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Holly Live Tonight At Dan McGuiness

Holly will be performing live at Dan McGuiness Irish Pub tonight at 8pm. She’s part of a ladies’ night with an organization called the Women in Music Business Association (WMBA) of which she is a member.

Holly’s performing a total of four songs – three originals and one cover. Her set will include:
– Lost In America – by Larry Wayne Clark and Tom Fisch
– I Wanna Live Like That – by Larry Wayne Clark
– You Don’t Know Me – by Eddie Arnold and Cindy Walker
– What’s Not To Like – by Holly Ashby

Have Tab Will Travel

Tab Trailer ClamshellI am so green with envy I could spit. A good friend of mine, Chris Dunphy, is currently traveling the west coast in his Tab Trailer. He’s documenting his travels on his blog and recently posted an update.

Personally, I’m more of a bicycle touring person, but I have to say after seeing his trailer, it definitely makes me consider RV-ing. I love the floor plan and envious as hell that I’m not doing a trip of my own. There’s just something about being that portable and compact that I find so appealing.

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Note To Family & Friends: We’re OK

Based on reports from people I’ve talked to, Nashville has been all over the news regarding the deadly tornados that ripped through Middle Tennessee yesterday. I’m happy to report that we’re fine and sustained no damage in yesterday’s storm. Although we did get plenty of wind, rain and M&M sized hail, the worst of the storm was to the north of us. We were very lucky and VERY thankful that we dodged this bullet. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affect by this horrible storm.

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Live From New Orleans

Mike Rohde just sent me a link about a guy who is still in downtown New Orleans and he’s blogging and hosting a web cam. He goes by the name of Interdictor and from reading his profile he’s a bit extreme, but I guess you’d need to be in times like this. To quote is synopsis of his blog:

This journal has become the Survival of New Orleans blog. In less perilous times it was simply a blog for me to talk smack and chat with friends. Now this journal exists to share firsthand experience of the disaster and its aftermath with anyone interested.

Now you might be wondering just what the hell this guy is doing staying in New Orleans. Well, it seems he works for a company called DirectNIC, which hosts hundreds of thousands of web sites and their data center is located in downtown New Orleans. He’s on the 10th and 11th floors of a corporate high rise on 650 Poydras Ave right near St. Charles. They are running a diesel generator to keep power going and the police have been using their building as a staging area, so that’s good news.

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Katrina And The Aftermath

Animated hurricane flagsAs you may, or may not know, I’m originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and if you’ve been watching the news at all for the past week or so, you’ve probably seen reporters broadcasting from there. Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana and the Gulf Coast earlier this week and even made it’s way through Nashville yesterday. It’s been one hell of a storm and caused catastrophic damage along the way. I’ve been in constant contact with friends and family both in Baton Rouge and New Orleans and I thought I’d post an update.

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Holly Live Tonight At Dan McGuiness

A microphoneHolly will be performing live at Dan McGuiness Irish Pub tonight at 8pm. She’s part of a ladies’ night with an organization called the Women in Music Business Association (WMBA) of which she is a member.

Holly will be performing both originals and covers. Her set will include:
Lost In America – Holly Ashby
I Wanna Live Like That – Holly Ashby
If I’m Not In Love With You – Dawn Thomas
I Wanna Man – Trisha Yearwood

So if you’re free tonight, please stop by Dan McGuiness Irish Pub. We’ll be out on the patio enjoying a pint and some fish and chips, or shepherds’s pie. And as if the great food and beer isn’t enough, you never know who might show up there. Keith Urban has been known to make and appearance on a Monday night with his good buddy John Corbett.

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Dennis Smith Shot In The Line Of Duty

This morning I woke up with a disturbing message on my mobile from one of my best friends, Ken Duffy. He left me a message to let me know that a friend of mine, Dennis Smith, had been shot during an undercover arrest. Dennis is an undercover police officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department and during a undercover drug bust, he was shot in the line of duty and rushed to the hospital.

The Greatest Honor

I’m in Baton Rouge at the moment doing some work on my Mother’s home. I was up early this morning and making my way to CC’s to get some work done before my first appointment at 10:30am. A little after 6am I arrived at CC’s and as is my usual custom, I began checking my e-mail via my pa1m0ne Tungsten C. I use SnapperMail and I find it easier to clear out my inboxes using my Palm than firing up my e-mail client in Windows. Anyway, the point is I’m standing in line to place my order and sifting through my inbox when I finally come across an actual e-mail that isn’t SPAM. It’s an e-mail from one of my best friends, Helen Papaneri. She just had a child a few days ago and I figure it’s a birth announcement. As I read the first few lines of the e-mail, the barista asks me for my order. Unfortunately for me, I’m speechless. You see, I just found out that she and her husband named their child Michael Thomas.

Merry Christmas!

A quick post to wish everyone a very merry Christmas! In lieu of a proper Christmas card, here’s a picture Holly and I took in New York when we were there last weekend for her birthday.

White Christmas In Louisiana?

An alligator cooking in a snowstorm.It’s Christmas Eve and Holly and I came down to Baton Rouge, where we’re from, to visit with family and friends for the holidays. In years past when we’ve come down, this trip is also a bit of a refuge from the colder weather in Nashville. Not this year however. A cold front has been sweeping through the south bringing record cold temperatures. The last weather report I saw on television said that they expect Corpus Christi, Texas to get up to 4 inches of snow. Corpus Christy is near the Mexico border! I don’t know that we’ll get any snow, but thus far I have seen a small bit of sleet.

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