back behind the wheel of that Chevy, and I am so ready for the cold and road salt to be behind us. How about you?
Are there any warm weather activities that you've been longing to return to? I've sure got a list!
Whatever the weather is, thanks so much for keeping it tuned to Your Country 94.9 WQMX!
Late Saturday afternoon, I met my mom at the laundromat. We both had a TON of stuff to wash - and big things too. I needed to wash the comforter from my bed (Buttercup had some spit-up one morning), and I wanted to wash several blankets from my house as well. My mom had the same situation, plus our regular laundry too. We figured why not get it all done at one time and much quicker too?!
In total we were there between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. It actually went by pretty fast, just not my ideal way to spend a late Saturday afternoon. LOL
If you missed it; I had my wisdom teeth taken out this past week and I have been in recovery since. Let me begin by telling you just how good it feels to be back in the studio here doing my thing! I was tuned in throughout my time off, and I want to thank Nate, Nick, and Marty for filling in for me during my absence.
I'd rather not go into much detail on the surgery itself, but it was successful. The team of professionals taking care of me did a fantastic job all the way through, and I am so very grateful that it was a smooth operation. I was totally freaking out as I awaited sedation, and I am glad they wasted no time in knocking me out. I was somewhere in between awake and asleep for the procedure, but once that IV was going, I felt nothing. I was a little loopy for a short while afterwards, but I had it together more than I had anticipated for the car ride home.
For the remainder of the first day and even into the next, I was numb. I couldn't feel my lips or chin, and that really messed with me. I also could not open my mouth more than a little bit, and even drinking a sip of water proved nearly impossible as I just couldn't figure out how to swallow. Alongside the overall pain, these things improved in the following days. The swelling, on the other hand, got worse before improving.
Once I was able to eat, I tore up a ton of creamy mashed potatoes. I've had so much that I think I'm good on that dish until about Thanksgiving! I would switch between those and vanilla ice cream, and it was several days until I was able to have anything else.
Just as my choices for nourishment were drastically limited, so too were my options for things to do. I'm not the type who enjoys being idle, but I was forced to take it easy. I watched a lot of television and movies, and I barely left the house at all. Our housecats, Freddy and Fiona, kept me company as I healed. I managed to get a little work in on my buggy project and played some video games too. That was pretty much it....
So, where am I at in my recovery currently? I still can't eat anything that requires chewing. Talking isn't the easiest thing, and I'm doing my best to not let that affect my performance on-air. I'm still very sore and a dull face pain remains constant. I'm swollen and outwardly bruised. The process is certainly slower than I had expected, but I'm taking it day by day, and each one is now better than the last.
I'm just glad to be back! Thank you for tuning in to 94.9 WQMX.
By now I'm sure you've heard about the new project from the Tom Petty estate. There is a new tribute album (Petty Country) due in May featuring many of today's big country stars doing Petty songs. (Cherise introduced us to this Friday) This of course has been done dozens of times before from various artists over many years. Some of them have been good, others have been ill-advised, but in Tom Petty's case I feel this is a pretty darn good idea.
Hey, I'm not gonna sit here and try to pretend that Tom Petty was country, because that isn't accurate. But what is accurate, the fact that he was highly influential to many future country stars that grew up Petty fans. Petty, more than most of his era cast a certain overall dye that was appealing to many young musicians. His heavy guitar riffs were fun to imitate and the structure of his songs were simple and straight forward. Petty was an interesting mix of rock, southern rock, future country and garage band fun.
There was nothing about his music that seemed out of reach for those who had dreams of stardom. His vocals of course, extremely unique in the fact that he was kind of a stylist. His vocals were not intimidating, and you felt secure singing along. I also have never seen someone so humble and thankful to be given a Superbowl Halftime performance. You could see it in the picture above. A career moment never thought possible. Incredible example to others.
Big Hit - Very Simple And Straightforward
Petty's image itself was disarming and had a very welcoming approach. He was far more unassuming than virtually every other rock star of his time, and that's how many country stars are. What I think Petty did very well without really trying was, making those up and comers with big dreams feel like they could do it too. And even though his songs were not country, they were a mindful blueprint for those in the next generation of country stars to build on. He was influential to a new line of future country stars much like the Eagles, Lynard Skynyrd, ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers were. Just as Petty himself was highly influenced by Elvis.
