The month of November is off to a very good start for me, and I hope it is for you as well.
Thanks SO much for all the beautiful birthday cards, e-mails, phone calls, and remembrances on my special day November 1st. This is one of those “milestone birthdays” for me, a good time to catch my breath and think about what I want to be when I grow up. No matter…I’ve had a “Good Time Gettin’ Here!”
I had a great birthday. I went to lunch with my daughter, Jenni, son-in-law, Chuck, and my oldest granddaughter, Rachel. Riding in the back of a fancy white stretch limousine on my way to the CMA Awards that night, my Anderson grandkids phoned and serenaded me with a spirited version of “Happy Birthday Paw Paw.” And then Carrie Underwood put the icing on the cake when she sang part of my song, “Once A Day,” on the awards show itself. On Sunday, the whole family got together at one of my favorite restaurants and we celebrated some more.
Our trip out west and up into Canada was both eventful and very successful. It got cold a little earlier than usual up there, and we saw quite a bit of snow and ice, but in spite of the best efforts of the weather and a loose moose in Idaho, we plowed right on through. For those of you who came out to see us, thanks for your support. It was fun making some new friends and getting reacquainted with so many from the past.
Our last road trip of the year is coming up this month… with concerts November 10th in York, Pennsylvania and November 11th in Saratoga Springs, New York. If you’re anywhere close to those areas, I hope you’ll make plans to come see us. And by all means, enter our free online ticket giveaway. You might just get free tickets and a backstage meet ‘n greet before the show.
Our Grand Ole Opry appearances this month will be Nov. 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 16th, 20th, and 30th. Remember these will be at the Ryman Auditorium.
I’m continuing to work on some new songwriting projects, and have writing sessions booked with some of my favorite co-writers later this month. It looks like I’ll be going in the studio in early December to begin recording for a new CD which we hope to release next year.
To our friends up in the northeast, we continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you struggle through the aftermath of Hurrican Sandy. And to everyone everywhere, my warmest best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. May you get to spend it with those you love the most.
I give thanks every day for you, the best friends and fans a guy could ever hope to have. See you back here in December.