NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Momentum continues for Whisperin’ Bill Anderson as he joins fellow Grand Ole Opry Member Terri Clark on her nationally syndicated radio show, “Country Gold With Terri Clark,” where they discuss Anderson’s paramount 2018 and how he continues to break barriers in country music. The episode begins airing April 13, click HERE for local listings.
Anderson recently honored fellow Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson as he introduced a performance by Larry Gatlin during “Country Music: Live at the Ryman, a Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns.” The evening of performances and film by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns celebrates country music’s cultural impact and history. Anderson is featured in the film which will be available to stream and air on PBS September 15.
“Ken Burns and his staff have treated country music with so much love and respect in this documentary,” said Anderson. “I was honored to be a small part of the celebration of their work. And getting to talk about Kris and his indelible contributions was the icing on the cake.”
“Country Music” was directed by Ken Burns and produced by Burns, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey who spent eight years researching and producing the film, conducting interviews with more than 100 people, including 40 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame (17 of those interviewed have since passed on). Among those storytellers are historian Bill Malone and a wide range of country artists such as Jeannie Seely, Marty Stuart, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, and Naomi and Wynonna Judd, as well as studio musicians, record producers and others. The film uses more than 3,200 photographs and over two hours of archival footage, including rare and never-before-seen photos and footage of Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash and others.
Recently Anderson released a new single with country outlaw Jamey Johnson, “Everybody Wants To Be Twenty-One,” the video exclusively premiered on Rolling Stone Country. The release 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.
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.