HimNHer & You & Me

In case you haven’t been checking our Events page, just a quick reminder that we’ll be up early Tuesday morning, Dec 1st.

“Why ?” you ask.

Well, it’s because our “A Little More Les” tour is heading to WCIU-TV to join Melissa Forman and Dr. Laura Berman at 8AM on You & Me.

Hope you’ll HimNHer on You & Me.

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OK, We’re Gonna Try This Cyber Monday Thing …

This is new territory for us and, while we don’t want to sound like high pressure pitchmen, we do have something we’re kinda proud of (Our book about Les Paul, “A Little More Les”) and Cyber Monday gives us an opportunity to make it available at a reduced price and with free shipping for a limited amount of time.

"A Little More Les" cover

“A Little More Les” cover

So, here’s the deal …

Our publisher has given us the OK to offer a special Cyber Monday deal on our book about Les Paul, “A Little More Les.” You can only take advantage of this for 24 hours starting at 12 AM (Central Time) Monday.

Starting at 12 AM (Central Time) Monday you can purchase 1 copy for $20 or 2 copies for $30. Either way you’ll get FREE SHIPPING. Again, this pricing starts at 12 AM (Central Time) Monday and is only for 24 hours.

To order, just click this link.

Grammy winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Duane Eddy,  did the forward and the legendary Charlie Daniels along with some of the world’s greatest guitarists, including Tommy Emmanuel, Doyle Dykes, Muriel Anderson and Frank Vignola, were nice enough to add some thoughts about Les.  As we said at the top, we’re very proud of this project and put a lot of blood, sweat and love into writing a book we think you would enjoy reading.

Thanks for considering adding it to your collection.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe … Our Halloween Poem Has Returned!

Once again crawling out from the depths of Halloween’s past, it’s the return of our Halloween Poem.  It’s a fun “trick” to add to your bag of treats for your little people.

For the uninitiated, this is a poem which, in one form or another, we’ve been presenting on radio and the Internet for several decades.  Honestly, we don’t know the origin of the poem. A listener sent it to Steve many years ago in a galaxy far, far away in the days before him n her became HimNHer.  The positive response to the poem and the fun it can provide, particularly for kids, at a Halloween party resulted in it becoming one of our annual traditions.  And, as Steve’s Dad always said, “Tradition is a fine thing as long as it doesn’t become a habit.”

But, we digress …

OK, here is how it works.  If you’re having some young children over for Halloween, just get them in a dark room and read them this story of a young man who went to school to learn to be a first-class ghoul.  As you’re reading the story, in the dim light, you pass out items that are supposed to be body parts.  Johnnie has put together a list of things you can use to simulate the body parts.  To make the story even scarier, you can play the audio of Steve’s voice reading the poem.

Steve & Johnnie, "Children Of The Night."

Steve & Johnnie, “Children Of The Night.”

To read and hear the Halloween poem just click on this link.

We have to say a huge THANK YOU to Dave Marzullo, one of the hardest working SPIRITS at WGN Radio for jumping through more Internet hoops than you’ll ever know to make our Halloween poem and it’s audio available.

Even in this high-tech world, each year we hear from a lot of people telling stories of the fun they had with the kids and this old school Halloween poem.  Hopefully, you’ll be one of them.

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That Was The Week That Was!!

“That Was The Week That Was” was the title of a TV show that ran on CBS in the 60’s.  We hope they don’t mind us borrowing it to headline this post because it just seemed the most appropriate summary to a week spent with friends, old and new, as we pointed our “A Little More Les” book tour to locations far south of Chicago.  It wound up being a week of ups and … not so ups.

Who knew that, before the week was up, we’d be standing on the stage of the Musician’s Hall of Fame & Museum, in Nashville, holding the very guitar that Les Paul used while recording his Grammy winning album “Chester & Lester” with Chet Atkins.

Steve & Johnnie holding Les Paul's guitar at the Musician's Hall of Fame & Museum

Steve & Johnnie holding Les Paul’s guitar at the Musician’s Hall of Fame & Museum

But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  So, let’s rewind …

Our week started off with a Monday morning in-studio visit with Chris Lucky on Nashville’s Hippie Radio 94.5.  Chris couldn’t have been nicer and it was fun hanging out with him, sharing tales of all of our radio days (or should that be daze:-) as well as spreading the word about “A Little More Les“.

Steve & Johnnie with Chris Lucky at Nashville's "Hippy Radio 94.5"

Steve & Johnnie with Chris Lucky at Nashville’s “Hippie Radio 94.5”

Then, it was on to the Musician’s Hall of Fame & Museum where we met up with an old friend from one of our favorite groups, BR5-49, Jay McDowell.

Along with occasionally still making some great music with BR5-49, Jay is the Multimedia Curator for the Musician’s Hall of Fame & Museum.  What that means is that, among many other responsibilities, Jay gets to pick out all the cool stuff you’ll see at the museum.  And, we can absolutely testify, there is a LOT of very cool stuff.

We knew Jay was going to meet us, but we didn’t know that he was going to go out of his way to give us a personal 3 hour tour of the museum.  It began with a video introduction from our friend, Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Duane Eddy that expertly set the tone for what was to follow.  We’re not going to describe all of the things we saw here but, trust us, if you’re ever in Nashville, this is a MUST SEE adventure.

Jay was more than gracious with his time but, just before we were going to leave, he said there was one more thing he wanted us to do.  He stepped away, made a phone call, and told us to follow him to the Les Paul exhibit.

The Les Paul exhibit at the Musician's Hall of Fame & Museum.

The Les Paul exhibit at the Musician’s Hall of Fame & Museum.

