November 7, 2016

Hi Folks:

Sorry to be a bit late with our November newsletter, but things have been happening so fast and furious that I haven’t had time to slow down and write to you. Even now I’m wondering where to start.

I guess I should begin by thanking you for all the cards, letters, e-mails, Facebook posts, and text messages you sent wishing me a Happy Birthday on Nov. 1st. It’s so special that so many of you continue to remember me year after year….”another Bill that came on the first of the month,” as my mom used to say.

I had a super day. My daughters, Terri and Jenni, took me to lunch, and I got to take my son, Jamey, with me to the BMI Songwriter Awards dinner that night. Even though I wasn’t up for an award, what a fun night we had. Jamey had never been to a BMI Dinner, and I think he really enjoyed it. He walked along beside me down the red carpet, met a lot of my friends and fellow artists, and marveled at the tribute show to Kenny Chesney. We definitely made a few lasting memories that evening.

I spent most of the next day downtown at the Bridgestone Arena rehearsing, hanging out, walking another red carpet, and enjoying myself at the CMA Awards. Why I had to rehearse my big line, “CARRIE UNDERWOOD!”, I’ll never know, but, judging from your response, lots of you must have seen it. I’m glad you didn’t blink!

Brad Paisley told me while I was there that a new song he and I wrote together is definitely going to be part of his upcoming CD in February. I can’t tell you much about it yet, but I have high hopes for it. I’ll tell you more as the time approaches.

This month is going to be full of highlights for me. On Wednesday the 16th I’ll be sitting in with my buddy, Eddie Stubbs, on his WSM radio show, where he’ll be talking with me about my book, my audiobook, and the bonus CD of new music inside the audiobook. I love spending time with Eddie, and I hope lots of you will be tuned in that night. On Nov. 27th I’ll be flying to New York for several days of book promotion, including an appearance on the morning of the 28th on Fox & Friends, the popular talk show on the Fox News Network.

Road dates in November include Richmond, Virginia on the 12th and Marion, Virginia, on the 13th. We’ll be on the Opry at the Ryman Nov. 18th and 19th, and taking part in a Jean Shepard Tribute Show at the Nashville Palace on the 20th.

From the personal corner of my world, I want to brag on Jamey and share with you that he has been hired to be a pilot for Delta Air Lines effective the first of next year. He flew planes with the Delta logo on them several years ago, but he was actually employed by a regional carrier called Atlantic Southeast Airlines. This time he will be working for mainline Delta itself, and it’s the culmination of his lifelong dream. I have been lucky enough to live my dream, and now he’ll be living his. I couldn’t be more excited for him or prouder of him.

I guess that’s about it for now…I’m running out of space and time. Thanks for everything, Happy Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you back here in December.