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  1. Chris Myrick
    December 2, 2015 @ 10:54 pm

    Thank you for the story and memories, Mr. Anderson. Dad tried his hand at painting several more items over the years.

  2. James sluder
    December 13, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

    BILL i just i just found this and wanted to thank you .I love reading this as i have been a fan of yours for more year’s than i care to think about.!
    This is about Weldon i know .And i never met him but he made me buy a pedal steel & start trying to learn ..Made me ?? yes,just hearing him play { before u-tube] i was playing lead guitar with a local band & found myself playing some of his lick’s on song’s..Then i went out & bought a steel & started trying to learn that brain wrecking machine .He had some beautiful lick’s and his style took a backseat to no one ..So with that being said ,Yes it’s his fault that im still trying to learn psg !

  3. Martha Brenner
    July 2, 2014 @ 4:57 am

    Hi Bill! First of all. Thank you for remembering Bob and me at the Opry on June 7 recognizing our 50th Wedding Anniversary. I am really curious how you remembered — was it from my e-mail to you or what? You had told us to choose another weekend because of the CMA Fest, but we had already had tickets purchased in February. Anyway, we were in the second row and very surprised you remembered. That white jacket you almost own is beautiful. You and Jack Greene have been two of our very favorites. It was a pleasure to get to see you. Also, what a treat to get to see Little Jimmy Dickens. Bob had mentioned from looking at the schedule that he sure would have liked to see Little Jimmy but he was not on the line-up. Sure enough he was there and what a great treat to get to see him. We just can’t quit talking about the great time we had there. We also got to see Tommy White on Monday night downtown at Nashville Crossroads. Loved every minute of it.

    Bob & I just read this newsletter from you regarding Weldon Myrick. What an interesting read. Bob is a local pedal steel guitar player her in the central Missouri area. When we were in our 5th year of marriage and expecting our first child, Bob always said that if it was a son, he wanted to name him Weldon after Weldon Myrick. We spent most every Saturday night listening to the Opry on the stereo and he loved Weldon’s playing so much. Well, we did get a son, but didn’t name him Weldon. Actually his name is Allen. But Bob admired Weldon’s playing so much that he would have named his son after him. We got to see Weldon in person several times. Once at the Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis and at Vienna Missouri with Leona and Ron Williams on a New Years Eve show. Russ Hicks was there too along with other musicians from Nashville.

    Anyway, I wanted to thank you VERY MUCH for remembering us on the Opry for our Anniversary. Actually, friends told us at church the next Sunday that they heard you mention us. Another treat!

    Thank you so VERY, VERY MUCH for all you have done for traditional country music and keeping it alive at the Grand Ole Opry.

    Bob & Martha Brenner
    Jefferson City, MO

  4. Jo Jo
    June 28, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    Bill, I love reading your letters nearly as much as listening to your singing..( and you know how much that is !!! ) .I also enjoy hearing others doing the songs that you’ve written though. If you put all of these letters into a book, I wouldn’t be able to put it down until the last word was read ! You have a fantastic way of making every sentence come to life with such emotion, and giving the feeling of experiencing each action personally.With intentions of “publishing” a personal book, I started printing each article,until my printer went haywire,then I had missed so many that I didn’t get started again. Although reading your articles and listening to your music can’t compare to seeing you in person …. the next couple weeks are going to be mighty LONG ones !! Bon Voyage Mate !!

  5. Harriet Pihera
    June 7, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    So sorry to hear about your former steel player Weldon Myrick. Only thing I can see may he rest in peace with God. Hope to see you somewhere along the line Bill maybe closer to home. You are still as good as ever.

  6. Bill Tucker
    June 4, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    You have had some excellent musicians over the years in your bands, but Weldon in my opinion ranks among the very best. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. He will be missed by so many. One day, we shall all come together in the Kingdom of God and will enjoy his talents again.

  7. E Moss
    June 4, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    When I heard Weldon Myrick had passed away, I tried to remember where I had heard that name. Then I told my husband, I thought he played with Bill Anderson. Thank you Bill. It
    has been a long time ago. Enjoyed seeing you in Richmond, VA for the remembering
    Jimmy Dean Show. Hope to see you again sometime.

  8. Mark Keith
    June 4, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

    Bill, one of the best things about you is that you can translate your feelings to the written word…I have always liked your records (because you are distinctive), your songs (because you can FLAT WRITE A SONG!), but when you write a piece such as this your skill is evident too. You’re just a pleasure to read!

  9. mofo59
    June 4, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    Bill, what a great tribute to one of the all-time great steel players…he will surely be missed-Rex Norris