Jack Frost is nipping at our noses in Tennessee. It’s that time of year again, when most of all of us get an extra day off and ponder why the heck we’re all here and what it’s all about. Some of us may even exchange gifts. Some of us will watch an excited child rip wrapping off a box while we’re cradling a cup of coffee and trying to wake the heck up.

SPEAKING of coffee, my favorite barista manager and long-time stage cohort LISA OLIVER GRAY has her debut CD out, called “Dedicated to Love” and it’s a beautiful tuneful stocking-stuffer if ever there was one. It was produced by MICHAEL WEBB “with” me, and the backing band is basically DADDY, so you can’t go wrong. Like any good Christmas tree, it’s got a star on top and a big solid bottom. You can get it here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lisaolivergray

In Nashville, this is tribute season. The gigs have slowed down for the holidays and so we invent our own gigs paying tribute to this great artist or that great artist. In December, I’ll be paying tribute to THE KINKS with Bill Lloyd at The Family Wash Dec. 2nd, TOM WAITS at The 5 Spot (Benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank) and JOHN LENNON (Benefit for the Coalition to End Gun Violence) at The Mercy Lounge both Dec. 9th (I’ll be burning rubber that night.) and THE CLASH at The Basement Dec. 22nd. I’ll be at the annual Jambodians benefit in Bowling Green, KY Dec. 27th. My final performance of 2011 is back at The Family Wash on Dec. 29th with Tommy Womack & the RUSH TO JUDGMENT joined by Richard Dobson. He’s been called the “Hemingway of country music,” by Nanci Griffith.

So from all of me to all of you, I wish you the safest, happiest, sturdiest, freshest, crispiest of Holiday Seasons. Think Indie, Act Globally.