She’s got a crush on me

The Shoals area has produced a lot of great music since Rick Hall and many others started chasing their dreams. However, none other have affected me quite as deeply as the songs of Donnie Fritts. Growing up on a mainline of punk rock I didn’t begin to discover the great beauty of my hometown till I moved off to Orlando, Fl playing in the sleaze rocking Studdogs. Through a gift from my Grandad (which was always a crap shoot. You never even knew what gender he thought you were) I discovered Dr. John and Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson quickly became a great love of mine and one name kept popping up, Donnie Fritts. One Christmas I bought my brother the Live at the Philharmonic record. A few days later he calls me and says, “Did you know Donnie Fritts is from Muscle Shoals??” I did not. I was blown away. This started my first real interest in the music of my hometown. Paying close attention to the songs cowritten by Fritts on these Kristofferson records. I moved home, started hitting the gym and drinking less. I noticed this fella at the YMCA that would walk around the track in his cowboy hat. One day my friend Andy Frith said to me, “Holy crap! I saw Donnie Fritts at the Y on a workout machine in his cowboy hat!!” My jaw dropped. I’d been in the same room with him…many times. I eventually got to meet him and even interview him which I hope to post on here some day. We became somewhat of friends. I’ve been to his house for piano lessons. He’s one of the most kind and giving spirits I’ve ever met. He readily agreed to play on my record and here we are…