On June 12th, Tommy was seriously injured in a car. He will be unable to play or earn money this summer. He’s had a pretty rough road here lately so let’s help our good friend up and out of this hole that life’s put him in. God bless everybody everywhere, especially Tommy.
Well, it’s semi-official. I’m going cut a new record in August. I talked with Brad Jones Friday about producing it. Government Cheese had such a great time doing our record with him that I wanted to just stick with him for this go ‘round. It’ll be the fifth album I’ve cut with Brad at Alex the Great studios in Berry Hill.
Exactly how I’m going to PAY for this I’m not quite sure yet, but I have a feeling God will provide. I feel a little skittish doing a crowd-funding campaign right now, since people have so recently been so generous to me in the fundraising this last two weeks to cover my medical expenses and lost income in the wake of my wreck. Even though it wasn’t ME who spearheaded that venture, it might look different to Joe Public; hence my reticence.
However, Will Kimbrough thinks this would be the PERFECT time to do a fundraising. He pointed out that, regardless of how it happened, my visibility is high right now, and I should strike while the iron is hot. I take Kimbrough’s advice seriously; he’s smarter than I am. So I’ll soon see what feels like the right thing to do money-wise.
I gave Brad demos of twenty songs and when we talked Friday we earmarked eight or nine of those as winners that would fit together well. I’ve got all July to play them and sing them over and over and become proficient at them. (Although I’ve been playing several of them live already.) I’ll also use this coming month to try and write some more stuff, more melodic and poppy stuff, since I already have a lot of rustic three-chord folk songs.
The reason I’ve picked August is because I will have no gigs and may even still be in a wheelchair. I don’t have any gigs on the books ‘til September – my calendar was wiped clean in the wake of the accident – so by August my body, brain and soul will be screaming to play some music. It should make for some good energy.
Wreck? Accident? What’s he talking about? Okay, if you’re one of the one or two percent who surf my page but don’t know yet, I pulled in front of a tractor-trailer truck Friday June 12th. It was a country crossroads near the I-65 on-ramp not far from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Best as I can reckon, I just had it in my head that the intersection was a four-way stop. I hardly thought a thing about it, and certainly didn’t consider that cross traffic didn’t have to stop. I THINK this is what I did: I looked to my right, looked to my left, looked forward, and pulled into the intersection, by which time the truck to my right was barreling through and t-boned me. He hit my passenger side and that half of the car was demolished. I was spun around and wound up on the other side of the intersection where I wanted to be in the first place. The windshield and passenger side windows were shattered, the air bags had deployed and, in the sudden stillness, with only the sound of steam escaping, I was left thinking, what just happened?
My driver’s side door opened with no problem. There were several cars from all angles already pulled over and a gentleman was coming over to check on me. I made it about a step outside of the car before I nearly collapsed to the pavement, and would have if this gentleman had not caught me on the way down and supported me on one side. My right hip and leg was unable to take my weight. My torso was sore, I knew right away that I was pretty banged up. Several cars were pulled over by now and he led me to the nearest one. Soon enough, an ambulance came; I was rushed to the ER and thus began the whole mélange of aftermath and convalescence.
My pelvis has four cracks in it. Two of my lower vertebrae and my sacral bone are cracked. I have a huge hematoma/gash/bruise below my left knee, and my chest, ribs and sternum are very, very sore. I can’t walk without assistance and have a lot of difficulty going from lying down to sitting up.
I’m very very lucky. If the truck had hit me in the driver’s side, I’d be dead now. As it is, my injuries could also be way more profound. I was told that there have been multiple fatalities at that intersection, and that local residents have been petitioning the state for years to install a traffic light there.
Another way I’m very lucky is, that if an accident like this had to happen, I’m really glad I had it now. Thirty years of driving to gigs, no accident ever; now it happens. It happened when there wasn’t a Jack Daniel’s bottle rolling around in the floorboard, no joint in the ashtray, no nothing. In the ER, a technician took my blood. I could tell what she was doing, she wasn’t starting an IV, she was just… taking my blood! For inspection! Go ahead, I thought, take my blood! I’m very lucky. Nobody else was hurt and there are no legal ramifications. It could all have gone so much worse.
