And welcome to our first Fan Club Newsletter of 2013.
I wonder how long it will take me to start writing “13” instead of “12” on all the things I sign? Probably until about the 4th of July!
I hope each of you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, and I thank you for all your cards and remembrances of good cheer. I was with all three of my children and all eight grandchildren on Christmas Day and it was wonderful. Then, as you might suspect, I got my fill of blackeyed peas, turnip greens, and football on New Year’s. I’m looking forward to a great 2013.
Our first order of business here in the New Year will be the release of our new-old CD called “The Atlanta Sessions.” This set contains all sixteen songs I recorded back in the 80’s for Southern Tracks records out of Atlanta, digitized and released on CD for the first time. Although you might have heard a few of these songs, I doubt even the biggest Bill Anderson fan on the planet has heard them all. We’ve also unearthed two videos from that period, and they will be included in the package as well. AND….we’ll be offering this entire package for only $12.50 with free shipping! It won’t be available until mid-January, but you can go to www.billanderson.com to get more details and pre-order beginning January 7th.
On January 19th I’ll be sailing to the Caribbean with over 1,300 of my closest friends aboard my first ever Country’s Family Reunion Caribbean Cruise. Lots of my friends and fellow artists, musicians, and staff from both CFR and Larry’s Country Diner will be traveling with us, and we are going to have a blast. I can’t wait to tell you all about it when we return.
You’ll notice on my schedule that I’m working only one concert date between now and mid-May, and that is by design. As I told you in our last newsletter, I’ve begun working on a new record for release later in the year, and I’ve also decided to take the plunge and write a new book. I plan to devote the next several months to those two projects, and in order to do so, I’ve had to free up some time from other places. I won’t be doing any interviews, promotional appearances, or anything other than the Grand Ole Opry for the next four-plus months. Hopefully, when both the record and the book are finished, we can all say that the effort was worth it.
The one show that I do plan to work is March 1st in Camden, Tennessee, site of the 1963 plane crash that killed Opry stars Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins. This will be the 50th Anniversary of that tragedy, and the folks in that area have quite a tribute planned. We’ll tell you more about it as the time approaches, and I hope many of you can come be with us.
Thanks again for your continued kindness to me, and here’s hoping 2013 will be a “lucky 13” for us all.