(December 2000) As a well-decorated tree sparkled onstage, last night’s Grand Ole Opry became something like Christmas morning for 28-year-old country singer Brad Paisley. In a moment both emotional and surreal, three of Paisley’s heroes invited him to become the Opry’s newest member. The surreal part of the equation came courtesy of Jimmy Dickens and […]
Bill pauses and smiles inside the Opryland Hotel at the statue of his longtime friend and record producer, Owen Bradley. Owen, who died in 1998, produced all of Bill’s early recordings including “Still,” “Mama Sang A Song,” “Po’ Folks” and “The Tips Of My Fingers.”
Bill welcomed longtime NBC weatherman Willard Scott and popular radio & TV host Ralph Emery to the set of Opry Backstage. Scott and Emery each served as guest announcers on the Grand Ole Opry in conjunction with the Opry’s 75th Anniversary celebration.
Bill received two Citations of Achievement from Broadcast Music, Incorporated (BMI) at their annual country music awards banquet held in Nashville October 3, 2000. The awards were for his compositions “Two Teardrops”, co-written with Steve Wariner, and “Wish You Were Here”, co-written with Debbie Moore and Skip Ewing. Bill is shown here following the awards […]