The years 1982-1992 could be called the “Lost Years” of Bill Anderson’s musical career. His long run with MCA Records had just came to an end, and he was still a decade away from Steve Wariner’s successful cover of “The Tips Of My Fingers,” which re-launched Anderson’s songwriting career – which continues to blossom to this day.
The veteran Grand Ole Opry performer was still performing, but also devoting time to being the commercial spokesperson for Po’ Folks Restaurants, and hosting the TNN game show “Fandango.” But, Anderson was still recording, having just inked a new recording pact with old friend Bill Lowery at Southern Tracks Records. Though he didn’t have the distribution or the promotional muscle that he did at MCA, he still turned out some fine work for Southern Tracks, which is represented on this disc.
Taken from the years 1982-1989, some of the highlights here include the radio hits “Southern Fried” and “Son Of The South,” which he still performs on the Opry to this day. Also included are such lesser known “deep catalog” gems such as “Maybe Go Down,” from the pen of Paul Overstreet, and the touching “No Ordinary Memory.” Toni Bellin, a singer from Britain, appears on the very effective remake of “Slippin’ Away,” – now called “Love Slippin’ Away” on this collection.
Though many of these songs might not be as familiar as “Still” or “Whiskey Lullaby,” they still represent some fine work from one of Country Music’s greatest gentlemen, and remain well worth checking out today!