Well, we are just now easing into February, and here in Nashville we’ve already had double the amount of snow we get in an average winter. We may break all kinds of snowfall records before this is over. If it’s equally as chilly where you are, throw another log on the fire and join us for our monthly newsletter.
January was an active month in Whisperville and for visitors to our exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. I am told that people are choosing to spend a lot of time at our interactive displays in particular, listening to music and the stories behind the songs. The Hall has done such a great job creating these marvelous stations throughout the exhibit, and I’m glad to know our fans are enjoying them. I hope after you visit the exhibit that you’ll write and share your thoughts with me. I’d really like to know what you’re thinking.
Many of you are telling me how much you are enjoying the “As Far As I Can See” companion book as well. If you haven’t ordered your autographed copy yet, there are ways to do so connected to the newsletter.
They haven’t zeroed in on a release date as yet, but I can tell you that one of the largest record companies in the world is going to release the new duet record that Dolly Parton and I have recorded together. They want us to film a video and make ourselves available to do some major interviews to help promote the record, too, which we have both agreed to do. I think they plan to set a release date for sometime in the Spring, but a lot of it will depend on Dolly’s schedule. As you might imagine, she is “slightly” busier than I am. I’ll let you know more when they let me know. It’s exciting.
And speaking of recordings, it has been discovered that 31 of my old albums have never been released digitally to formats such as iTunes, Spodify, Apple, etc., and that situation is being taken care of as we speak. I am told that over the course of 2022, virtually all this music will be made available. I had no idea this situation existed, and I’m thrilled that it’s being taken care of. I hate when someone writes to me and says they want to add a recording of mine to their playlist and it’s not available. All the music should be up there soon.
On another front, our people are having some interesting talks these days with a major production company that is interested in creating a documentary film on me, my life, and my music. It’s only in the talking stages right now, but it’s fun to think about the possibilities. I’ll keep you posted.
And speaking of video appearances, I recorded a new program last month with Larry Black and all the gang at Larry’s Country Diner. I’m told it will air on the RFD Network on April 14th with a repeat on April 16th. You might want to mark it on your calendar.
As most of you know, we’ve had to say goodbye to quite a few members of our country music family already this year, and it never gets any easier. Ralph Emery, the legendary disc jockey and TV personality, and the man who first called me Whisperin’ Bill on the airwaves, passed away in mid-January. Ralph and I had a long friendship both personally and professionally, and I will miss him.
One of my early songwriting buddies and great friends, Jerry Crutchfield, died a few days before Ralph. Jerry and I co-wrote, among others, “My Whole World Is Falling Down,” which was a big 60’s hit for Brenda Lee. And the songwriting community also said goodbye last month to the great Dallas Frazier, the man who wrote one of the classic lines of all time, “Ooom Papa Mao Mao,” in his massive hit song, “Elvira.” The incomparable piano genius, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, left us on January 30th. It’s no fun to go to more funerals than weddings, but that’s what I seem to be doing these days.
On a happier note, my Georgia Bulldogs made me awfully excited and proud when they won the national collegiate football championship last month. Their victory, along with the Braves having won the World Series earlier in the year, have made me a pretty happy sports fan. I say “pretty happy” because I had hopes of our Tennessee Titans going to the Super Bowl, but that’s not to be. Oh well, there’s always next year.
Have a great February….be extra nice to that someone special in your life for Valentine’s Day….(check out our Valentine’s merchandise special)…and be listening for us on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday February 5th, Tuesday February 8th, and Saturday February 26th. We’ll see you back here in March when, hopefully, the winds will begin blowing a bit warmer.
My best to each of you, and thanks for everything…