I love starting off our newsletters with good news.
I just learned that the new version of “The Guitar Song,” by Joe Mullins and Del McCoury has reached the #1 spot on the national bluegrass charts! This is the song I co-wrote with Jamey Johnson and Vickie McGehee a few years ago, and which Jamey and I previously recorded together. Joe and Del put their own special twist to it, and it turned out great. I’m glad you bluegrass fans liked it enough to make it #1. Thank you.
In other news, I just got off the phone with Larry Black, and he has confirmed that our Country’s Family Reunion Road Show will spring to life again this fall at the Mansion Theater in Branson! We’ve taken the CFR shows on the road several times over the years, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve done so. We’ll be in Branson for two nights, October 21st and 22nd, with a cast that includes such favorites as Jeannie Seely, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, T. Graham Brown, Teea Goans, the Malpass Brothers, and more. I hope lots of you will plan to come see us.
Speaking of Jeannie Seely, she invited me to be part of the great new duet album she’s recording, and we finally cut “When Two Worlds Collide,” the old song I co-wrote with Roger Miller back in the day. Jeannie and I have performed it together on stage and on the Opry many times, and it was fun to finally get it down on record. There’s a picture from the vocal overdub session later on in this newsletter.
As I am typing this, my assistant, Judy, is in another part of the office printing mailing labels for the vinyl edition of our latest album, “Anderson.” I autographed all the pre-ordered copies yesterday, and it was fun to hold an old-fashioned 33 1/3 album in my hands again. The pictures and the artwork are so much larger and easier to read than on the CD’s. And did I mention that the lyrics to all the songs are included on the inner sleeve? If you’d like to add a limited edition vinyl copy to your collection, a few are still available through www.billanderson.com.
Many of you continue to reach out to me with words of assurance and comfort following the passing of my longtime companion, Vickie, back in January. And I continue to appreciate your thoughts and prayers. After we played a couple of shows in Florida last month, I stayed over to watch a little Spring training baseball, and that helped take my mind off things for awhile. I’ll come to a place of peace eventually, and your support will have been a large part of my healing.
Speaking of Florida, a fan named Linda bought our “Anderson” CD after the show in Weirsdale, I signed it for her, and she walked away and left it on the table. Linda, send me your last name and address, and I’ll put it in the mail to you.
Have a great month of April everybody…enjoy some nice Springtime weather…and we’ll see you back here in May. Thanks for everything…