And Happy New Year!
Gee, it seems like only yesterday that I was beginning to date my autographs “2023”, and now it’s 2024. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun!
And I had a lot of fun in ’23….everything from the joy of being nominated for a Grammy Award early in the year to releasing a new record toward the end with my friends Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jimmy Fortune, and Bobby Bare. And there were many more good times in between. Here’s hoping ’24 will provide us all with lots more happy and memorable moments.
We’re staring off the new year with the release of a lyric video for the song I recorded with my buddies, “The Country I Grew Up With.” I’m writing this letter before all the folks are back in their offices at Universal Music, so I can’t give you an exact date and time for the video premiere, but you can be watching for it on our website at www.billanderson.com and other sites where you usually see your music videos.
I wish we could somehow do a live video with all the people who are singing on the record, but right now that doesn’t seem possible. We’re a pretty spread-out bunch. The lyric video contains some incredibly beautiful and appropriate scenes, though, that I think you will enjoy. In addition, of course, you get the words to the song so you can sing along with us. Be watching for it. It should be coming soon.
I’ve also got several new songs recorded that I hope to be releasing before the new year moves too far on down the track. Some are songs you’d probably expect Bill
Anderson to be writing and performing, while about a half-dozen others are a bit more unique and “outside the box.” Again, I’ll know more when the record company folks get back into their offices and we can begin matching their plans and schedules with my own.
Right now I’m hoping to return to the Opry on February 3rd with additional performances scheduled for Feb. 17th and Feb. 24th. I’ve sure missed being there these past several weeks. And I’ve appreciated the notes I’ve received from many of you saying you’ve missed me too.
Speaking of notes, I want to thank all of you who reached out to me and and my family at Christmastime. I appreciated all of your beautiful cards, thoughtful text messages, and e-mails. I had a wonderful “Tender Tennessee Christmas” with all three of my children and all eight of my grandchildren. It doesn’t get any better than that. I hope your Christmas was special as well.
And New Year’s Eve was special too. I went to a private, age-appropriate place for dinner followed by, as they said in their advertising, “Dancing until 9 p.m.!” That didn’t leave me much time for getting in trouble!!
See you back here in February. Have a great month, and thanks for everything…