I can’t believe how many cards and letters I continue to receive from you congratulating me on my 60th anniversary at the Grand Ole Opry.
Just when I think there won’t be anymore, another batch arrives in my post office box. I have read every single one that I have received, and appreciate all the effort so many of you have put into sharing your thoughts with me. Country music fans have always been…and continue to be…the best folks in the world! Thank you SO much.
Of course the hot topic of conversation at the Opry these days is our 5000th consecutive broadcast which will be coming up on Saturday October 30th. I’ve marked it on my calendar to be there, and hope you’ll mark yours to be listening. Between now and then I have Opry appearances scheduled for September 11th, 18th, and 24th and October 16th and 19th.
I enjoyed a relaxing ten-day vacation last month, but came home to a whole lot of bad news. As I’m sure you know by now, Tom T. Hall, one of the greatest singer/songwriters who ever walked among us, passed away while I was gone as did Don Everly of the Everly Brothers. I didn’t know Don as well as I knew Tom T., but they will both be missed.
(I recorded a two-part Visit With The Legends satellite radio interview with Tom T. and his late wife, Dixie, back in 2007, and hopefully some of you heard Hour #1 rebroadcast on Willie’s Roadhouse over the weekend. Hour #2 will air this coming Sunday Sept. 6th at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time. I’ve also learned that those programs can be heard on YouTube. If you’d like to listen down below.
Lots of good music, laughter, and conversation that’s even more special now in light of T’s passing).
And then there was the horrific weather that hit just west of Nashville on the day I returned, taking twenty lives and wreaking havoc for hundreds if not thousands of residents. Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, recovery and restoration efforts will be well underway. Our hearts go out to all those affected…and now to those struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida down in Louisiana and Mississippi.
In happier news, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is continuing to ready the Bill Anderson Exhibit and they’ve given it a name. It will be called, “Bill Anderson – As Far As I Can See,” which you should recognize as coming from the opening line of my first hit song, “City Lights.” Hopefully, the Exhibit will still open as planned on December 3rd, but with all this crazy COVID mess who knows? If I hear of any change in plans you’ll be the first to know. In case you’ve forgotten, the Exhibit is scheduled to be open until March, 2023.
My team and I are having meetings as we speak regarding the release of my new recordings, but I don’t have any definite news to share with you as yet. The timing of record releases these days seems to be more important than ever, and we are trying to navigate those choppy waters as best as we can. Our objective, of course, is to release our new music at a time when it will have the best chance of being heard and recognized. Again, when I know something, so will you.
On the personal side of things, my oldest granddaughter, Rae Robeson, became Mrs. Zach Kunde at a colorful outdoor wedding ceremony this past Saturday afternoon in Brentwood, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. Rae was a beautiful bride, as you can see from the attached picture, and PawPaw was a proud grandfather. I asked Zach prior to the ceremony if he was nervous, and he said, “No. It’s the easiest decision I’ve ever made in my life.” I knew right then he was the perfect new addition to our family.
Grandson Gabe continues to rest and recuperate at home from his bone marrow transplant which will mark 100 days this week. We are cautiously optimistic about his recent progress, but the doctors caution us that he still has a long way to go. He is taking online school classes, and while he’s usually pretty tired at the end of the day, he’s right back at it the next morning. He continues to be strengthened by your thoughts and prayers, as we all are. Don’t stop now!
I wish for each of you a great September as the temperatures begin to cool and the fall colors begin to emerge. Stay well and stay safe…there’s a lot of craziness out there. See you back here in October.Thanks for everything….