April 3, 2023
I didn’t have much news for you in March, but I’m about to make up for it in April. And the good news is that most of the news I have is good news!
First, the Country Music Hall of Fame told me four days before my “As Far As I Can See” exhibit was scheduled to close on March 19th that it wouldn’t be closing that day after all. It will now, in fact, be open until September 25, 2023, and, needless to say, I am thrilled.
Hopefully, lots of you who weren’t able to get to Nashville over these past 15-months will be able to visit and tour the exhibit this spring or summer. And I hope you’ll help spread the word to your friends, family, and other country music fans:The Bill Anderson exhibit is still open for business! Thank you.
Second, I told you in March that we’d have news in April about some “new/old music” that we’ve got coming your way. And here it is:
Back in 1984, I recorded an album for a small label called Swanee Records. I cut 20 sides in all, ten re-makes of some of my biggest hits and ten songs I had never recorded before. They were released in a double-LP titled, “Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow.”
Well, Swanee Records didn’t stick around very long, and not a whole lot of people ever heard that music. Recently, though, I was able to purchase those 1984 master recordings, and you know what? They still sound pretty good even after almost forty years, especially to ears that miss hearing the sounds of traditional country music.
So we’ve decided maybe some of you would enjoy discovering the ten new/old songs for the first time, so this Spring we’re going to release them on CD and in digital download form for the first time in a package called “1984.” I’ll warn you…these recordings are full of fiddles and steel guitars and songs about real life as lived by real people. If that’s not your thing, then feel free to pass. But if that kind of country music speaks to you, you might want to add this new/old music to your collection. The CD’s will be available soon and only in a Limited Edition for our fan club members! Keep your eyes on our website for more details coming shortly.
What else is going on? Well, Moe Bandy just released a new song I wrote called “God Is Great God Is Good” in his new gospel album titled “Thank You Lord.” I hope lots of you will want to check it out. And our bluegrass/gospel song, “Go Spread The Gospel,” by Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, was just voted 2022 Song Of The Year by Real Southern Gospel Radio. Thanks, y’all…that’s quite an honor.
People ask me all the time if I’m still writing songs and making new recordings, and the answer is a definite YES. In fact, since I am not touring at the present time, I’ve got more time to devote to creating new music, and I’m trying to take advantage of that. I plan to release several new singles this year that you can download and add to your digital playlists. And hopefully some new videos as well. Stay tuned.
Thanks to each of you who reached out with concern and prayers for our city and our people last week. What happened here was senseless and heartbreaking. Your compassion is most appreciated.
Enjoy our first full month of Spring, and I’ll see you on the Opry April 8th, April 15th, and April 25th…and hopefully back here again early in May. As always, thanks for everything.