When we got there, he unlocked the glass enclosure and removed the guitar that Les Paul used when recording the legendary “Chester & Lester” album with Chet Atkins.  Jay handed the guitar to us and insisted that we have our picture taken with it on the museum’s stage.

So, who were we to refuse….

Steve & Johnnie with Jay McDowell at the Musician's Hall of Fame & Museum

Steve & Johnnie with Jay McDowell at the Musician’s Hall of Fame & Museum

We can never thank Jay enough for going out of his way, being incredibly gracious and defining what true “Southern Hospitality” is all about.

After saying our goodbyes to Jay, it was off to meetings with some of our other Nashville contacts and friends.  Since he now resides in the “Nashburg” area, we had an almost close encounter of the Spike O’Dell kind but, due to some family commitments, Spike had to settle for a fun phone call and promise that the next time we’ll be in the same place at the same time.

But, the day wasn’t over…

Even with the highlights we’d already experienced, we saved one of the best for last.  Although we’re in constant contact with Duane and Deed Eddy, we don’t get to see them nearly enough and since the 4 of us were actually able to be in the same place at the same time, we decided to do just that.

We set the time, the place was Ted’s Montana Grill and, along with a great meal, a great time and conversation with good friends were served up.

Steve & Johnnie with Deed and Duane Eddy.

Steve & Johnnie with Deed and Duane Eddy.

We got an update on Duane’s upcoming album and some other things that we can’t share, just yet, but, suffice it to say that, you’re going to be hearing and seeing a lot more from Duane Eddy and that’s always a good thing.

Outside the restaurant we, again, thanked Duane for writing the forward to “A Little More Les” and, as Deed took the picture, Duane and Johnnie were smart enough not to cover up the title.

Duane & Johnnie being smart enough to not cover up our books title. This goes on Steve's perrmanent record.

Duane & Johnnie being smart enough to not cover up our books title. This goes on Steve’s perrmanent record.

After one of those long goodbyes that only happens with dear friends, we returned to our hotel room to rest up for Tuesday’s early morning adventure.

Radio geeks know that the rare 3 call letter “heritage” stations have a special place in broadcast history.  We’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of our career at one of those stations, WGN.  Throughout our careers we’ve both been fans of another of the legendary heritage stations, WSM.  The home of the Grand Ole Opry and many of the moments that made country music history just celebrated it’s 90th anniversary, so we were more than proud to be invited to join Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Famer Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos on Coffee, Country & Cody.

To say that Bill and Charlie are the consumate professionals short changes just how good they are.  They not only made us feel genuinely welcome in their studio but, immediately, put us at ease with their off air conversation.  No egos here, just genuinely nice people setting a standard that you’d expect from “The Legend” WSM.

Along with trading radio stories, on and off the air, and telling some of the behind the scenes stories from “A Little More Les” we shared a little rock & roll trivia and, in general, just had the kind of good time we hope to have the chance to repeat.

Steve & Johnnie with Bill Cody at WSM.

Steve & Johnnie with Bill Cody at WSM.

If you’d like to hear our conversation on WSM Radio’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” morning show, the podcast is now available. Just click this link.

Thank you Bill, Charlie, Duane, Deed, Jay, Chris and all of the other old and new friends we met in Nashville.  We’ll be back.

And, we have to interject a special “thank you” to one of Music City’s legendary announcers and a man we’re proud to count as a dear friend, Keith Bilbrey, for going out of his way to pave the way for our spending some quality time on 2 of Nashville’s great radio stations.

We started this missive by saying “That Was The Week That Was” and we’ve only covered the first couple of days.  Well, that’s because the second half of the week wasn’t nearly as much fun.

Long story short: The first couple of days proved that timing is everything because, by the 3rd day, Steve would not have been able to do the interviews.  By the time we arrived in Panama City Beach, a visit to the ER was in order and determined that a stone lodged in one of his salavary glands was the culprit.  An outpatient treatment plan is underway and, after a couple of weeks his doctor will determine if surgery is needed to fully fix the problem.

At this point, we’re optimistic, looking forward to being able to fullfill the appearances we have scheduled in a couple of weeks and looking back to some VERY fond memories as the week began.

To paraphrase a movie line “At least we’ll always have Nashville.”


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2015 Lexus LS 460 Video Road Test

Our latest Video Road Test, the 2015 Lexus LS 460, has just been posted on Consumer Guide Automotive’s Daily Drive website.  Just click on the link above to take it for a spin.

2015 Lexus LS 460

2015 Lexus LS 460

And don’t forget, if you want to check some of our previous road tests and some of the other goodies we’ve been pouring into the Daily Drive tank, just point your browser right here.

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Hangin’ with Dave Plier

We had an absolute ball back in the WGN Radio studios hangin’ with Dave Plier early this Sunday morning.

Steve & Johnnie with Dave Plier at WGN.

Steve & Johnnie with Dave Plier at WGN.

We relived some of our early radio days, shared some behind the scenes stories from “A Little More Les” and updated some of our upcoming event schedule.  Of course, every now and then we’d have to pause, take a breath and make sure we weren’t having too much fun.

But, we did anyway.

In case you missed it, the entire podcast is now posted.

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Updated Celiac Disease & Gluten Free Information Post

While doing a little housecleaning around here, I noticed that, due to the passage of time, some of what I’d originally written in a lengthy post titled “Celiac Disease & Gluten Free Information” was no longer correct.  Store closings, store openings, major chains and manufacturers now serving the Celiac community were just some of the things that needed to be updated in that post.

So, they have been.

If you are newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease or just interested in finding out more about going Gluten-Free or if you haven’t checked out that page for a while, just point your browser here.

And, as always, if you have any additions we should make to that post or questions, just let us know.


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