And welcome to our newsletter for the merry, merry month of May!
In looking over my schedule for the month I’m tempted to call this “the calm before the storm.” We are not doing any out-of-town concert dates this month, but come June things are really going to start poppin’.
We’ll start the month at home with CMA Fest, and then hit the highway. New shows have been added in Effingham, Illinois, on June 14th, in Sloan, Iowa, with Bobby Bare on the 15th, and in Jasper, Indiana, on the 16th. On June 21st and 22nd we’ll stop off in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Russellville, Alabama, respectively. We’ll wrap up the month down in my home country with shows in Toccoa, Georgia, (28th), Elberton, Georgia, (29th), and Social Circle, Georgia, on the 30th. You can find more details and order tickets to all our shows by visiting our website at www.billanderson.com and clicking on the Tour page. I hope to see lots of you along the concert trail.
Speaking of my “home country,” my one road trip in May will take me back to my adopted hometown of Commerce, Georgia, where I will present our annual Bill Anderson College Scholarship to an outstanding senior student at Commerce High School. Those of you who attended our City Lights Festivals back in the day helped us not only build the Bill Anderson Performing Arts Center there, but you helped us establish these scholarships as well. We’ve been giving one each year since 2012, but this will be the first time I’ve been able to be there and hand it out myself. The presentation will take place on the morning of May 22nd, and I’m excited about taking part. We should have pictures and news about it in our June newsletter.
Just because I won’t be performing any concert dates in May doesn’t mean I’ll be standing still. We’ll be appearing six times on the Grand Ole Opry: May 4th, 10th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and 28th. I’ll be attending my grandson, Nick’s, high school graduation May 24th and granddaughter, Hallie’s, elementary school graduation on the 17th. Hallie and granddaughter, Caroline, celebrate May birthdays on the 9th and 30th respectively.
Sometime this month I hope to squeeze in some songwriting and perhaps a demo session or two as well. I still enjoy the time I spend involved in the creative process, and consider myself fortunate to “still” be able to take part.
Enjoy the beautiful days of Springtime, and we’ll see you back here in June. Thanks for everything, and my best to each of you.