So aside from practicing my new songs (and seeing if I can sing right now with my chest hurting like it is) and trying to get some writing done, I’m kinda down for the count. Shoot me an email, come visit. I’ve been on the receiving end of so much love and generosity the last two weeks and I might spend the rest of my life thanking everybody who has been so nice. Folks ARE nice, by the way. Most of ‘em!
Tommy Womack‘s Friday Happiness Hour on East Nashville Radio, Fridays at 10 AM Central with replays at 1, 4, 7 & 10 PM, brought to you by Cherry-Flovered Ipecac. Tastes as good coming back up as it did going down!
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This week, enjoy…
Eilen Jewell – Rio Grande
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – It’s All Going to Pot
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – You Can’t Say
We Didn’t Try
Carole King & James Taylor – Blossom
Webb Wilder - Devil’s Right Hand
The Rolling Stones – Live With Me (Live 1971)
Sam Baker – Ditch
Scott Miller w/ Patty Griffin – I’m Right Here My Love
Sheila Lawrence - Barren River
Robert Johnson – 32-20 Blues
Robbie Fulks – Let’s Kill Saturday Night
Phil Madeira - God on the Rocks
Ben Reel - Lucky Streak
Audrey Hepburn – Moon River
The Whole Enchilada – Rex Bob Lowenstein
Iris DeMent – Our Town
Tommy Womack‘s Friday Happiness Hour on East Nashville Radio. Fridays at 10 AM CDT, with replays at 1, 4, 7 & 10 PM. Sponsored by Suppositone – the only subwoofer system worn rectally. Listen here: eastnashvilleradio.com
Randy Newman – Political Science
Peter Cooper - Much Better Now
Hayes Carll – Easy Come Easy Go
Jonathan Rundman - Northbound Traffic
Howlin’ Wolf – Sitting on Top of the World
Paul Thorn - Burn Down the Trailer Park
R.E.M. – Strange
Prince – How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
Leftover Salmon – Get Up and Go
Richard and Linda Thompson - Walking On a Wire
Kimberly Kay Richey - A Place Called Home
Gretchen Peters - Nashville
Robbie Fulks – Fuck This Town
Leonard Cohen – Tower of Song
Sam Lewis Tunes - 3/4 Time
Ben Bullington – Lone Pine
Darrell Scott – Country Music, I’m Talking to You
The Sonics - I Got Your Number
The Rolling Stones – Little By Little
Sarah Potenza & Hannah Kirby – Gimme Shelter (The Voice Performance)
Gurf Morlix - Bang Bang Bang
Ray Wiley Hubbard – Chick Singer, Badass Rockin’
Allison Moorer – Like It Used to Be
The Bluefields – You Never Knew My Name
Dwight Yoakam – The Big Time
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind
Liz Longley – Memphis
Etta James – I Just Want to Make Love to You
Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man
The Wild Ponies - Trouble Looks Good on You
George Carlin – Muhammad Ali
Tommy Womack‘s Friday Happiness Hour on East Nashville Radio, 50th show! Brought to you by Cherry-Flavor Ipecac. (Tastes as good coming back up as it did going down!) Show airs Friday at 10 AM Central Time with replays at 1, 4, 7 & 10 PM. Listen here: eastnashvilleradio.com
This week, enjoy…
Warner Hodges - Gunslinger
Allison Moorer – Like It Used to Be
The Band with the Staple Singers – The Weight
Billie Holiday – Georgia On My mind
The Mavericks – All Night Long
The MC5 – The American Ruse
Michael Supe Granda - I Married a Cubs Fan
Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
John Moreland – High on Tulsa Heat
Lisa Oliver-Gray - Adam’s Rib
Government Cheese - Rolling in Your Grave
Lilly Hiatt - Get This Right
Mudcrutch – Crystal River
Bob Dylan & The Band – Highway 61 Revisited (Live at the isle of Wight)