1) I’m looking for one of your earlier songs, “Mr. Peppers.” Can you tell me when it came out and the title of the album?
Well, first it’s Mr. PEEPERS, not Peppers, and it came out in 1981. It is currently on our “Nothin’ But Hits” double-CD along with 40-plus other songs. You can order a copy through our web site at www.billanderson.com. Just go there and click on Shop. That’s a fun little song, and I appreciate your interest.
2) On the average, how much does it cost to produce a CD?
That’s a lot like asking, “On the average, how much does it cost to buy a car?” There’s a big difference between the price of a Cadillac and a Mini Cooper. A recording project by someone like Justin Timberlake or Taylor Swift could run into 7-figures…a project by someone who has his own home studio, plays all his own instruments, and sings all his own vocals, could be done for virtually nothing. Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban probably spend in the 6-figure range. But if you’re wanting to cut a good Nashville session in a good studio with top-flight musicians, and you’re willing to pinch a few pennies, it could probably be pulled off for between $20,000 and $25,000….and probably even less.
3) Do you find that you are just as busy in the music business today as ever? Is the work load similar to what you did in the 60’s and 70’s, or have you experienced various phases in your lengthy career?
Yes, I am probably just as busy (or busier) than ever, but it’s a different kind of busy. In the early days, I was trying to establish myself in the business, and it was a constant battle to write hit songs, cut hit records, tour relentlessly, keep a great band together, stay in touch with the radio disc jockies, appear on television as often as possible, and on and on. My “busy-ness” today is different. I still tour, make records, do TV shows, etc., but the pressure to “get to the top” is gone. I work more at my own pace now and try to save time for my personal life, which I didn’t always do back in the day. I do forget sometimes that I’m not still in my twenties and thirties, though, and I “approach burnout” which I confessed to not long ago. For the most part, though, I’m more “in control” now than I was then. And I’m much happier for it.
Thanks for your questions. You really challenge me sometimes. Keep ’em coming to firstname.lastname@example.org or to me at P. O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. See you back here next time.