I guess it’s a little of both. I couldn’t write about things that I was totally unfamiliar with, but if I had lived every song I’ve written, I’d be 400-years old and extremely tired by now.
Travel has been such a big part of my life for so long now that I’d probably go stir crazy if I had to stay in one place all the time. Sure, I miss home, and I’m always glad to get back. I think striking the proper balance between the two is the answer.
Both of my former singing partners are still active in the music business. Mary Lou lives and performs in Branson, Missouri, and Jan is still a regular on the Grand Ole Opry.
Les, the guitar player in my band since 1981, has not been on tour with us since August, 2008. First it was a case of shingles and then surgery to repair a hernia. He is still not feeling up to par, and is undergoing more tests. The doctor has allowed him to return to the Opry, but has not yet cleared him to travel.
I have three children, two daughters and a son. They have blessed me with a total of seven grandchildren (so far!), four girls and three boys. I am not married at the present time. A few pictures are below. I’ll have the rest of them for you next time.
I recorded it once, but the record company chose to not release it. I sing it on stage quite often and tease that it’s the worst song I ever wrote. I think a lot of people agree! I may give it another shot in the recording studio one of these days. But don’t hold your breath!
Thanks. Me too. I can’t think of any life I would rather have lived than my own. I have been most richly blessed.
Thank you, but you don’t miss them nearly as much as I do. I hope to be able to do some new ones at some point, but I have no idea just when that might be. Meantime, you can still catch some of our re-runs on the weekends.
I am hoping to get back into the recording studio this summer and record a new album. I’m also hoping to make a new song available for downloading before then. Stay tuned.
Yes, I sing around the house, in the car, exercising, shopping, and virtually any other place I happen to be. Sometimes I’ll be singing or humming the tune to a new song I’ve written, other times something I’ve heard on the radio. Often I sing and don’t even realize what I’m singing....like the time I got strange looks walking through the grocery store singing, “I was born a coal miner’s daughter….”
Of course I do. When I don’t have to be on stage or in a business meeting of some kind, I dress for comfort. And like my old song says, I’m not afraid to “get a little dirt on my hands.”
I guess my favorite flowers are roses, but this time of year in Tennessee, it’s hard to not be partial to azaleas. They are so pretty right now. What kind of flower would I be? Probably a “blooming idiot!”
Yes I do. I have tried to save copies of all my own records, the recordings made of songs I have written, and records that I simply enjoy listening to. I have a lot of old recordings that have been re-mastered and re-issued on CD’s as well as a large collection of current music. My tastes run from country to bluegrass to gospel to jazz. You’ll find it all on my shelves..
Thank you. We’ve had a lot of fun putting them together. I’ve been told that if we can get commitments from several of the major stars who have not yet appeared with us on the series that we will record some new shows in January, 2010. Meantime, be looking for some live on-stage Family Reunion shows at the RFD Theater in Branson beginning in November.
Jan and I do sing together from time to time at the Opry and we work the occasional road show together. I don’t foresee our ever becoming an “act” again, however, because of our many individual commitments. The good news is that she and I remain the best of friends.
I wish I had some good news in that regard, but I really don’t. At this point in time, nobody seems to be interested in putting such a set together.. Someday, perhaps, I’ll just take the bull by the horns and do it myself.
I don’t know how “hilarious” it is, but me and Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Jamey Johnson and a cast of thousands are cutting up while Darryl tries to sing a song called “Don’t Show Up If You Can’t Get Down.” It’s on his new CD, “Sounds Like Life.” It was a lot of fun being in the studio with that bunch of clowns.
I recently learned that you can go to amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com, enter the title of the book, and it will give you a link to click so that you may see who carries a used copy. You can’t purchase a copy locally from any of these people, however, so you have to order online. The book has been out of print since the early nineties.
From what I’m told, the crowds for the late shows on Saturday nights fall off considerably after school starts. Now that many school systems begin their calendar years prior to Labor Day, Opry management feels it’s best to not resume the second shows until September. Overall, it’s probably just another sign of our tough economic times.
No I don’t because I have no idea how far in advance the Opry sells its tickets. If we put together a special weekend package for our fans, we’ll announce it as far in advance as possible. Keep watching our website and our fan club newsletters. We’ll let you know in plenty of time.
Lord willing, I will celebrate it the weekend closest to July 15th in 2011. I joined the Opry on July 15, 1961. I can’t believe it’s been almost a half-century. It seems like yesterday.
No, I am no longer connected with them. I was their corporate spokesperson from 1981 to 1994 and did most of their radio and television commercials. At one time there were nearly 200 restaurants across the U.S., but only a handful of them remain open today.
Thanks for your questions. Keep them coming and I’ll do my best to answer.
That’s a tough question, but I would probably have to say “City Lights.” I was only nineteen years old when I wrote it, and it was my first hit. Had it not come along and opened all the doors for me, I might never have had the chance to write the ones that followed.
For the most part, no, because I enjoy people and I realize that being recognized in public is part of my occupation and a lot of what I’ve worked for. Most folks are nice and respectful of my privacy, and are content to just say hello, perhaps get an autograph, and move on. There have been exceptions over the years, of course, but I prefer to laugh those off and keep on truckin’.
I have, yes, but I can’t say it’s something I do on a regular basis. My schedule gets so crazy sometimes that I think my children had rather call on other family members whom they know they can depend on. Fortunately, we all live pretty close to one another, so somebody is usually nearby and available.
Thanks for your questions. Keep 'em coming and I'll try to answer as best as I can
I didn’t come up with it. It was given to me in fun by Don Bowman, a comedian on my syndicated television show back in the late sixties.
