And welcome to my favorite month of the year. Baseball, football, cooler temperatures, bright fall colors….it doesn’t get any better than October!
Lots of good things are happening music-wise this month as well. I told you last time that I was hoping to be able to share some news about some upcoming record projects from Whisperville, and I can. We are hard at work right now putting the finishing touches on an amazing new recording that will feature FIVE Hall of Fame members performing on one song. From what I can determine, this has never happened before.
The artists will be myself, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jimmy Fortune, and Bobby Bare. The song is one I co-wrote with Bobby Tomberlin and Lance Miller, and one which think a lot of you will relate to. It’s called, “The Country I Grew Up With,” and if all goes as planned, it will be released in early November on Universal (UMG) Records. Stay tuned.
And sometime after the first of the year, Universal plans to also release a six-song EP of new love songs that I have written or co-written, and I’m really excited about that as well. Steve Dorff, who went to the University of Georgia as I did, and who went into the Songwriters Hall of Fame the same night that I did, has produced these recordings which he calls, “Modern day versions of ‘Still’.” The recordings are sparse musically, and each song takes a different approach to the subject of love. One of them may be my favorite song that I’ve ever written. I’ll share more as the time approaches.
What else is going on? Well, down at the Hall of Fame they are beginning to dismantle the Bill Anderson – As Far As I Can See exhibit which has been on display since December, 2021. It’s been a great run and a fun ride, and I thank each of you who took time to take it in. I visited for one final time the Thursday before it closed, and marveled all over again at how incredible it was and how much meticulous hard work went into its creation. My friend, the late Peter Cooper, had so much to do with the exhibit’s content and tone, and I will always be indebted to him for all he did to make it happen.
I guess by now most of you have heard that the South Carolina Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame will be awarding me their very first Lifetime Achievement Award in April of next year. I am extremely honored that the state where I was born and lived the first eight years of my life wants to honor me in such an incredible way. I hope I can be there…on the campus of Furman University in Greenville…for the actual presentation on April 25th.
Oh, before I forget, I will be on the Grand Ole Opry for four appearances this month…two shows on the 7th and one show each on the 28th and the 31st. The 7th will be special in that we’ll be celebrating the Opry’s 98th birthday that night along with the induction of our newest member, Sara Evans.
On the personal side of things, my granddaughter, Caroline, and her fiance, Jacob, are moving from Nashville to Savannah, Georgia, this month. I hope you will join me in wishing them well in their new jobs and new locale.
Have a great month, enjoy all the beauty that it has to offer, and I’ll see you back here again in November. Thanks so much for everything….