1) I heard you sing a song on TV one night and it said something about I know there was someone before me. What is the name of that song?
It’s simply called, “Before,” and I wrote it along with Steve Wariner and Sharon Vaughn. It was from my “Fine Wine” album that Steve produced back in 1998. Several people have mentioned that song to me since it aired on TV, and I sang it last Friday night on the Opry.
2) If you write a song and someone else records it, do they buy the song from you? And what does “covered” someone mean?
No, the person doesn’t “buy” the song, but the record company they record for has to obtain a license from the publisher of the song in order to release the record. Writers and publishers don’t “sell” songs, they license them in return for royalty payments based on record sales. When someone “covers” a song it means someone else sang it before them, and they are simply performing a song that someone else performed or recorded first.
3) Do you have any say over the place where you are performing on the Opry?
I assume you mean where my performance is slotted within the two-hour show. No, the Opry usually assigns the segment to the artist and the artist performs during that specific time. But, to the Opry’s credit, they try to stay flexible and work with the artist’s own schedule. For example, if I need to be on an early Opry segment in order to leave town afterward for a concert date, I inform the Opry, and they usually do everything they can to accommodate me.
4) Are you in the wax museum?
No, I’m in my office sitting at my computer trying to answer some questions! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!) There have been Bill Anderson statues in various wax museums over the years, but I don’t know of any currently. There is not a statue of me in Madame Toussard’s new museum in Nashville if that’s what you are referring to.
Thanks for your questions…keep ’em coming. You can send them to me in care of firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail at P.O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. Stay curious.