Killin’ time in the ghetto

It’s not too late.  There are a few tickets left for the 2010 Texas Songwriters’ Hall of Fame Awards Show. This Sunday (March 7th) night, me and 1,200 others will sit right there in the irreplaceable Paramount Theatre and listen to Clint Black, alone with a guitar, singing some of the songs we all two-step to.  Killin’ Time, Nothing’s News, A Better Man, some others.  And Clint will pass the mic to Mac Davis.  That’s right.  Mac Davis.  Some of you know him for his Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me and (Lubbock) Texas In My Rear View Mirror, but get this:  Mac wrote Elvis Presley’s mega-hit In the Ghetto.  No, I’m not kidding.  He also wrote what you kids know as the theme song to that Vegas TV show, A Little Less Conversation.  And Lee Roy Parnell will be up there singing Whitey Shafer’s songs that helped skyrocket George Strait to stardom: All My Exes Live in Texas and Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind being a couple of them.  Hell, we’ve got a jukebox on the Texas Songwriters’ Hall of Fame website…go listen to a few of them, and buy your tickets right there online.  There will not be a more intimate, special, unique songwriter show in 2010.  I guarantee it.  The late great Stephen Bruton is being honored posthumously with the Darrell K Royal Patron Award, and while Jeff Bridges wanted to come to the show, he has to be in LA that night to accept an Oscar for his performance in Crazy Heart, the film in which Stephen’s songwriting and producing talents were a major influence to the soundtrack.  And if you’re in need of a more eloquent articulation of this event, take a look at this post from a friend of mine who’s an incredibly talented writer.

Texas Golf Professional

traderI’m not sure if he was ever in the PGA of America, but the late Larry Trader managed Willie’s golf course for years, doing all the stuff that golf pros do.  I ran across this shot of him I got back in 2004, a few years before he died, and it remains my favorite portrait. Probably because I knew Larry, and we’d spent a couple of hours together on this day talking about Willie and Evel Knievel and Ray Benson and Ear Campbell and Coach Royal and all the things that happened out there at Pedernales and on the road.  And because I know that he bummed that very cigarette there off my friend Mopar, who today will give a few golf lessons at Ascarate Park in El Paso.  I never asked Larry what happened to that finger.

Texas Heritage Songwriters

txhsa websiteHere’s something we’ve been working on down at Fosforus.  In March 2010, we’ll welcome Clint Black, Mac Davis and Whitey Shafer down to Austin for our Homecoming Weekend.  You certainly all know Clint, and most of you know Mac, but Whitey is an incredible songwriter, too.  A little-known fact about Mac Davis…  You may think of the melodic tune “Happiness is Lubbock Texas in my rear view mirror,” when you think of Mac, but did you know: He wrote mega-hits for Elvis “In the Ghetto” and “A Little Less Conversation.”  Wow.

Good views, pleasing sounds and familiar smells


Want to be one of Willie‘s neighbors? He’s selling lots on his ranch in Spicewood. Here’s one of ’em, just down the hill from his ranch house. That’s Lake Travis the Colorado River down there.