Yes, unfortunately it is. My sister Mary’s oldest son, Cambren Hoyt, 45. disappeared off the coast of Panama City, Florida, during tropical storm Claudette back in August. His body has never been found. As you might expect, it’s been extremely rough on his dad, Don, and his brother, Dylan. I hope you’ll keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Yes, I worked concert dates with him on several occasions, and he recorded four of my songs during his lifetime. I couldn’t say that we were close friends, but he was always very nice to me. I greatly admired and appreciated his talents.
Pete Fisher, general manager of the Opry says, “We are currently on a production hiatus and plan to return to the air next year with new episodes.”
In the nine years that I have lived in my present location, I can’t recall ever having one single trick or treater come to my door. I don’t live in a heavily populated area and there aren’t many kids nearby, so even though I always have some treats available when I’m home, I usually end up putting them away before the night is over.
I knew Jimmie and admired his talent, but because he was never based in Nashville, I didn’t work with him on very many occasions. He worked out of Cincinnati, where he owned and operated one of the best country music record stores in the nation. His song, “Will You Be Satisfied That Way,” is an all-time country classic. I’m proud to say that he was my friend.
It’s awful to say, but I’m really not. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy fishing a lot, but for some reason, I don’t seem to take time to do it when I’m home. With these grandkids of mine growing up so fast, though, I need to try and set aside some time to take them fishing. Some of my fondest memories revolve around fishing with my dad and my grandpapa when I was a youngster..
To spend time with my family and the people I love.
Whoa! You wouldn’t put an ole boy on the spot would you? Obviously, I like them all to a certain degree or I wouldn’t have recorded them, but my very deep-down #1 favorite is probably the last song on the record, “Thanks To You.” It’s a love song that can be sung to a spouse, a significant other, a family member, a friend, or even to God. Or, in my case, from me to my fans. I hope you’ll like it when you hear it.
Nearly everybody in country music: I helped them by staying out of their way! (Just kidding). I really haven’t had time over the years to get very involved in anyone’s career other than Connie’s. Oh, I was the first person to put Charley Pride on national television, and years later I gave people like Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, and a 14-year old Taylor Swift some of their first opportunities to perform in Nashville. But that’s not really “helping” in the true sense of the word. I wish I could have done more, but that takes time that I simply do not have.
I can’t speak for Little Jim, but I try to never say “never” about anything. Cruises can be a lot of fun, and if the right opportunity were to present itself, I’m sure I would enjoy going on another one.
We don’t have any overseas tours on the books right now, but that can always change. Now that our Country’s Family Reunion shows are on television in the U.K., we are getting quite a few requests to come over. I always enjoyed my visits there in the past and would look forward to returning. Thanks for asking.
I think the first show was in 2001, and I devoted both my first and my second show to the music and the life of Chet Atkins. He had only recently passed away, and I had several guests on each show who came to talk about him. They included Boots Randolph, Steve Wariner, Jerry Reed, Danny Davis of the Nashville Brass, Bobby Bare, and many others.
I had just turned fifteen when I sang in public for the first time. It was in a high school talent show. No, none of my family has been in the entertainment field up to now, but I’ve got at least one granddaughter...and maybe two...who appear to be heading in that direction
You’re right. And it would probably win a CMA Award… “Comedy Record of the Year!” Thanks for your suggestion, but don’t hold your breath. It ain’t gonna happen.
Yep, that comes up in nearly every interview that I do, and the answer is always the same. The name was hung on me back in the late sixties by the comedian on my syndicated television show, Don Bowman. By the way, I heard recently that Don is not in good health. He made lots of us laugh over the years. I hope you’ll keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Yes, including some local entertainers in the areas where I was living at the time. In Columbia, South Carolina, I idolized a local radio performer named Byron Parker, and listened to him and his band every day on my dad’s little radio. In Atlanta it was James & Martha Carson, Tommy Trent, Bill Lowery, Bob Corley, and others. When I got to Nashville, I opened shows for George Morgan, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky, and Johnny Cash . I was inspired and influenced by them all.
That's something else I get asked a lot, and I have so many great Opry memories that it's always hard to single out any one as being the "favorite." One that always comes to mind, though, was the night years ago at the Ryman when my mom and dad were in the audience. I did "Mama Sang A Song," and received a standing ovation. The look on my mom's face at that moment will stay with me forever.
Jimmy worked with me (and Jan) for thirteen years and was certainly a vital part of all our concert dates. He was also a prolific songwriter, "The Minute You're Gone" for Sonny James, and "Alla My Love' for Webb Pierce being among his hits. I had not thought of doing a tribute to him (I assume by "tribute" that you mean recording some of his songs), but I appreciate the suggestion.
I get questions like this all the time, and the only answer I have for any of them is to tell folks to check the Tour page on our web site from time to time. New concert dates are always being booked, and as soon as they are confirmed, they are posted there. Right now, nothing is scheduled for either Mesquite or Bakersfield, but I know from past experience that could change by the end of the day.
The leasing company had another bus and driver come to Branson to retrieve us. (The damaged bus was towed back home by a wrecker.) I don't know about the ghosts, but it sure sounds suspicious, doesn't it?
To be honest, neither one. I haven't had time to work on improving my cooking skills, but I'm not big on carry-out either. I manage to make a pretty decent breakfast in the mornings, and I try to eat my major meal of the day at noontime. That usually means in a restaurant near Music Row if I'm writing, or nearby if I'm working in my office. I can whip up some pasta or a pretty good salad when I get home at night, and grill some salmon or chicken to put on top. You can look at my waistline and tell I'm not starving!
