Country Music Hall of Fame singer Bill Anderson will return to his “adopted” hometown of Commerce on Nov. 16 when he appears on stage with Joey+Rory and T. Graham Brown.
The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bill Anderson Performing Arts Center at Commerce High School. All proceeds will benefit the Bill Anderson Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded to one student each year during the school’s Honors Day Program and is based on scholastic interests and financial needs.
“We are planning to present this year’s benefit as an in-the-round style of singer/songwriter show, similar to what the Bluebird Cafe has made nationally famous in Nashville,” said Anderson, who is known by fans as Whisperin’ Bill.
“I truly believe that it will be a very, very special event for everyone.”
Anderson, who turns 86 on Nov. 1, has a career filled with hit country songs and is highly regarded as a songwriter. He was born in Columbia, S.C., but was raised in Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism.
Joey+Rory has a weekly series on the network RFD-TV, in addition to a radio show that airs every Saturday night preceding the Grand Ole Opry on WSM. Together, Roy Feek and his wife of 10 years, Joey Feek, have written four No. 1 hits for major artists, but after a decade of writing songs for others, they are now penning songs for themselves. They debut a new album, “Made to Last,” later this year.
T. Graham Brown, who started his career by singing demos and doing commercial jingles for such companies as Kraft, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, signed his first recording contract in 1984 with Capitol/EMI.
Brown sang in bars in Athens in the 1970s and carved out his own unique niche with such hits as “Hell and High Water” and “Wine Into Water.”
Tickets are on sale at WJJC Radio: www.wjjc.net, (706) 335-3155 or at the downtown Commerce branch of Community Bank and Trust.