Well, here I am again….another “Bill” in your mailbox at the first of the month!
That was my mother’s famous line when I was born on a November 1st morning many moons ago. Thanks to those of you who remembered that occasion this past week with your birthday cards, messages, calls, and other gestures of kindness. In all my years, I don’t think I’ve ever received quite so many.
This is going to be a special November with the release of my new record, “Life,” on the 12th. I hope lots of you will go to places like iTunes and Amazon.com and be among the first to download your copy. Then I hope you’ll drop me a note and let me know which songs are your favorites. I mostly hope that you’ll HAVE some favorites, and that we’ve given you some music that you will enjoy for a long time to come.
There has been some talk about a video, but nothing is concrete enough to pass along to you just yet.
I’ll be going down to Montgomery, Alabama, this weekend for the first annual Hank Williams Songwriters’ Workshop. I’ll look forward to meeting lots of you there and swapping ideas on songs and their creation.
From there it’s back home and into the TV studio to record two more series of Country’s Family Reunion. This time we’re doing a bluegrass session, which I will co-host along with Ricky Skaggs, and a series that combines gospel and patriotic music which will be called “God Bless America Again.” I hope you’ll be watching for those and, in the meantime, enjoying our “Looking Back 2” series which is currently airing on RFD-TV.
Our big scholarship benefit show in Commerce, Georgia, rolls around on the 16th of this month, and I’m hearing from lots of you who say you plan to be there. You can check out the details and still order tickets at www.wjjc.net/billanderson.html or by phone at 706-335-3155. (Other than the area code, that’s the same phone number my listeners used to call to request songs when I was a WJJC disc jockey back in the late 50’s! Don’t you sometimes love things that don’t change? Me too.)
On the personal side, thanks again for your continued prayers and well-wishes for both my son-in-law, Chuck, and my grandson, Gabe. Chuck was able to finally come home from the hospital on my birthday following his brain surgery on September 23rd. He’ll still be receiving physical, occupational, and speech therapy for quite awhile, but the doctors say his recovery is right on track. Gabe’s condition remains pretty much the same.
I hope each of you enjoys a Happy Thanksgiving this year and that you’ll join me in counting our many, many blessings one more time. Among my most special blessings are YOU….those who continue to support me and my career year in and year out. I couldn’t do it without you….and I wouldn’t want to!
God bless….and thanks for everything.