Wow, I never thought about that before. I guess right now I'd just like to think that I will be remembered....period. As my friend Mac Wiseman sang many years ago, "Tis Sweet To Be Remembered."
This has probably been my most asked question over the past few months. No, she is not my wife, but a professional actress from Florida named Cindy Hogan.
My manager is Lee Willard, who started nine years ago as my tour manager and worked his way on up. My agent is Nick Meinema with The Agency Group in Toronto.
I started making up songs when I was ten or eleven years old, so I'd guess I had written quite a few. Only three of them, however, had been recorded. Songwriting is not something that you roll out of bed one morning and start doing successfully. It often takes writing lots of bad ones before you learn enough to write a good one.
The Opry's first performance was in November of 1925, so we'll be celebrating the show's 85th birthday this fall. Every show during those 85-years has been broadcast on WSM radio. The Opry was first televised in the fifties, and has been on and off televison throughout the years. It is currently not televised on a regular basis.
Thank you. I can't think of any one specific thing other than to say I'd like to be able to continue down this marvelous road I've been on for a little while longer. I still have some songs I want to write, another book or two I'd like to try and put together, and people I'd still like to entertain. Believe it or not, there's still a few places I haven't been and a mountain or two I have yet to climb. As long as I'm blessed with the health to stay at it, that's what I hope to do.
When you've been in this business as long as I have, you accumulate a long list of things like these, and it's hard to narrow it down to one or two instances. But the first thing that came to my mind regarding "shocking" was the night the woman in Dayton, Ohio, came onstage while I was singing "Still" and began to remove her clothes. Fortunately, a policeman was nearby, and came and removed HER!
And the first thing I thought of under "kindest thing" was the Sunday afternoon at Sunset Park, Pennsylvania, when a lady asked me to autograph her Bible. I pulled her aside and explained to her that I had a policy of never autographing Bibles or American flags. I just didn't feel it was the proper thing to do. Big ole tears welled up in her eyes and she said, "But this is my family Bible. It is the most special thing I have in my life. It has the names of all my family members and has been handed down for generations. Your music is so special to me that I feel like you're like a member of my family. That's why I want you to sign it." I took my pen and wrote my name. What greater compliment could I have been paid?
If you're speaking of the recorded television shows and DVD's, yes, there will be more. You can check with Gabriel Communications to find out just when the next set might be available. If you're speaking of our live Family Reunion Road Shows, there will be more of those as well. We will be in Branson November 7th & 8th, and will be announcing some of our 2011 locations soon.
Thanks for your questions. Keep 'em coming.
Actually, I have hosted two network game shows during my career. The first was on ABC-TV in l977-'78 called "The Better Sex." I co-hosted that particular series of shows with Sarah Purcell. Later, I hosted a country music trivia show on The Nashville Network called "Fandango." That show aired from 1983 to 1989. I enjoyed both experiences very much.
There is an organization called the Nashville Songwriters Association, International, that offers both advice and assistance to prospective songwriters. I suggest you contact them. Their address is www.nashvillesongwriters.com. Good luck.
Lots of things...in fact, far too many for me to mention here. I suggest you contact the Nashville Visitors Bureau which you can do online at www.visitmusiccity.com. or via a toll free phone number...1-800-657-6910. I think you'll find these folks to be very helpful in pointing you toward your areas of interest. We're sure looking forward to having lots of our fans and friends in town and hope you'll take advantage of all that Music City has to offer.
No, I didn't. Perhaps I'll get to meet Paul or Ringo someday. I've often had people tell me they think Paul and I look somewhat alike. Poor guy.
Many of the places we used to play regularly in Pennsylvania are no longer open for business. Places like Sunset Park, Williams Grove Park, Pecway Silver Mines, and Ontalaunee Park, for example, have closed. Many of the smaller fairs and firemen's carnivals can no longer afford the high prices some acts charge. The good news is that we will be coming back to the Americana Theater in Lancaster, Pa., on April 30th of next year. Details are on the Tour page at www.billanderson.com.
Good news. I just learned today that it will, indeed, go back to a full hour sometime in January. I hope you'll keep right on tuning us in.
I never thought about that. There used to be "answer" songs in country music quite often, such as Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels," which was the answer to Hank Thompson's "Wild Side Of Life." But sequels? I don't know. Maybe it's because we try to say it all the first time around.
I don't know. I never asked him. The late Grand Ole Opry announcer, T. Tommy Cutrer, called me the same thing. I think for some people a two-syllable name just rolls of the tongue easier than a one-syllable name. I have a friend named Tim that I always call Timmy. My daughter in law, Beth, is called "Bethie" by her mom and other family members. I always thought Jimmy's calling me that was cool though. He probably knew lots of other "Bill's," but I never heard him call anyone "Bill-O" except me.
Whoa...another potent question! I never sat down and thought about it, but Jamey Johnson, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Womack, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, and George Strait would probably be at the top of my list. And, of course, there would be others. But if I were a DJ today, I would also go back and play the classic country songs from the past right alongside the current hits. Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Merle Haggard and more still have lots of fans who want to hear their music but can't.
Oh boy, that's a tough one. I've been blessed with everything from beautiful hand-made quilts to blackberry-prune cakes. A lady once sent me a tin of homemade fudge for my birthday along with a note saying that in order for the fudge to reach me on time, she had to mail it before it "set." When I opened the tin, there was a big glob of fudge stuck to the side. A soldier once sent me his green beret as a way of thanking me for the music of mine that he heard while in Vietnam. Every time a fan gives me a gift, I consider it "unique," because I know it is something that came from their heart. And every heart is unique and special in God's eyes and in mine.
