I never knew I had so many friends.
And I’ve never felt so loved in all my life.
I wish I had the words to adequately thank you for all your e-mails, Facebook posts, phone calls, text messages, letters, and sympathy cards letting me know that you were feeling my pain when my sweetheart, Vickie, passed away on January 16th. You said you were concerned, you were thinking of me, and most importantly of all, you were keeping me in your prayers.
It has been one of the toughest things I have ever had to go through, but with your continued support and God’s help, I’ll make it. And I’ll come out on the other side a stronger man. Her footprints of love, joy, compassion, courage, and faith have left quite a trail, but one that, hopefully, will continue on through the lives of those of us who knew and loved her.
It’s been hard to think about moving forward with my career in the midst of my loss, but I know that’s what she would have wanted. I had to cancel some concert dates and the annual Country’s Family Reunion cruise, but we’ll make those up as soon as we can. And meantime, some interesting things are about to happen.
Jamey Johnson, who sang beautifully at Vickie’s service, and I got our schedules in sync early last month long enough to film a video on our duet, “Everybody Wants To Be 21.” It will be released shortly, and I hope you’ll like it. It’s colorful if nothing else! It will be available for viewing on my website at www.billanderson.com and at all the usual places you visit for music on the internet.
That song, of course, is from our current “Anderson” CD…which is just about to be released on vinyl!! Lots of people tell us they love the sound of the old vinyl records, so we’re giving you a new one that I hope you will want to add to your collection. Details on ordering your copy are elsewhere in the newsletter…or, as always, you can find out more on our website.
Speaking of Jamey Johnson, remember the song he and I did together on one of his albums called, “The Guitar Song?” Well, a couple of the greats from bluegrass music have taken that song and given it a special new treatment that I think you’ll enjoy. Joe Mullins and Del McCoury have just released it, and as you might expect, a banjo has now entered the conversation. Check it out. It’s being played on Bluegrass Junction radio (Sirius/XM) and it’s available through all the regular bluegrass and folk music outlets.
Performance wise, we’ll be going back to the Opry this coming Friday February 8th, and will also appear there on the 9th, 22nd, 23rd, and 26th of this month. Our only road date will be Feb. 28th in nearby Crossville, Tennessee.
On the personal front, I want to publicly thank all three of my children and all eight of my grandchildren for being here to help prop me up as I dealt with Vickie’s passing. They all went to see her and told her they loved her during her final days. Granddaughter Rae flew home from Chicago, Caroline came in from Knoxville, while Gabe and Hallie both spoke at the celebration of Vickie’s life. I cannot emphasize enough just how incredible my family and my friends have been through all of this. I am a very blessed man.
That’s about it for this go around….we’ll see you back here in March. I’ll have some news at that time about an exciting new project we want you to be a part of. Stay tuned, and tell your friends about our free fan club. We’d love to have them all join up with us.