Archive for January, 2011


Missionary Ridge has been in the studio at Mr. Tom T. Hall’s place several days now. We’ve been doing full days once or twice a week. What a great experience! Kyle and I have had a good time getting acquainted with the ways of recording, and getting to know Tom T. and Dixie Hall. The stories, the food, the laughter – it’s all wonderful! We’ll be back in there on Wednesday, and I’ll be laying down my vocal tracks and some fiddle breaks.

You know how people make fun of other people that sing along with their music while their headphones/earbuds are on? Yeah. I feel like that’s what I’m doing when I’m singing in the studio. I get those big ol’ honkin’ headphones on, turn up my monitor, sing along with the rhythm track, and ask Troy, “Did that sound bad?” (with a sneaking suspicion that it did). Then, no doubt, is when I hear the patient, “Uhh… One more time, how ’bout?…”. It’s getting a little easier, though, since I now know better what to expect, what to adjust, etc.

Moving on… We have a couple of gigs coming up here soon! Check out the Missionary Ridge blog. We’ll be playing an all gospel event in Ettowah, TN on February 5th, and will be at the Daniel Brantley Foundation on March 12th. Stay tuned for more details. I’d love to see some familiar faces in the crowd… Please… Yes, I’m begging. 🙂 Leave a comment if you’re interested in either. I’ll do my best to answer any questions, and would love to hear from y’all.

BTW, you can also donate items for the auction at the Daniel Brantley Foundation to help support the cause.

Now, I think I’ll just sit here and watch all the responses flow in… Or, may be I’ll go see if I can help with supper.


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… I turn 18. I slept in till eight this morning, and woke up to a delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, and sausage. Kyle’s been out fencing with a very good friend since dawn, so they joined us for breakfast, and headed back out. Thank you, boys! They’re preparing the pasture to receive our milk cows, so, hopefully, we’ll be back to milking before too long. I’m really glad of that, as I’ve been missing it. Of course, I can’t say that I’ve really been longing to do it when we get in at midnight and it’s 10 degrees out. 🙂

This afternoon we’ll have an apple cake for my birthday dessert. It’s probably my all-time favorite cake, and I’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time. As for my birthday supper, we’ve postponed that until family can be here. We’ll have one of my favorite meals ever: corned beef and cabbage.

As for the rest of the day, who knows? I think Kyle and Daniel will be fencing till lunch, then going out to collect firewood. Daddy and Luke are going to work on get things ready just in case we get a lot of ice or snow. That leaves me, Mama, and Laura in here. Hmmm… Sounds like time for a chick-flick. 🙂

By the way, we’ve been in the studio two days now, and I’m really enjoying the experience. Needless to say, I’m eternally grateful to Mr. Brantley for being so patient with me, and thankful, also, that Troy (our sound engineer/miracle-worker) is so patient. I know either of them could come in, save some time, and play all my fiddle parts, but, instead, they sit and patiently encourage, “Okay, one more time… Good try – just one more time… That’s the right idea – try one more time…” until I finally get it. Thank y’all!

Over and out, till next time…


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