Yes, thank goodness. Songwriters get paid based on record sales and also on the number of times their song is performed publicly....such as on radio, television, and in concert. We also get paid on legal downloads, the ones that cost you something like 99-cents on the internet. We don't get paid on the illegal downloads, however, but that's another subject for another time.
Thanks. I'm glad you like it. Roger and I wrote the song riding from Nashville to San Antonio in the back seat of his old Rambler station wagon back in the early sixties. I'd love for any of the current artists to record it....George Strait, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks...anybody who would get a lot of airplay and sell a lot of records! Are you guys listening out there?
We have hit a snag with this project that none of us anticipated. Most of the guest stars on the episodes we have are now deceased, and we've run into all kinds of problems in dealing with their various estates and attorneys. As much as I had hoped to release these programs, I'm not sure now that it's going to happen. The whole situation has become extremely complicated.
Several of my songs are based on things inspired by my parents. Most notable among those would probably be "Mama Sang A Song." Mom and Dad saw me perform on stage many times from the time I was fifteen-years old up until the early 2000's when they became unable to travel.
Thank you for your prayers and your concern. He is undergoing treatment for a very rare form of cancer at Vanderbilt Hospital here in Nashville. It will be a lengthy process, and unlike someone who is recovering from an injury, updates are virtually impossible to come by. When I have something to share with you, I will share it. Meanwhile, thanks for caring and for understanding.
Keep your questions coming. I'll do my best to answer them.
I wrote the song in late 1962 after having seen an old girlfriend for the first time in years. When I couldn't sleep a few nights later, I got up out of bed, went into my den, and wrote it around three o'clock in the morning. I recorded it live on December 18, 1962, but I wasn't happy with my performance. Owen Bradley, my producer, allowed me to go back into the studio in early January and do my part again. I'm glad he did, because to this day it is my best-selling record and most requested song.
That's a very good question, and one that I didn't know the answer to. I asked my good friend and top record producer, Buddy Cannon, for this thoughts. He said, "My honest answer is that in the 60s the songwriters were writing from inspiration and there were no formulas to follow. These days there seems to be a structure template which almost everyone writing songs thinks they are obligated to follow and, no matter what they've said, they aren't finished until they've written a verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge and chorus again. I believe you should write a good idea until it's said and then put the pencil away." Makes sense to me.
Yes, I know what you mean and I get letters like yours every day. I’m not sure that drums themselves caused any changes. Western swing bands featured drums back in the forties. Rock ‘n roll was born out of a mixture of country, pop, and rhythm ‘n blues, and the more it evolved the farther it got away from its original sources. Much of what bothers you came about because many of the powers-that-be in country music wanted to try and broaden the music’s appeal. Country does have a larger audience today than ever before, but for lovers of the traditional country sound there has been a price to pay.
Thanks for your questions. Keep ‘em coming and I’ll keep trying to answer.
Whoa, I never thought about it. But I can imagine that, being in Trisha’s place, I would have been intimidated too. I’ve never been a big fan of singing in front of people in the music business, and especially other singers. If I were to look out and see somebody like Merle Haggard or George Jones staring at me from the front row, I’d probably suddenly remember something I needed to go do someplace else!
My mother’s maiden name was Elizabeth Smith. She didn’t have a middle name. All her friends called her “Lib.” My dad was known as “Jim,” but his full name was James William Anderson, Jr. I am James William Anderson III.
Boy, that would be great, but right now we haven't made any plans in that regard. With Brad, though, I've learned that some of his best moments are totally unscripted. If he should decide to show up somewhere during that weekend, he would certainly be most welcome.
I always appreciate your questions. Keep 'em coming
It's best to never say never, but I can't imagine a case in which I would agree to do that. My time outside the spotlight is very precious to me, and I've never felt an urge or a need to share that time with the world.
When I read your question, the first thing that popped into my mind was a Sunday afternoon many years ago at a place called Ponderosa Park near Salem, Ohio. There was a warm-up band onstage just before us, and as a finale to their show, they did a TRIBUTE to me! They sang about half the songs I was planning to do when I got onstage. I realized later that they were young kids who didn't know any better, and they were trying to honor me, and looking back on it now it's funny. But at the time, I was in no laughing mood!
I could plead temporary insanity, but I won't. Actually, it wasn't even written as a song. We were sitting on the bus outside the auditorium where we had been booked for a concert one Sunday afternoon, and a fan offered to go get us some sandwiches. She was driving a Chevy Super Sport and told me it was a stick shift. While she was gone, I went to the back of the bus and starting making up this story where as many words as possible started with the letter "s." When she returned, I took my writings up front and read them to the band....just trying to amuse everybody more than anything. When I got back to Nashville, just for fun I took the lyric in and read it to Buddy Killen, who was producing my records at the time.
He laughed and said, "I love it. Let's record it." I said, "But it's not a song. It doesn't even have a melody." He walked over to his piano, started playing a few chords and said, "It'll have one in a minute." Sure enough, he finished the melody, and the next thing I knew we were in the studio recording it.
Keep your questions coming. It's always fun to hear from you.
No we didn't. I don't think Ferlin ever tried to write many songs, although he was a marvelous singer and a great interpreter of other people's songs.
