Happy New Year!
And welcome to our first fan club letter of 2018. I hope everybody had a great holiday season and that you’re ready to roar full-speed ahead into this shiny new year.
I had a quiet but very nice Christmas. I spent Christmas Eve with Jamey and his family at the candlelight service at their church, then went to their house for dinner and the exchanging of gifts. Christmas Day I went to my daughter, Jenni’s, house and enjoyed time with her and the kids. Terri felt good enough to come over (first time she had driven since September!) so that made things extra nice.
New Year’s Eve was our big show in Branson, and I want to thank those of you who braved the cold to come be with us. I hadn’t sung in a couple of weeks and hadn’t done a concert since October, so my voice was a bit iffy. I appreciate y’all putting up with my cough and frequent water breaks. That’s what I get for taking too much time off!
I got home New Year’s Day only to discover I didn’t have any black-eyed peas in the house. Where I come from, you eat those on January 1st for good luck in the upcoming year. My mama was probably turning over in her grave as I substituted pork ‘n beans, but I had some good luck anyhow. Both my Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Titan football teams won big games. Maybe black-eyed peas are overrated!
I’m pretty excited about 2018. I told you in our last newsletter that I have written a song for my friend, Vickie, who is battling cancer, and we filmed a simple little video on it just before Christmas. It’s nothing big and fancy, but I didn’t want it to be. I just wanted to share the message in hopes that it might encourage other people as it has Vickie. She actually appears in the video with me looking pretty as an angel. We’ll be posting it for you to see sometime later this month.
We will soon be releasing the acoustical CD that was part of my audiobook…plus an accompanying instrumental CD with lyrics to all the songs…and we’re putting it out in an unusual way. We’re going to offer the package with your choice of three different covers. I’ll just tease you with that tiny bit of information for now, then hopefully next month I can show you exactly what I’m talking about. My manager, Lee Willard, came up with the concept, and he’s been putting a lot of work into it. I think you’ll like it.
On another note: Many of you may not know that we offer our complete newsletter each month in a hard-copy printed version for fans who might not have computer access. If you know of someone who might like to receive our letters by mail each month, it’s only $15 per calendar year to cover postage. You can send a check (or have them send one) payable to the Bill Anderson Fan Club, P.O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076 and we’ll add them to our mailing list.
Thanks for continuing to be so supportive of me, my music, and my family. Here’s hoping 2018 will be the best year ever for you and for us. Even without the black-eyed peas!