June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

Hi Gang:

And greetings from Music City…or is it Hockey Town?…U.S.A.

All I know is with the annual CMA Music Fest right around the corner and our Nashville Predators hockey team playing in the Stanley Cup finals, I’d hate to be trying to book a hotel room in town right about now. This place is crazy!

Here in suburban Whisperville, though, things aren’t quite so hectic. We had a great trip to Texas in late May, and I want to thank all you folks who came out to see our shows down there. The fans in Texas are great…not to mention the chicken fried steak and the Mexican food! I love traveling to the Lone Star state.

Before we left on our trip, however, we were hit with the news that the 45-year old son of my assistant, Judy Price, had been severely injured in an automobile accident in eastern Kentucky where he lives. He had to be life-flighted to a nearby hospital where he remained in a coma for several days. His 16-year old daughter, who was traveling with him, had to have her spleen removed and surgery to repair a shattered ankle. Both are recovering well, but Judy and her family would appreciate your prayers. She has had to be out of the office quite a bit since the accident. If we’ve fallen behind on anything…like shipping a merchandise order to you…please be patient and understand that we’ll get to it as soon as we can.

I spent an interesting day with my manager, Lee Willard, and his camera last week, photographing all my old rhinestone stage costumes that have survived the miles and the years. I still have all or part of 39 outfits, most of them made by the legendary tailor, Nudie Cohen, back in the sixties. I have loaned suits to various museums and exhibits over the years, some have mysteriously disappeared, and a few of the old band outfits have been sold to other musicians or collectors. I’m not sure just what I’ll do with the ones that are left (I won’t be wearing them unless I lose a whole bunch of weight!), but now at least we have a photographic inventory of what we have on hand. It was a fun day remembering the places and times associated with each costume.

Thanks for all your nice comments about the song, “Dying To See Her,” which I co-wrote and recorded with Brad Paisley. Many of you have said you can relate to the song through various friends and family members. I got a letter last week telling me it was played at a loved one’s funeral. It’s a sad song in a way but one with a hopeful message. I’m glad to know that you like it. Charley Pride has a new album coming out July 7th with an old song of mine called “You Lied To Me” included. The video I filmed with Dailey & Vincent, “That Feel Good Music,” continues to make the rounds (somebody called us the modern-day Three Stooges the other day!), and I’m working on recording some new Bill Anderson music as well. Stay tuned.

We’ll be traveling out to Branson this month for an appearance on the 23rd with our buddy, Moe Bandy, at the Welk Theater. On the way home, we’ll stop by Oakland City, Indiana, for a show June 24th, and I’ll be joining Bobby Bare, Buddy Cannon, and Bobby Tomberlln for a songwriters’ round at the famed Bluebird Cafe on June 29th. Our Opry dates for June include June 3rd, 4th, 6th, 20th, 27th, and 30th.

I won’t be taking part in the CMA Music Fest this year to the extent that I have in the past. I have been to every such gathering since its inception in 1972, other than 1985 when I was in the hospital. This year I had to reschedule a vacation that was originally set for October of last year. Two absences in 45-years isn’t too bad, is it? Thanks for understanding.

As you are reading this, my grandson, Gabe, should be returning from the Stanford University Medical Center in California, where we’re hoping the doctors were able to come up with some new ideas as to how to treat his cancer. Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers, and as soon as we know anything, I’ll pass it along.

Have a great month, and I’ll look forward to visiting with you here again in July. Thanks for everything you continue to do for me, my music, and my career. You are THE best!