Your question is not off base at all. There are all kinds of different ways to compose a song, but I would say that in country music, most of us write the lyrics first and let the lyrics suggest a melody. For example, if you're telling a happy story, you want a happy sounding melody to match. And the same with a sad song. You might try finding someone in your community who is a good musician and let them match melodies to your lyrics.That happens a lot in our business. See Question #3.
That someone will ask me a question like this and I won't have an answer! Seriously, I don't know if I have any one large, over-riding fear. I had a wooden ladder give 'way beneath me when I was a teenager, so I am a little spooked by those, but overall I figure fear is a type of worry. And I believe that worry is the opposite of faith. So I choose to have faith instead.
I always enjoy receiving your questions. I hope you'll keep 'em coming and I'll keep trying to answer as best as I can.
You cannot believe how many times I get this question...and I've even addressed it in this space. However, folks keep right on asking. The Opry's official response continues to be, "We are currently on a production hiatus and plan to return to the air (soon) with new episodes." I think they tried streaming the show a couple of times, but for some reason they have not continued to move forward in that area. Believe me, when we know anything more than this, you'll be the first to know.
You're half right regarding Jimmy Gateley. He passed away back in 1985 at the far too young age of 53. However, he was never married to Lorrie Morgan. Snuffy Miller died a couple of years ago. Jimmy Lance is still in Nashville, having played guitar with Eddy Arnold until Eddy's death. Sonny Garrish continues to be one of the top steel guitar players in all of country music. They were each valued members of my Po' Boys band at one time.
It would depend on the individual song as to why it might be done. Most of the time I would say it's for emphasis...the writer has a particular point he or she is trying to drive home. A song like "Big Bad John," for example, wouldn't be nearly as effective without the constant repeating of,"Big John....Big John....Big bad John." Some songs, like the old folk ballad, "Tragic Romance," never have the title inside the lyric at all. Repeating certain words or phrases does not mean the songwriter was lazy. It's just the method that particular writer chose at that particular time to try and best tell that particular story. (See how I repeat "particular" words sometimes? I guess I'm lazy!)
Thanks for your questions. Keep 'em coming.
Not in the least. Conway, Porter, Dolly, Loretta...these are all unique first names that don't require a surname for a country fan to know who they are. Bill is a pretty common name and can't really be used like that. In recent years, though, lots of my friends and fellow artists have taken to calling me, "Whisper," so, in a way, I guess I do have a one-word handle of sorts.
I loved his music when I first heard it, and realized, like everyone else, that he was truly something unique and different. His career blossomed during my disc jockey days, and I devoted the last hour of my show every Wednesday to nothing but Elvis songs. He was that popular, and I had an audience to please. At the same time, it hurt to see some of my traditional country heroes having to suffer at the hands of this new thing called rock 'n roll. Country records stopped selling. Concerts quit drawing fans. And even the Opry had a few tough years before the pendulum began to swing back again.
"From This Pen" has never been released on a CD, but all the songs from that album will be on my boxed set coming out this fall...."Bill Anderson - The First Ten Years." I don't know about Mary Lou's record, but you can contact her at email@example.com.
Thanks for your questions. We need some new ones. Let us hear from your inquiring minds! Write firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, not at all. I got the idea one afternoon following an argument between me and my wife. I was sitting on the sofa in my living room, leaning on the arm rest. My daughter, Terri, who was about three years old at the time, walked into the room and put her little hand on top of mine. She started patting my hand as if to say, "Everything will be all right, Daddy." I was struck by the difference in the size of my hand and her tiny little fingers. That image was burned into my mind...so much so that I carried it out on tour with me and actually wrote the song a few nights later sitting on a loading dock outside an auditorium in Kansas.
If someone has ever put out such a list, I don't think I have ever seen it. Larry Black, who produces our Country's Family Reunion DVD's and television shows, put together a beautiful, full-color picture book a few years ago honoring the 29 artists who had appeared on CFR and subsequently gone home to be with the Lord. I'm sure you can contact Larry at Gabriel Communications or www.cfrvideos.com and learn more. Anybody out there know of another list??
Yes, and the same thing goes for a collection of recordings by various artists. Each artist gets a pro rated share, and usually under what is called a "Favored Nations" agreement. That assures that no one artist gets more than any other artist and that the royalties are equally divided.
Thanks for your questions and keep them coming. Several of you have told me you're having trouble sending them to email@example.com, so if that's the case, trying sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. That should work.
Absolutely not. All you need to do is to obtain a license from the publisher of the song. That costs you nothing. If it's a real old gospel song, you might check and see if it is old enough to have gone into the Public Domain. In that case, you could claim your own arrangement on the song and not have to obtain a license from anyone.
Wow, what a question! I've never thought about it before, but I guess if God wanted me to write such a song, He would give me the guidance as to what I should say. It should probably be a prayer for peace, love, tolerance, forgiveness...all the things that seem to be in short supply these days. Maybe an attitude of "we're all in this together," so let's try to understand and help one another as we go through each new day. And it should be laced with thankfulness for the blessings we have already received. No wonder I've never written it....it's a mighty big subject.
That would be a wonderful collection, at least from my point of view, but it would take a lot of people cooperating with one another to make it happen. The records were on many different record labels, and each label would have to be contacted and willing to share the income from such a project with all the other labels involved. It's certainly not an impossible project, but it would require a someone taking the bull by the horns and making it happen. Any bull-tamers listening??
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We are mailed royalty statements anywhere from two to four times per year, and if we are due money, a check is usually attached to the statement. At least, that was always the traditional method. With the advent of the internet, though, it's now becoming more and more popular for the transactions to be handled online.
