NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Positioned between classic cars at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, songwriting titan and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson and country outlaw Jamey Johnson bring to life their song “Everybody Wants To Be Twenty-One” in their new video, now airing on CMT Music this week.
Rolling Stone Country exclusively premiered the video for the song, co-written by Anderson and Johnson, which illustrates the dual perspectives of the young and old fondly wishing they were again, twenty-one.
Everybody wants to be 21
Full of life and life full of fun
The young wish they were older
And the old wish they were young
Everybody wants to be 21
“Everybody Wants To Be Twenty-One” was released as a featured track to digital retail and streaming in addition to being available on Bill’s 72nd album, Anderson. “I’m proud of this video because it allows the song to be the star. It’s simply a younger guy and an older guy reflecting on life and how, for different reasons, both wishing they were twenty-one years old,” said Anderson. “Jamey Johnson is the rarest of talents, and I was thrilled when he and I were able to get our schedules in sync long enough to make this video happen. Hopefully, it will speak to people on both sides of the generational line.”
“I consider myself fortunate to have spent so much time writing songs with Whispering Bill Anderson. I feel I have received a valuable education from a true master of our craft,” Jamey Johnson shared.
“Everybody Wants To Be Twenty-One” follows the Country Music Hall of Famer’s historic 2018 filled with honors and milestones, including NSAI’s Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Anderson capped off the holiday season with “Waffle House Christmas,” which culminated in a viral music video featuring Kid Rock, Tanya Tucker, Gretchen Wilson, Jeannie Seely, Erin Enderlin, Joe Denim, Ira Dean, Kelly Ford and many more.
Anderson was produced by Bill Anderson, Thomm Jutz and Peter Cooper, recorded and mixed by Jutz at TJ Tunes with assistant engineer Andy Kern and mastered by Alex Mccullough at True East Mastering. Three of the tracks were penned solely by Anderson, who has written charted songs in each of the past seven consecutive decades, while the additional tracks feature venerable singer-songwriters including John Paul White of The Civil Wars and country music outlaw Jamey Johnson. Click HERE to download Anderson.
BILL ANDERSON TOUR DATES:
Mar. 19 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Mar. 23 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Mar. 29 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Mar. 30 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr. 05 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr. 06 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr. 09 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr. 14 Rollie’s – Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Apr. 19 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr. 20 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr. 30 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 24 Midwest Country – Sandstone, Minn.
Aug. 25 Midwest Country – Sandstone, Minn.
Nov. 01 Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg, Ind.
Nov. 09 The Beacon Theatre – Hopewell, Va.
ABOUT BILL ANDERSON:
Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry titan Bill Anderson is the rare songwriter whose first major label cut went to No. 1 on the charts, was named Song of The Year and sparked a writing career that is currently in its seventh decade. The song, “City Lights,” was written when Anderson was a 19-year old Georgia disc jockey and became a career-defining hit for Ray Price in 1958. The song opened doors for him in Nashville, leading him to signing with BMI and Tree Publishing. Anderson was far from a one-hit wonder. He followed “City Lights” with country standards like “Tips Of My Fingers,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Once A Day,” “Saginaw, Michigan,” “That’s What It’s Like To Be Lonesome,” “I Missed Me,” “Cold Hard Facts Of Life,” which earned him another GRAMMY nomination, “Mama Sang A Song,” the crossover smash, “Still,” and countless others. He was voted country Songwriter of the Year six times during his first decade in Music City. His success continued into the 1970’s with award-winning hits like “Slippin’ Away,” “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking,” “I May Never Get To Heaven,” and the disco-flavored, “I Can’t Wait Any Longer.” The 1980’s saw Anderson’s chart-topping career take a hiatus as he became a TV network game show host, spokesman for a national restaurant chain and a nonstop touring Grand Ole Opry performer. In the 1990’s he came roaring back with a vengeance, however, as he seriously turned to co-writing for the first time. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, his collaborations with the newer generation of Nashville tunesmiths resulted in hits like “Wish You Were Here,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Two Teardrops,” “A Lot Of Things Different,” for Kenny Chesney, “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn),” for Vince Gill and two CMA Song Of The Year trophies for “Whiskey Lullaby,” with Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss and George Strait’s “Give It Away,” in 2005 and 2007 respectfully. He continues to write today with songs like Brad Paisley’s “Dying To See Her.” For more information, visit BillAnderson.com.
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