December 2, 2014
Can you believe it’s December already? Me neither. Where has this year gone?
I guess by now most of you have heard that the University Of Georgia Press is going to publish my updated autobiography, and we’re hoping it will come out sometime in 2015. These things move slowly, though, so all we can do is work hard and cross our fingers.
I’m so proud that my alma mater is doing this project as well as making space for a Bill Anderson Exhibit inside their incredible Special Collections Library. I’m going to be spending a lot of time this month going through pictures and artifacts for both the book and the exhibit. It will probably be tedious work, but it should be rewarding in the end. There’s no telling what all I might uncover.
Several of you have asked about the audiobook, wanting to know if it will be released ahead of the print version. I’m told that I can’t begin recording the audio version until the final manuscript has been written and edited. The people doing the audiobook want it to match the printed book word for word, so I guess that’s the way we’ll have to do it. Stay tuned.
I’ve been working on writing several new songs recently, and one has just been released. Jamey Johnson, Buddy Cannon, and I wrote a song for Jamey’s new Christmas EP titled, “South Alabam Christmas.” If you can’t find it in your local record store, it can be downloaded by going to http://cwired.co/BA14SouthAlabamChristmas. I’ve got several other new songs scheduled to come out after the first of the year, including “American Pride” by Dailey & Vincent. They have been performing this song on their concert dates and at the Opry and receiving a tremendous response every time they do it. Jamie Dailey, Jimmy Fortune, and I wrote it together.
We’ve also been in the process of taking all the hymns, gospel, and inspirational recordings that I have made over the years (I never realized I had made so many!) and combining them into a 40-song double CD titled, “God Is Great – God Is Good.” The recordings were made over a period stretching from about 1966 to 2006, and while they’ve each been released before, they have never all been together in one package. I hope you’ll like it and will want to add it to your collection. We had hoped to have it available in time for Christmas, but it appears now as though it won’t be ready until January.
Speaking of Christmas, I wish for each of you a very merry one, and I hope you get to spend it with the folks who mean the most in your life. I plan to stay home, as always, and share the season with my children, grandchildren, and those closest to me.
May “God bless us every one,” and I’ll see you back here next year!