I hope each of you had a blessed Easter this past weekend because I sure did. I spent the morning listening to my son, Jamey, teach a Sunday School class at his church, and came away convinced that were he not such a good airline pilot, he would make a marvelous preacher. He and Beth teach a group of college-aged kids, and they hung on his every word. After church, we met up with a dozen other family members and friends for a delicious Easter buffet and egg hunt for the kids.
March was an eventful month in Whisperville. I had a great time in Florida watching some pre-season baseball, then returning home to play a concert in our bass player, James Freeze’s, hometown of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The reception they gave him and us was incredible. It was so much fun to see James’ friends and fans welcome him back to the place where his musical career began when he was only 12-years old.
We also finished recording our new album last month, and we plan to release the first single in June to coincide with my induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other selected cuts will be made available online after that, and the full album will be released in September. The album will be titled simply, “Anderson.” I wrote or co-wrote each of the eleven songs. I sure hope you will like it.
The song that I wrote for my friend, Vickie, who is battling cancer, is scheduled to be released on April 13th. You should be able to see the video on our website then as well as on other social media outlets around the world. The song is called, “Until The Light Comes On Again,” and I hope it helps shine a light into your world and into the worlds of others who are hurting.
March did bring a few sad moments, including the passing of my longtime friend, former Georgia governor and U.S. Senator, Zell Miller. As you know, I stay out of politics, but Zell was special…not only a great American but one of the biggest country music fans I ever knew. And over in the United Kingdom, a man who put several Bill Anderson songs on the British pop charts, singer-comedian Ken Dodd, passed away at the age of 90. His signature song was one I wrote called “Happiness,” never a big hit in this country but known far and wide in the UK. Zell and Ken both touched my life in their own positive way and each will be missed.
From the personal corner of my world, my grandson, Gabe, along with his entire family, really enjoyed their trip to Disneyworld sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The doctors changed Gabe’s medication when they returned, and we can only hope and pray the new meds will put his cancer into remission with fewer side effects. Unfortunately, he has to undergo unrelated sinus surgery later this month. Vickie has also begun a new chemo regimen, and I can only ask that you keep both her and Gabe in your thoughts and prayers. My daughter, Terri, is slowly improving from her surgeries, but she still has quite a way to go. I hate for this sound like a hospital report, but you are kind enough to continue to ask, and I try to keep you updated as best as I can.
We’re looking forward to seeing lots of you this month in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Texas. Thanks for your continued friendship and support, and my best to you all.