The Outlaw Steve Corbett ink splotch

Hello Ma Part 2

August 23, 2021

Sopping up a puddle of spilled beer with a week-old rag, the young bartender heard a gravelly voice and thought the customer had lost his mind. Skeeter sat on his barstool repeating his name over and over. “Skeeter Dillon. My name is Skeeter Dillon. Hi, I’m Skeeter Dillon. Skeeter Dillon’s my name. Outlaw country music’s […]

Hello Ma

August 20, 2021

Skeeter sat in his tow truck and wrote the lyrics to a country song on a ketchup-stained Bunny Burger wrapper from the Red Rabbit Drive In. Titled, “Hello Ma,” Skeeter knew the tune would hit the charts. Singing softly to himself in a voice that sounded like rust looks, he put the finishing touches on […]

Playing Chicken

August 19, 2021

Playing Chicken John ate chicken wings until his heart blew up at the best table in the American legion. Pouring Pabst draft beer down his gullet that night as fast as sea water must have rushed into the Titanic, he only took a breath to shove one spicy morsel after another into his mouth until […]

Pee Soup

August 17, 2021

At his end of his retirement party, Shorty stood onstage at the microphone and tried to be funny. No, he said, I’m not giving away my stock portfolio. The crowd roared its appreciation. Samantha and Jason, his children, clapped the loudest. Soon they would run their father’s pea soup empire. Soon they would know the […]

A Letter To Shamus’ Namesake

August 8, 2021

Dear Seamus, My father “Shamus” Corbett, your great-grandfather’s brother and the man after whom you are named, lived during a changing time. Born in 1919, he experienced untold advances in the world before he died in 1997 at age 78. Shamus knew, as the proverb teaches, that “time and tide wait for no man.” He […]

The Outlaw Steve Corbett ink splotch