Welcome to September and the last of the hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer.
I don’t know about you, but after all the heat and dry conditions we’ve had around Whisperville lately, I’m ready for some soft autumn rains and cooler temperatures. Bring ’em on!
We’re starting off the month excited about the release of the acoustical/bluegrass version of my and Dolly Parton’s duet, “Someday It’ll All Make Sense,” which has just come out. Your comments have been very encouraging so far, and I appreciate knowing that you like it. As I’ve told you before, our vocals are the same as on the country version, but the instrumentation on this cut is mostly unamplified and to me it sounds more intimate. Sierra Hull and her husband, Justin Moses, have provided the perfect touches on the mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and dobro. If you haven’t heard it yet, I hope you’ll check it out on our website (www.billanderson.com) and the other places where you stream and download your music.
Oh, and there is also a lyric video that accompanies this new version. It will be released on my website and YouTube channel at 9 a.m. Central time on Friday September 2nd in conjunction with my appearance on Coffee, Country, & Cody, the morning show on WSM Radio and Circle TV. I hope you’ll join us for that if you can.
Otherwise, things in my world are relatively quiet. You folks down in Texas might have been hearing a song lately that I had a hand in writing called, “Damn Sandwich.” It’s in the Top 20 on the Texas music charts by a girl named Jordan Rainer. I know the title sounds a bit off-the-wall, but don’t judge it until you hear it. I wrote it with Bobby Tomberlin and a young writer named Matt Wynn. I hope you’ll find the humor in it, and hopefully its popularity will spread beyond the Lone Star state.
I was all set to tell you that a Circle Network TV show I recorded a few weeks back with Clint Black was going to air this month, but Clint just called and said it’s now scheduled for November 5th. It’s an hour-long conversation between him and me just talking about all kinds of things, and I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ll remind you again a little closer to the correct air time.
And while I have your attention, don’t forget about our exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame when you’re planning your next trip to Nashville. It is scheduled to run into March of 2023. And our latest CD, “As Far As I Can See,” is available through our online store and at most CrackerBarrel locations across the country.
On the personal side, I will be taking a little vacation time this month, heading to the ocean to stare at the water and watch the dolphins swim by. I will be back in town and back on the Opry September 24th and again on September 27th.
Thanks for continuing to ask about my grandson, Gabe, and for continuing to keep him in your prayers. He turned 18 on August 6th, and has started attending in person classes at school for the first time since the pandemic. It’s his senior year, and we’re all so hopeful that he’ll be healthy enough to enjoy it. Don’t stop remembering him and his fight against cancer. Your prayers have helped to get him this far.
For those of you in the United States, I wish for you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend…our last official taste of summer. After that it’s back to school for almost everybody, back to work, and back to the drudgery of watching football and getting ready for the baseball playoffs. It’s rough, but somebody has to do it! Thanks again for your continued kindness to me, and we’ll see you back here again in October.