Not always. We have to consider each trip individually.For example, if we're going to California for one show, as we did for the Stagecoach Festival last year, obviously we fly. If we are working a series of concerts over a period of several days, we usually take a bus. If I'm doing an acoustical tour with only one or two musicians, we most likely fly. I actually prefer to take the bus because I get more rest than I do when I'm chasing airplanes. And I have space to carry more of my "junk" with me.
I am not recording a tribute album myself, but I've been asked to contribute one song to such a project that is being produced by my friends at Heart Of Texas Records. I wrote a song that was fairly successful for Kitty many years ago (Top Ten 1962) called, "We Missed You," and I will be singing that song on the record. I'm not sure who the other artists will be and I've not been given a list of the other song titles as yet, but as I learn more, I'll keep you posted. I am honored to have been asked to participate. Kitty is one of the true giants of our business and a very dear and special lady.
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No, it's not true. Each artist is paid according to the terms of his or her individual recording contract. Songwriters receive 50% of the monies paid to the publishers, which means the publisher receives the other half. It's a very intricate and complicated system which has been made even more complex in recent years with the advent of the internet. There's not enough time nor space to explain it fully here. And besides, I'd probably still get it wrong.
My Po' Folks Band currently consists of Les Singer (guitar & banjo), Pat Severs (steel guitar), Kenzie Wetz (fiddle & vocals), James Freeze (bass and vocals), Ziggy Johnson (keyboards and vocals), and Cotton Payne (drums). When I do acoustical shows, the trio is myself, Rex Schnelle (guitar & vocals) and Paul Cookson (percussion).
Good question. You know that old saying about the best laid plans of mice and men? Well, this falls into that category. I have had the best of intentions regarding those books, but my time just seems to have been put to use elsewhere lately. Hopefully, at some point this year, I will have some news regarding these books and perhaps even another one. Stay tuned.
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I addressed this question in my online Journal a few weeks ago, but some of you must have missed it because you continue to ask. Carol Lee has had some health issues, and has taken a leave of absence from singing and performing. We all hope, as does she, that she will be able to return shortly. We miss her just as you do.
There were quite a few different members of my band during the seventies, and several of them, sadly, have passed away. Those include Jimmy Gateley (fiddle, guitar, bass, & vocals), Snuffy Miller, Doug Renaud, and Randy Hauser (drums), Woody Woodard and Bob Watts (piano), Randy Bethune (guitar, banjo, & vocals) and James Price (bus driver). I've lost track of some, while others like Sonny Garrish (steel), and Gregg Galbraith (guitar), still live in Nashville and continue to play music.
I have two gospel CD's out plus several inspirational songs that I've recorded over the years, but there is no one CD with all of them on it. I have almost 50 such recordings, so I should probably get busy and put them all into a Gospel Greats collection and make them available. Remind me to do that when things slow down a bit....which I hope will be in my lifetime.
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Yes, I have played there many times over the years, but not recently. Portland used to be a regular stop on any tour we'd play through the northwest and western Canada. I also recall having played the Oregon State Fair in Salem years ago. On my last trip into your beautiful state, I got fogged in for three days in Medford. No planes could get in or out. I finally rented a car and drove (very carefully) to Redding, California. I figured if I couldn't get a plane out of there I could always bunk in with Merle Haggard. Fortunately for him, I caught a plane.
Yes, I have written all three of my books by myself. My advice is to try and write your life's story as if you were sitting face to face with a stranger and telling that person all about yourself. Don't try to make it too fancy...just tell what happened and how if affected you. And don't worry about the movie version. When Hollywood discovers you, they'll re-write everything anyhow. And when they're through, you probably won't even recognize it..
I am not married at the present time. My first wife, Bette, passed away in 2010, and my second wife, Becky, and I were divorced in 1997.
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Thank you, but don't give me all the credit for "Gone Away." The original version of this song was recorded by one of the writers, Steve Ripley, back in 2002. I heard it last year for the first time, and it did not have the references to country music. I immediately thought how so many of our artists and songs and musical styles have "gone away" over the years, and I asked permission to add those last few verses. I have days when my "thinking well" is extremely dry, believe me, but I still keep lowering my bucket. I guess that's because when I do manage to pull it back up filled with water, it tastes so doggone good!
Yes, Jan and I stay in touch, and see each other quite often at the Grand Ole Opry and at our Country's Family Reunion get togethers.. We are e-mail buddies as well. We had seven great years of working together, and we pride ourselves on the fact that, even after all these years, we are still friends.
It all depends. No two Saturdays are alike. If one of my grandsons has a ball game, I throw on some old clothes and go cheer them on. There have been Saturdays when all three of them had a game of some kind at different locations and different times. Those days can be a bit challenging! Sometimes I hang around the house and watch a game on TV or catch up on things I don't have time to take care of during the week.. Occasionally, I'll have friends in from out of town and I'll spend time with them. Like I say, no two Saturdays are alike and, truthfully, I like it that way.
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With my boots on, I'm about 6-foot 2. Without them, I'm four-foot nine. Just kidding. I'm a little over 6'1" which seems to surprise a lot of people when they see me for the first time. Most seem to think I'm shorter.
I'll try, but first let me correct you. I first appeared on the Opry in January, 1959. In April, I appeared for the first time on the NBC radio network portion of the show. In those days, that was the "biggie."
