It’s newsletter time again here in hot, dry Whisperville, U.S.A. Thanks for being a part of our fan club family.
If you’ve read my latest online Journal at www.billanderson.com, you know about the passing of Jimmy “Meatball” Bell, the fiddle player in my high school band, The Avondale Playboys. I thought you might enjoy seeing a picture of that original band alongside a picture of the Playboys taken just a few months ago. Scroll down to see those pictures along with some others that have come in this month. We always appreciate your sharing your photos with us.
Many of you have written to comment on my singing one of the songs I wrote for Kitty Wells recently on the Opry. And you’ve wanted to know if I’ve ever recorded it myself. The answer is yes, but it has not yet been released.
The song, “We Missed You,” which was a top ten hit for Miss Kitty in the early sixties, is part of a Kitty Wells tribute album that my friend, Tracy Pitcox, is putting together for his Heart Of Texas record label. He started the project several months before Kitty’s passing, and asked me to be part of it then, along with such greats as Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Wanda Jackson, and others. I spoke with Tracy at Kitty’s funeral, and he’s trying to put the finishing touches on the project now. Hopefully, it will be released later this year.
After travelling over 12,000 miles in late June and early July, August is not going to be a busy month for us out on the road. We will be appearing, however, seven times on the Grand Ole Opry, taping a Christmas special for Larry’s Country Diner, and taking our Family Reunion Road Show a couple of hours down the road to Huntingdon, Tennessee, on August 18th. Jan Howard, Jimmy Fortune, and Buck Trent will all be part of that show, and I imagine a surprise guest or two might just pop in. The Dixie Carter Center is one of the great smaller venues I’ve ever performed in, and I’m really looking forward to going back.
I’ve been writing quite a few songs lately, and plans are for at least a couple of them to be recorded this month. Willie Nelson recently recorded one of my old tunes, and Clint Black just cut one that he, Bob DiPiero, and I wrote following our overseas trip together earlier this year. He had us out to his house to listen to it a few days ago. He might not want me giving away the title, but it sure sounds like a hit to me. I’ll let you know when to be listening for it. Also, remember this name: Mo Pitney. He’s a new artist recording his first sessions for Curb Records this month. That’s all I’m going to tell you for now…but remember the name. I think you’re going to be hearing it quite often in the weeks, months, and years to come.
Before I sign off, I want to make sure you know that we’ve recently been able to reduce the price on our box set, “The First Ten Years,” from $149.99 to $125.00. If you haven’t ordered your autographed copy, for yourself or for a friend. right now might be a good time to do so.
Have a good rest of the summer, and if you get any cool breezes or some rain where you live, feel free to send it on down to Nashville. Thanks for continuing to be so supportive of me and my career. I’ll see you right back here again in September.