Appearances on Big D & Bubba, Grand Ole Opry, Golf Talk America; Feature in Country Weekly
On Veterans Day—Tuesday, Nov. 11—CMT Pure and CMT.com will present the exclusive world television premiere of Bill Anderson’s heart-wrenching new music video, “Old Army Hat” across CMT Pure, CMT.com and the CMT Artists app. CMT Pure will debut at9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Eastern time and the video will be available at BillAnderson.CMT.com.
In addition to the visibility on CMT, Anderson will make an appearance on Big D & Bubba’s syndicated radio show on Nov. 11 to talk about “Old Army Hat.” This week’s issue of Country Weekly includedAnderson in their “Behind The Song” feature. He will perform the song on Veteran’s Day at the Grand Ole Opry. As well as an interview on Golf Talk America with Laura Bryna that is syndicated and available on Veteran’s Day at 9am – 11pm at http://cwired.co/BA14GTA. Anderson will also perform “Old Army Hat” for the students at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy at 1:30 p.m. for their Veteran’s Day Celebration.
Anderson, whose half-century of songwriting hits range from “City Lights” to “Whiskey Lullaby” and “Give It Away,” wrote and recorded “Old Army Hat” after hearing about a visit 91-year-old Army veteran Ed Haley made to the World War II memorial in Washington, D. C.
As was his usual, Haley wore his Army hat for the occasion—and that’s where the drama the song and video chronicle starts. The last scene will have you reaching for the Kleenex.
Still touring, recording and starring on the Grand Ole Opry, the eternally youthful Anderson is famous for the emotional intensity he brings to his songs. His intimate and confiding vocal style has yielded him seven No. 1 and 29 Top 10 singles—and it continues to serve him magnificently in “Old Army Hat.”
“That ‘greatest generation’ of soldiers is passing away quickly now,” Anderson observes. “We need to keep their memory alive—not for nostalgia’s sake—but as a reminder of what America can achieve at its best. And, believe me, Ed Haley was one of the best. His love of country and sense of duty have never faltered.”
Anderson is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“Old Army Hat” is from Anderson’s current Sony/RED album, Life!