Sorry we didn’t get the newsletter out on the first day of the month, but I was too busy Nov. 1st opening birthday cards, reading birthday e-mails and texts, answering phone calls, and mostly just being grateful for my fans, my family, and my friends.
I had a wonderful birthday! My daughter, Terri, took me to lunch, and then Lee and some of my Po’ Folks Band teamed up and took me out to a comedy club that night. They said with all I’ve had on my plate lately they figured I could use a few laughs, and they were right. What an incredible bunch…and what a wonderful time we had!
November is looking like it will be a fun month. On Tuesday the 6th, Waffle House is closing one of its Nashville restaurants and turning us loose inside to film a video for our new song, “Waffle House Christmas.” Plans are for this to be a wild and crazy celebration. Some of my and your favorite people are coming to help spread the cheer (and the grits and eggs and raisin bread!) and I can’t wait. Hopefully, we’ll have the video edited and ready for release immediately after Thanksgiving.
Things will turn a bit more serious the following night when the Nashville Association of Talent Directors, the people who book country shows all over the country and around the world, will present me with their Honors Award, “In recognition,” they say, “of your accomplishments and service to the Nashville entertainment industry.” I think when you translate that is really means, “You’ve been a good road-dog for over 50-years!” Regardless, I sincerely appreciate their honoring me this way. As I’ve said many times, I do this because I love it, not to try and win awards. Those are just the icing on the cake. Mighty tasty icing, I might add, and most appreciated.
I appreciate, too, all the orders that continue to come in for our latest recording, “Anderson,” and I love reading your nice comments after you’ve listened to it. We will be repackaging our “Nothin’ But Hits” CD this month as well, updating the cover and adding four additional tracks to the collection. Those will include “Old Army Hat,” “Papaw’s Sunday Boots,” and “A Lot Of Things Different,” songs we continue to get requests for but whose original albums have been discontinued. We also plan to add “Until The Light Comes On Again,” the song I wrote and recorded for my friend, Vickie, who is battling cancer. As always, all our product (including new t-shirts and hats) is available at www.billanderson.com.
The Opry begins its winter run at the Ryman Auditorium this month, and we will be appearing on the 3rd, 9th, 10th, 17th, 27th, 30th, and Dec. 1st. If you’re in town that last weekend, I’ll be riding in the Nashville Christmas Parade and performing “Waffle House Christmas” on the morning of the 1st. Come cheer me on and bring me some hot coffee! It’s bound to be chilly.
We’ll be taking off the entire week of Thanksgiving, allowing me and the band to enjoy time with our families. There’s always so much to be thankful for, and I wish a Happy Thanksgiving to each of you. Enjoy, and we’ll see you back here in December.