I first met John Thomas Griffith at a club called Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2011. At that point I had been working with the band for only a month or so. We hung out before the show so I could interview him for content for social media and their website. This also became a get-to-know you session. Among other things, I talked about our son, Max, who is a special needs child, and how he plays in a baseball league for kids with special needs called The Miracle League of the Triangle.
John Thomas said, “Wait here a second.” And he left the room. He came back holding a small, wooden bat. A big baseball fan, John Thomas had just taken a tour of the Louisville Slugger factory and got a mini-bat as a souvenir.
He said, “I want Max to have this.”
During the show that night he introduced “Everybody Loves Jill” by saying, “He isn't here tonight, but his parents are. This is for a kid named Max who likes the color red.”
There are a number of egotistical, high-maintenance people in the music business. John Thomas Griffith is not one of them. He and the rest of the Cowboy Mouth organization have class and heart.
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