I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July and that you’re ready to put ye olde noses back to ye olde grindstones!
It rained in Nashville over the holiday, so I didn’t try to get my boat out on the lake like I had hoped to do. Just hung around with friends and family and ate myself silly.
As you can see from one of our attached pictures I renewed my songwriting contract with Sony-ATV Publishing last week for the twelfth consecutive year. I know you guys don’t care who publishes our songs, but we do, and the Sony folks have made their offices feel like a second home to me. They’ve even got a “Whispers” room that I can use anytime for writing songs, doing business, or just hanging out. I’m glad that they want me back for at least one more year.
I don’t have a picture of the actual award yet, but I learned a few days ago that the TV infomercial I did with Donna Dean Stevens advertising for sale the old Jimmy Dean television shows has won a Telly Award. This is the top award given in this particular field, so I’m thrilled and honored. Jimmy was such a dear friend, as is Donna, and this award means a lot to me. Hopefully, I can show you a picture in our next newsletter.
It’s been several years since I have performed a concert on New Years’ Eve, but it looks like I’m going to break that streak this year. I have been invited to host a special show on the last night of 2017 in Branson, Missouri, at the Welk Resort Theater. Billed as “Bill Anderson & Friends,” my guests will include Moe Bandy, Jeannie Seely, T. G. Shepherd, Janie Fricke, plus Moore & Moore. It’s designed to be a “family style” evening with a 7 p.m. starting time and ending long before midnight. We don’t want our fans out on the roads with all the crazies. You can be safely back in your homes or hotel rooms long before the bewitching hour.
Sound like fun? There’s more information later in the newsletter, and a way for you to save big on your tickets by ordering early. I hope lots of you will come be with us.
Our live shows this month include Montgomery, Alabama, on July 14th with Gene Watson; the fair in Batesville, Arkansas, on the 22nd; and the Opry on July 7th, 8th, 12th, 15th (my 56th Opry anniversary), 18th, and 29th. I’ll be in the recording studio July 19th and 20th finishing up some new tunes you’ll be hearing about soon.
From the personal corner of my world, my former boss man at WJJC Radio in Commerce, Georgia, Grady Cooper, passed away recently at the age of 93. He was a wonderful boss and, in later years, an even better friend. He will definitely be missed. My assistant, Judy Price’s son, Kent, is making a lot of progress as he continues to recover from his recent automobile accident, and my grandson, Gabe, is adjusting to the new medicines prescribed by the cancer doctors at Stanford Medical in California. I hope you’ll continue to keep Kent and Gabe in your prayers.
I’ll try and leave you with a smile. I heard the other day about a lady who said, “Every time I am singing a song with the radio, I think it’s funny that the artist always gets the words wrong.”
We’ll try to do better, I promise. Thanks and my best to you all…
“Bill Anderson & Friends” starring Bill Anderson, Moe Bandy, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Jeannie Seely and Moore & Moore.
Sunday December 31, 2017 – 7:00pm
Welk Resort Theatre
1984 State Highway 165
Branson, MO 65616
All of the stars will be signing autographs and taking pictures after the show.
Pre-Sale: Wednesday July 12, 2017 – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Pre-Sale password: CELEBRATE
Tickets are $50, $70 and $100 + tax. The $100 tickets are the first five rows in the center section, and during the special Pre-Sale those tickets are only $50. You must mention your password CELEBRATE when you call the box office on July 12 to receive this huge discount. The box office number is (417) 337-7469. Tickets go on-sale to the public at the regular price on July 13. For more information about the show visit. www.celebratebranson.com or www.upcloseconcerts.com.