1) Will the song, “I Wonder If God Likes Country Music” you have sung with John Conlee ever be available to purchase on Amazon Music?
No. John and I only sang this on Country’s Family Reunion. But I recorded the song with Roy Acuff many years ago, and it’s available on my “Nothin’ But Hits” CD which you can order from our website at www.billanderson.com.
2) You have to be the best dresser in country music. Do you do your own shopping? If you do, you have excellent taste.
Well, thank you very much. I do most of my own shopping, but I will confess to having leaned on my friend, Vickie, quite a bit before she passed away. She was the head tailor at Nashville’s top men’s store, and she was always up-to-date on the latest fashions. At the same time, I’m always on the lookout for things that are just a bit different and things that I feel comfortable wearing.
3) What company made your black acoustic guitar that is loaded with pearl inlay? And do you still play your Martin and if not, why?
The black guitar was not made by a company as such, but was created as a one-of-a-kind model by a Japanese designer named Max Yasuda. He made unique custom guitars for several of the Opry artists.I haven’t played my Martin onstage for several years, but only because I haven’t wanted to take it out and risk having it damaged in some way. I imagine, though, that it will be a big part of my display at the Country Music Hall of Fame when that opens, hopefully later this year.
4) In an effort to get to more of your questions, I am combining several here that only require short answers: When you play the Grand Ole Opry, do you use your band or the Opry staff band? How old were you when you started singing country music? What do your three children do for a living? What would you be if you were not a country singer?
I use my own band, but Jimmy Capps, from the Opry staff band, quite often plays along with us. I was 15-years old the first time I sang in public. My oldest daughter, Terri, works for the Federal Bankruptcy Court and has for 30-years. My daughter, Jenni, is a registered nurse, and my son, Jamey, is an airline pilot. What would I be if not a country singer? Unhappy, that’s what. No, I would have been in radio or television or maybe a newspaper or magazine writer. I would have been in some occupation where I could use my creativity and interact with the public, both of which I love.
Thanks for your questions, and keep ’em coming in. You’ve got lots of time to get them to me now. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail to P. O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. See you back here next time.