I know March roared in like a lion in some parts of our country, but in central Florida where we were doing a concert, it snuck in like a lamb. If you live in one of the weather-ravaged areas, I hope you and yours made it through all right. And please don’t worry about us. It was tough, but we managed to survive the bright sunshine and the 85-degree temperatures!
Before we left, I recorded the last two tracks for my upcoming album, and I’m really excited about the entire project. We’ll be doing the final mixes, naming the record (right now I have no idea what the title will be), shooting the cover photos, and getting everything ready to go over the next few weeks. As soon as we have a definitive release date you’ll be the first to know.
Our video is finished and ready to be posted online, and I’m anxious for you to see it. Since the subject matter deals with my friend, Vickie, and her ongoing battle with cancer, we are finalizing arrangements for all proceeds from the recording and the video to go to a cancer-fighting organization. As soon as all the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed on that front we’ll be able to share it with you. My hope and purpose in doing this is that, maybe by sharing our story, we’ll be able to inspire and help others who are going through some of the same things that we are.
On another completely different note, I continue to be bombarded with dozens upon dozens of notes from you telling me that some of my internet locations have been hacked and you are receiving phone calls and crude messages from someone pretending to be me. This person is seeking “Friends” on Facebook followed by some very personal questions and a plea for money.
Please know these messages are not coming from me. I don’t do “Friend” requests on Facebook, and I would never ask any of you for personal information or money. We’ve traced this person to Nigeria (not exactly a hot-bed of country music!), but every time we get hot on his trail he changes his e-mail, his telephone, and we’re back to square one.
If you hear from this person, who calls himself, “James Bill Anderson,” please ignore him and delete him from all your accounts. Do not respond, and above all, do not send money. And help us spread the word. Thank you.
We only have one more road show in March and that’s March 22nd in James Freeze’s hometown of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. James is really looking forward to playing there with us for the first time, and I’m hoping every seat will be full to honor him and his 27-years as a member of my band. I hope lots of you will make an effort to come celebrate with us. In addition, we have five Opry dates this month: March 6th, 9th, 24th, 27th, and 30th.
On the personal side, my grandson, Gabe, and his family are really excited about their upcoming trip to Disneyworld courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has been honored by his school (classmates raised over $5,600 dollars and donated it to Make- A-Wish in Gabe’s name), his church, and several businesses in the area sent money and other gifts. Although Gabe is the one suffering from cancer, an illness like this takes a toll on the entire family, so it’s wonderful that all six of them get to go. I’m sure they’ll come back with lots of tales to tell.
I’m headed back to Florida, too, this time to watch some Spring Training baseball. See you when I get back. Meantime, all my best and thanks for everything.