This Is Played Everywhere - Still Loved!
Petty was from Gainesville, Florida so southern rock ran through his veins and manifested itself through his music. His Damn The Torpedoes album is one of the most successful albums of its era, and has been imitated many times. In the 80's he wrote songs for the country group, Southern Pacific who had a top 20 hit with the Petty penned, Thing About You that featured Emmylou Harris in 1985. He recorded it too in 1980. Petty was versatile in the fact he recorded with many big stars and had a long career that was hard to place in one category.
Dierks Bentley - From The Tribute Album
Southern Pacific - Top 20 - Petty Written - GREAT Guitar Riff
Yes I was a fan, but that makes little difference in the fact that Petty was a star, who left no doubt that his influence to a more modern country was enormous. I'd write this if I wasn't a fan because the truth is the truth. Not bad for a guy who himself never charted a country hit. His legacy to country, was his influence.
Well done Tom!
When I read Reba's Mansion on Vrbo... (I was like someone is going to lose a lot of money on this one!)
The Nashville Mansion was formerly owned by Reba and called StarStruck Farms... She sold it for $5 Million back in 2017...
The property mansion now on Estate at Cherokee Dock supposedly sleeps 24 people. Maybe split the $3,500 price tag? Anyone want to Spring Break at Reba's old spot? Sing Fancy in these fancy digs...
Here is the listing. Click Here.
The Tom Petty estate has assembled a new tribute album that features country stars.
Petty Country is due out on May 31st and it features Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, George Strait, Brothers Osborne and many more.
Two former Heartbreakers also appear on the album, Mike Campbell helps Margo Price on "Ways to Be Wicked," while Benmont Tench appears on Rhiannon Giddens take on "Don't Come Around Here No More."
The first single is Dierks Bentley's version of "American Girl," which we played in the WQMX Country Cafe at noon and will feature during tonights New at 9 for "Keep It or Kick It"!
Petty Country Track Listing:
"I Should Have Known It" - Chris Stapleton
"Wildflowers" - Thomas Rhett
"Runnin' Down a Dream" - Luke Combs
"Southern Accents" - Dolly Parton
"Here Comes My Girl" - Justin Moore
"American Girl" - Dierks Bentley
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" - Lady A
"I Forgive It All" - Jamey Johnson
"I Won't Back Down" - Brothers Osborne
"Refugee" - Wynonna Judd & Lainey Wilson
"Angel Dream #2" - Willie Nelson & Lukas Nelson
"Learning to Fly" - Eli Young Band
"Breakdown" - Ryan Hurd feat. Carly Pearce
"Yer So Bad" - Steve Earle
"Ways to Be Wicked" - Margo Price & Mike Campbell
"Mary Jane's Last Dance" - Midland
"Free Fallin'" - The Cadillac Three feat. Breland
"I Need to Know" - Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
"Don't Come Around Here No More" - Rhiannon Giddens feat. Benmont Tench
"You Wreck Me (Live)" - George Strait
Be listening to me tonight and tomorrow night for your final 2 chances to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the Cleveland Auto Show at the I-X Center! The show runs this Friday (February 23rd) through Sunday March 3rd.
It's a great time to go look at cars if you are into cars, are looking for a new car to see what is out there, or maybe look at cars you'd never be able to afford and just dream for a little bit ;). No matter what your reason for going is, I have your final 2 chances to win tickets tonight and tomorrow at 8:15 with the Not-So Impossible Question.
Tune into the New @ 9 tonight as we are going to play Keep it Or Kick it with Josh Ross' new single "Single Again" off of his album "Complicated". Cherise played it during the Country Cafe, and now you'll hear it again this evening with the chance to vote - do we add it to rotation, or file it under "T" for trash?
As always, listen for me to play the song all the way through and then you can vote by sending me a text or giving me a call at 330-370-2000. You'll have until 9:45 to vote and then results come at about 9:50. Let's see what you think of the new Josh Ross single. This really is a way you can help us pick you music you hear on 94.9 WQMX!