The network portion, sometimes called "The Prince Albert Show" because Prince Albert smoking tobacco was the sponsor, was the only segment of the Opry that was rehearsed. At noon on Saturdays, the cast gathered in WSM's Studio C to go over the music, the dialogue (it was also the Opry's only scripted half-hour), and the timing. I remember watching in awe as the host for that night, Don Gibson, rehearsed his lines, producer Jack Stapp gazed anxiously at his stop watch, and stage manager Vito Pellitieri tried his best to keep us all in line..Having the rehearsal helped relax me as much as I could be relaxed at the time. I sang both sides of my first Decca record, "That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome," and "The Thrill Of My LIfe." Looking back all these years later, it truly WAS "the thrill of my life," and an experience I will never forget.
Thank you, but I left the station and moved to Nashville in 1959. You must have been listening to someone else who whispered! I was a DJ in Athens for one year (WGAU), and then in Commerce (WJJC) for almost three years. Those were some of the happiest days of my life.
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Whoa, naming my favorite co-writer would get me in loads of trouble! Truth is, though, I don't really have a favorite. Whoever I am writing with at the moment is my favorite!
I have no idea how many songs I have written, but very few of them prior to the mid-90's were co-written. For the first 30-plus years of my songwriting career I mostly flew solo. Since then, however, nearly all of my songs have been written with one or two other people. I truly enjoy the co-writing process, and will probably continue to write that way as long as others are willing to share their time and talents with me.
No, not this year. I think we all "partied out" last year at my 50th Anniversary gathering. I appreciate your asking, though, and who knows? Maybe we'll party together again one of these days.
Thank you. I happen to know that my agent is trying very hard to put together some shows in Washington state for later this year. If he nails those down, then perhaps we can extend the tour into some neighboring areas. We are also in negotiations for a couple of shows in South Dakota. I will be in Los Angeles and Phoenix, as you've already read, on the 26th and 27th of this month, as part of the CMA Songwriters Series. I love coming out west, and hope I'll be able to get out that way more in the weeks and months ahead.
Yes and no. The children toward the end of the video belong to my son, Jamey, and his wife, Beth. The lady who plays my love interest is a professional actress named Cindy Hogan. And the dog appears courtesy of a friend.
Other than staying alive? That's challenge number one! Actually, this is really a great question.. I guess my biggest challenge right now is learning how to best manage and use my time. I don't want to retire....I'd go crazy. But I don't want to work as hard as I did 25-30 years ago either. I want to balance my work time with my family time and spend the proper amount of energy on both. That in itself is quite a challenge.
You are not intruding at all. I appreciate your interest and your concern. The type of cancer that Gabe has is extremely rare in children, and the doctors have been puzzled as to how it might best be treated. So far, the treatments appear to have kept him in a holding pattern. In other words, he's not any better, but he's, thankfully, not any worse. They are discussing now trying a new treatment on him that has been successful with many adults in whom this cancer is more common. The concern there is that it might be too strong for a child to absorb. We continue to hope and to pray for guidance and for healing. Your thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated.
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Truthfully, I have no idea. Since I'm in my stage clothes standing in front of a record display, I'm thinking the picture might have been taken at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, perhaps following a performance on the Midnight Jamboree. If anybody knows who the lady is...or if it's YOU...please let me know. Thanks.
Thanks for your loyalty in coming to see us. I don't want to wear out my welcome in Commerce or anywhere else for that matter. But I do hold a special place in my heart for that community and its people. I'd like to bring my acoustical show there sometime...maybe in 2013. It would show a side of me that the folks there haven't seen, and would be a perfect fit inside the PAC. We'll work on it.
Yes, I enjoyed it very much, and feel that I made some lasting friendships from my appearances there….including people like Betty White, Richard Dawson, Gene Rayburn and others. It’s sad that so many of them have since passed away. The Hollywood folks were awfully nice to this Nashville "outsider."
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Thank you. I do it when somebody asks for it, and I do it from time to time on the Opry as well. It’s such a sad song that I usually wait until I know somebody wants to hear it before I sing it.
The song is called “Sunny Gem,” and it was recorded by my Po’ Boys Band many years ago. The album it came from was called “The Po’ Boys Pick Again,” which was Decca Records #74884. It would only be available today somewhere like e-Bay or through a record collector as it has long been out of print.
Not that I am aware of. There were two different parodies to "Still," one by Sheb Wooley as Ben Colder and a later one by Don Bowman. Because the three of us were all on different labels, I never saw them issued back-to-back, but perhaps they were.
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I am a chronic button-pushing dial-changer. I listen to a lot of instrumental jazz, especially when I'm driving and want to just ride along and think. I listen to bluegrass, to country gospel when I can find it, and I listen to a lot of sports talk radio. I find that with so many local stations these days, plus Sirius-XM, I am seldom at a loss to find something that entertains me.
Most of the time it's my Po' Folks Band plus Jimmy Capps on guitar and Jimmy's wife, Michelle, adding to the background vocals. If Jimmy is unable to go for some reason, Mike Severs, twin brother of my steel player, Pat Severs, usually fills in. On the Family Reunion Cruises, the band that you see on the TV show goes along.
It's not so much a nickname as it is a reflection of the character role he plays on Larry's Country Diner. He is supposedly the town sheriff who just happens to hang around the Diner and manages to pick a pretty mean guitar on the side. Jimmy is truly one of the very best.
Wow....maybe I should hire you to produce it! Sounds as though you know exactly what you want to hear. I'm hoping to get back into the recording studio and begin working on a new CD later this year, and I'll certainly keep your suggestions in mind. Choosing songs and deciding on arrangements for an album is not an easy job, especially when fans have all different kinds of musical tastes. It's impossible to please everybody, but we try.
