It’s good to greet you again, this time through the pages of our September fan club newsletter.
I’ve been looking forward to this month for quite some time now, and I’m excited that it’s finally arrived. I’ve got some very special events marked on my calendar over the next 26-days.
First, of course, will be the release of my new album, “Anderson,” on Sept. 14th. We’ve been teasing you with bits and pieces of the recordings for the past several weeks now, and I appreciate your kind comments based on what you’ve heard so far. On the 14th you’ll be able to hear it all, and I can only hope you’ll like it enough to want to add it to your collection. The downloads will be available through iTunes and other such places, and the hard-copy CD’s will be available for you to order through my website and through our office.
Jamey Johnson and I have had the chance to sing our song from the album, “Everybody Wants To Be 21,” on the Opry and on one of the upcoming Country’s Family Reunion shows, and you’ve been very generous with your praise. We both thank you.
Another song from the album, called “Waffle House Christmas,” has been endorsed by the Waffle House restaurant chain, and they have invited me back to one of my many hometowns, Avondale Estates, Georgia, as their special guest to help recognize the 10th anniversary of the Waffle House Museum located there. The Waffle House chain was founded in Avondale (where I went to high school) in 1955, the year I graduated. I probably ate one of the first waffles they ever served! How cool it will be to return there on Sept. 8th (noon to 3 p.m.) for a big meet ‘n greet….’n eat!
The Waffle House chain is also currently the largest operator of jukeboxes in America, and on top of everything else, they have promised to put our record on all 3,200 of the boxes in their stores! Maybe they’ll even come up with a Whisper Waffle!
A third major event this month will be on Sept. 19th when the Nashville Songwriters’ Association, Int’l. will present me with only their second Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ryman. I am so proud of this honor for several reasons. First, it’s named for one of the greatest songwriters who ever lived, and, second, it’s only been presented once before – in 2013 to Willie Nelson. Talk about my being in great company! From what I’m told, several of my friends and contemporaries in country music will be on hand to honor me and sing some of my songs. My family and many of my friends will be there, and if there are any tickets left, perhaps one or two of you could join us as well. It promises to be quite a night.
Even with all that’s going on, we won’t be suspending any of our regular activities this month. We’ll be appearing on the Opry Sept. 11th, 15th, 25th, and 29th, and traveling to Scottsburg, Indiana, for a concert on the 21st and on to Winchester, Ohio, for another show on the 22nd. Come see us if you’re anywhere nearby.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and positive thoughts for my daughter, Terri, my grandson, Gabe, and my significant other, Vickie, as they struggle with health issues in their lives. There’s no new news to report, but it means so much when one of you comes up at a show or writes me that you’re keeping these special people close to your hearts. We all appreciate it more than you know.
Enjoy this month, the cooler weather, the merging of the baseball and the football seasons (my favorite time!), and we’ll see you back here in October. I’m thankful every day for each of you being in our fan club, and for your continuing to bless me in so many wonderful and special ways.