January 6, 2015
This is our first newsletter of the New Year, and it comes inside a bag of very mixed emotions.
The downside, of course, is the passing of Little Jimmy Dickens. I have been asked to speak at his service on Thursday and to also serve as a pallbearer. I am honored to know that when he and his wife, Mona, planned for his memorial quite some time ago, Jimmy asked that I take part. It won’t be easy, but I couldn’t possibly turn him down. For more of my reflections on Little Jim, his life and his career, you might want to read Bill’ Journal at www.billanderson.com.
The “mixed bag” comes because, in spite of the sadness of Jimmy’s death, a few rays of sunshine are also on the horizon for me. Curb Records has finally released my buddy Mo Pitney’s first single, and they chose to come out with the first song that Mo, Bobby Tomberlin, and I wrote together back in 2012, called “Country.” The early reaction from fans and critics alike has been extremely positive.
So many of you have been asking when the more traditional sounds of country music would be coming back around again, and here they are. Please do everything you can to help promote this song, the record, and the upcoming video. Mo is the real deal, and our business needs him right now more than you might imagine.
I won’t be touring much during the winter, hopefully staying indoors and doing some more songwriting. I do plan to go up and be with my buddy Ronnie McDowell in his hometown of Portland, Tennessee, though, for a big show on January 24th, and then we’ll be leaving January 31st for our Country’s Family Reunion cruise to the Caribbean. Our remaining appearances on the Grand Ole Opry this month are scheduled for January 16th, 17th, and 23rd. It’s our final month at the Ryman Auditorium.
I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas, and I want to thank you one more time for all the beautiful cards and messages you sent my way. I spent a quiet Christmas day with my family and loved every minute of it….especially when my daughter, Jenni, broke out her flute and started playing “Sleigh Ride” by the tree, followed by my granddaughter, Rae, singing a beautiful Christmas hymn that she had sung in church the night before. We ate at Jenni’s, then went to my son, Jamey’s, house for dessert. Other than my son-in-law, Grant’s, being under the weather, it was a perfect day. I am so incredibly blessed.
Thank YOU for being among my blessings…and for being among the many wonderful fans and friends moving into another New Year alongside me. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be an exciting 2015 for us all.
I appreciate you each and every one.