Bill Anderson appears in THE CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES EXPANDING TO THE U.K. AND IRELAND IN FEBRUARY 2012
The Country Music Association’s very popular CMA Songwriters Series is coming to the U.K. and Ireland for the first time with special performances in February 2012 scheduled for London, Belfast, and Dublin, CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore announced today. The international tour will be known as CMA & BMI Present the CMA Songwriter Series.
“The CMA Songwriter Series began in 2005 in New York and has expanded to cities across the United States including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Washington D.C.,” Moore said. “The popularity of our music overseas and the appreciation the audience in the U.K. has for our songwriters made this a good fit and an opportune time to travel the series abroad. And it is terrific to have BMI as a partner in this exciting initiative.”
The CMA Songwriters Series showcases the best of Nashville’s mega-hit songwriters and songwriter artists. The series features successful songwriters and artists from Nashville, who line up on stage and, with guitar in-hand, take turns telling the stories behind their hit songs and performing them in the raw as originally written.
Songwriters participating in the CMA & BMI Present the CMA Songwriter Series include Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, former CMA Male Vocalist of the YearClint Black, and host Bob DiPiero.
Anderson is one of the most awarded songwriters in the history of Country Music, a million-selling recording artist many times over, a former television game show host, network soap opera star, spokesman for a nationwide restaurant chain, a consummate onstage performer, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, a 50+-year member of the Grand Ole Opry, and a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.
Recent Country hits written by Anderson include “Whiskey Lullaby” (performed by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss), which won CMA Song of the Year in 2005; and “Give It Away” (performed by George Strait), which won CMA Song of the Year in 2007. He’s known as “Whispering Bill,” a nickname acquired years ago as a result of his breathy voice and his warm, soft approach to singing a Country song.
“I think it’s great,” Anderson said of the Series traveling to the U.K. and Ireland. “I’ve toured there several times as an artist, and have always been amazed at the fans’ depth of knowledge