April 14 nineteen years ago the world lost one of the greatest Rodeo Announcers I've ever worked with. At times I felt that he was my brother, my son or my friend, depending on the situation. Phil Gardenhire, I miss you. Here's his Silver Belly and his chaps in my trophy room.
My music connection these days. Although I played on records in Memphis in the 50's and 60's, most of my band mates have retired. I was fortunate enough to play on some of Willie Mitchell's records, thus my connection with Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell. Boo remembers when Willie would take him to the rodeo in Memphis so he could see me. Boo was the Grammy Award winning engineer and producer of "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars. Proud to call Boo a friend.
This is the newest member of the baseball team. He is Blake Johnson on the left, a talented young bullfighter that pitched last Friday and Saturday night in El Paso, Arkansas. Welcome to the team, dude. In the middle is Bishop Arnold and me on the end.
This is Glen Bird, one of the best bull riders I've ever seen, in his own "Glen Bird" style, riding a Bailey & Hall bull in Antlers, Oklahoma. No wonder he's being inducted into the Bull Riders Hall of Fame.
This is Buddy Steverson, a good friend of mine and an all around cowboy that I haven't seen in a long time until this year at The Dixie Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi. In this photo, he was at a Preston Fowlkes Rodeo in Clarksville, Tennessee. They aren't making "Good Ole Friends" anymore. Keep the ones you've got.