Well, it’s finally September, the month I’ve been looking forward to for the past year and a half. My book is finally released, and should now be available in all formats everywhere books are sold.
Thanks to all of you who have pre-ordered from our website and have written me such glowing letters of approval. I’m so glad you are enjoying it, and hope you’ll spread the word to your friends. And don’t forget your local libraries. Make sure they know it is available and that they can order it from the University of Georgia Press. The audiobook is still scheduled to be released in October.
We wrapped up August with tour dates that took us all the way from Pennsylvania to Utah, and even though we covered a lot of miles in a short period of time, it was great to see so many of our club members and friends along the way. I’m headed back home to Georgia next week to make a little music and hopefully renew a lot of old acquaintances while I’m down there.
On the 6th, I’ll be doing a book signing and a short free show inside the Bill Anderson Performing Arts Center in Commerce. What better place to begin our Georgia tour? On the 7th, I’ll be in Athens for the dedication of the Bill Anderson exhibit inside the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library. And on the 8th, we’ll be pickin’ and grinnin’ in the small town of Social Circle, Georgia. Y’all come!!
Some other great things are on tap for this month as well. On Labor Day weekend, Sirius/XM satellite radio will be airing an hour-long special I recently recorded with The Mayor of Music Row, Charlie Monk, inside Willie’s Roadhouse. It will air six times from Saturday through Monday (exact times are on our Facebook page and on Willie’s Roadhouse web site), and I hope you’ll have a chance to listen. Later, the same show will air on the Prime Country channel. My thanks to Charlie and the entire Sirius/XM gang for this wonderful exposure.
I’m going to be recording a video infomercial this month, too, announcing the DVD release of my buddy Jimmy Dean’s old ABC television shows from the sixties. Jimmy’s widow, Donna, and I will be telling you all about how you can order these rare treasures to watch over and over again in your home. Lots of great music from the legends, most of whom aren’t with us any longer, and priceless comedy from Rowlf The Dog. Remember him? It was puppeteer Jim Hinson’s first nationwide exposure prior to the Muppets. I can’t wait to see these old shows again, and I know you can’t either. For you youngsters who missed them the first time around, watching will be like an education in Country Music 101!
Hope to see you along the way this month in Mahnomen, Minnesota (14th & 15th), Franklin, Tennessee (17th), Breman, Georgia (22nd), Piegon Forge, Tennessee (23rd), and Franklin, North Carolina (24th). Breman and Franklin are Country’s Family Reunion shows where we’ll be joined by lots of our friends. Our September Opry dates are the 2nd, the 10th, and the 20th.
It’s a busy time, but with cooler weather on the way…not to mention the baseball playoffs and the beginning of football season…it’s headed toward my favorite time of the year. Take care, thanks for all your many kindnesses to me, and we’ll see you back here again next month.