July 2, 2012
And welcome to our July fan club newsletter.
It’s extremely hot and muggy in Nashville, and I know the weather is not too pleasant in quite a few sections of our country right now. I hope wherever you are that you’re finding creative ways to stay cool and beat the heat.
I seem to be trying to see how many miles I can put on my ol’ body these days. We just got home from a trip to California and Arizona, and we leave tomorrow for Texas. Then on Friday, we fly to Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, Canada. We’re no sooner back from there than we head for Pennsylvania. You’d think I was 20-years old and trying to get started in the music business!
I asked Lee, my manager, to put a pencil to it, and he said in these two weeks we will have travelled 12,198 miles. It would have taken us 213 hours had we driven it all. Thank goodness for airplanes!
Don’t worry about me, though, because actually, I’m having a good time. The west coast trip was as part of the CMA’s Songwriter Series, and we had a lot of fun playing our songs and telling our stories at the House of Blues in Los Angeles (some pictures are posted at www.billanderson.com) and the incredible Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. What a remarkable facility that is. If you’re really into music and ever get the chance to visit there, I heartily recommend it.
Willie Nelson called me just as we were leaving on that trip and asked me if I could fill in for Ray Price at Willie’s annual 4th of July picnic in Ft. Worth. There’s no way I could have possibly told him no, so we’ll be heading down there for the holiday. Ray is a bit under the weather, and we’re all wishing him the best. At the same time, I’ve never been to the “Willienic” and I’m looking forward to that….Texas heat and all. Hopefully, by the time we get to Canada, we’ll find some cooler temperatures.
When we get home, we’re planning to be on the Grand Ole Opry’s first Wednesday night show July 18th and again on the weekend of July 20th and 21st.
On the personal side, my granddaughters, Rae and Caroline, performed beautifully in a great little children’s play called “Don Coyote” over the weekend. Caroline also went to cheerleading camp, and has been named an All American high school cheerleader. I’ll tell you more about that when I learn the details, but it could possibly open up some wonderful opportunities for her. My grandson, Gabe, is continuing to play coach-pitch baseball and finished up a music camp at church. Blake enjoyed a week at basketball camp, and Nick is working to get in shape for his first year of middle school football. Never a dull moment in Whisperville.
I’m beginning to think seriously about going back into the studio and recording some new music before too long. Our “Songwriter” CD continues to sell well, but when you’re in the business of being creative, you’re always looking toward the next project. I’ll keep you posted as our plans develop.
Meantime, enjoy the hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer and remember that the best advice in the world is still on a jar of mayonnaise: “Keep cool…but do not freeze!”
Happy 4th of July to all our friends here in the States, and my best to each of you wherever you may be.