It’s hard to believe it’s already time for our August newsletter. Seems like I just finished writing my July letter yesterday!
A lot of exciting things are on the horizon for this month, most of them centering around the release of my new album. The first single from my “Anderson” package will be “Everybody Wants To Be 21,” a song I wrote and recorded with Jamey Johnson. It will be available August 10th, then on August 17th you can pre-order the entire album from iTunes or here on our website. The album release date is September 14th. A complete list of the song titles follows.
(Available for pre-order August 17th. Release date September 14th)
- Old Things New
- Everybody Wants To Be 21 w/Jamey Johnson
- Dixie Everywhere I Go
- Dead To You
- Something To Believe In
- Watchin’ It Rain
- That’s What Made Me Love You
- Practice Leaving Town
- The Only Bible
- Waffle House Christmas
With all the social media sites these days and the totally new world of music promotion and merchandising, I feel like an old dog trying to learn new tricks. I’ve decided to simply surround myself with young people who understand this new digital universe, though, and let them do their thing. They’ve had me jumping through all kinds of hoops I’ve never tried before, but I guess if it results in more records being sold then it’s all been worth it.
In other news, thanks for your great support of our “Too Country! – What’s That?” merchandise offer during July. Our sales exceeded all our expectations, and because of your response we’ll be back with other offers shortly. Stay tuned.
We’ll be going back in the TV studio the 28th and 29th of this month to tape a new series of Country’s Family Reunion shows, these being titled “Country’s Unbroken Circle.” Those of us who have been regulars on the show for the past twenty-plus years will again be bringing some of the exciting young, new talent to the show in an effort to continue reaching out to the next generation of country fans. I’m told these new shows will air on RFD-TV in the fall and be available for purchase in plenty of time for Christmas.
In my “spare time” I’ll be trying to write some new songs this month with some of my favorite co-writers, including Jon Randall, Bobby Tomberlin, and Lance Miller. The band and I will also be traveling up to Minnesota and back to Pennsylvania for a series of concerts in Sandstone, Albert Lea, and Lancaster. I hope to see many of your smiling faces when we come calling. Our Opry dates will be August 3rd, 4th, 7th, 10th, and 31st.
On the personal front, I continue to appreciate your thoughts and prayers for my daughter, Terri, my grandson, Gabe, and my best friend, Vickie, as they each struggle with their various health issues. Larry Black can use our prayers right now, too, and I hope you’ll remember him.
Enjoy the remainder of your summer and be listening for the new musical whispers coming your way. I sure hope we’ve done some things that you’ll like. Thanks for continuing to be so good to me, and we’ll see you back here again in September. My best to you all.