Jeanne retired from the country music business several years ago, jokingly telling her friends that she was on "maternity leave!" The last time I saw her, she said she and her husband are enjoying the quiet life on their property south of Nashville, and that she's still gardening and cooking that great country food that she is known for. We miss her, too, especially at the Opry and at our Family Reunion gatherings.
"Find something you like doing so much that you'd do it for nothing. Then learn to do it so well that they'll pay you, and you've got it made."
And, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." - Philipians 4:13
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Being elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Free, if possible. And strong. Then I mix in some sweetener, some flavored creamer (hazelnut and french vanilla are my favorites), and a dash of cinnamon. Ahhhh....
The quality of life. We have four distinct seasons, a diverse economy, and an area full of warm, wonderful people. It has been a great place to raise a family. I couldn't picture myself ever living anywhere else.
I would hope to be in some form of mass communications, either in radio, television, or in writing for a newspaper or magazine.
My daughter, Terri, sat in the circle with us on the "Second Generations" taping a couple of years ago, but none of my children ever wanted to sing or perform professionally. My oldest granddaughter, Rae Robeson, plans to pursue a musical career, but she is into Broadway-style singing and dancing which is a long way removed from country. I try to never say "never," but right now I don't see any of them fitting into the Family Reunion format.
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How well I know!! And, yes, I've thought about it, but mostly in my dreams. I don't think I could have a "hit" record today given the current trend of radio playing only the younger artists and the newer style of country music. At the same time, if I were to discover an old song that I could put a fresh coat of paint on, I would have no problem recording it. My eyes and ears are always open.
No we are not. We did the City Lights Festival there for ten years (1997-2007) in an effort to raise money to build a Performing Arts Center for the town. That center was completed a couple of years ago, and we performed there for the Grand Opening and dedication ceremony. Hopefully, we'll get to go back sometime soon, but there's nothing definite on the schedule yet.
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Thank you. Over the years, they have been filmed in several different locations, but for the past five or six years they have all been done at Northstar Productions here in Nashville. These folks have a wonderful facility with lots of space for all the things we need....like dressing rooms, make-up rooms, and a great place to eat breakfast and lunch! Come to think of it, the eating space...with free seconds and free refills...may be the best thing of all!!
Ooops, that's another one that I should have put on the list. I didn't write "Candy Apple Red," but I recorded it because I thought it painted such a vivid picture and told a story that would touch a lot of people. I never even released it as a single, but it has been a meaningful song in my career just the same.
Wow, that's a tough question, but I would probably have to say "Golden Guitar." I could make a good case for others like "Peanuts & Diamonds," "But You Know I Love You," "That's What Made Me Love You" (with Mary Lou Turner), "Don't She Look Good," and more, but "Golden" tells such a powerful story and has had such a long-lasting impact. I'd probably have to choose that one.
I made that change in 1977 when I first added females to my band. I found out real quick that the girls did not want to be called boys!!
Wow, what a great question! Sometimes I do, and other times I don't. For example, when I was writing "The Cold Hard Facts Of Life" years ago, I was just as surprised by the ending as a listener who might be hearing it for the first time. Other songs start out with a well-defined road map and don't vary from it very much. I enjoy it either way.
That would have been "Mama Sang A Song" in July, 1962, so I would have been 24-years old.
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Of course. I'm honored anytime anybody asks to have a picture made with me. These days I am enjoying having fans send me copies of pictures we made together back in the early days of my career. None of us have aged, of course! Speaking of that, don't forget to scroll to the bottom of our newsletters each month to look at the pictures. We usually try to include at least one oldie-but-goodie in the mix. We've got a rare one this time.
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Well, I can tell you that the rumor is true. I don't have a lot of the details just yet, but I can tell you it will be the weekend of October 18th-19th in Montgomery, Alabama and will be held in conjunction with my friends at the Hank Williams Museum there. As soon as more information is made available to me, I'll be sharing it with you. I'm looking forward to it.
We continue to record new shows every year, and plans are now for us to do our next two series in June, 2013. You'll begin to see segments from our 2012 "Kinfolk" series on RFD-TV very soon. Following that, will come our "Salute To The Grand Ole Opry" which was also recorded last year. Like many shows on TV, we try to offer 26-weeks of new programming each season and repeat each of them one time.
Yes, unless they are taping my portion for TV and want me to do a specific song or songs to fit the theme of the television show. Most of the time I get to choose. I try to mix up the old ones with the newer ones...the fast ones with the slower ones. I also try to do requests whenever I can. Sometimes the process is not as easy as it sounds.
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What would we call it, "Walk In Frontwards?" Somehow that just doesn't have much of a ring to it. I appreciate your confidence in me, but so far I can't think of any way to do what you have suggested. I'll keep thinking about it, though, and if I strike gold, I promise to share it with you!
Of course I like you...and I love touring in Pennsylvania! If you'll look back over the list of places you mentioned having seen us, I don't think any of them are in business anymore. It's hard for me to play a place that's gone out of business! We ARE coming to York, Pennsylvania, on December 14th this year, and to Lebanon, PA. on the 15th. I hope you'll come see us when we're there.
We are not encouraging get-well cards and letters at this time because the disease Gabe has, a very rare form of cancer, is not like having a broken bone or the chicken pox. He is facing a long period of time where the only signs of "getting well" will be his blood counts and, hopefully, other signs of remission. If you'll just whisper his name in your prayers that would be the best medicine you could give him. Thank you.
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I did record "Suppertime" several years ago, but it was after 1966 which was the cut-off date for songs to be included in the box set. I doubt that my recording could be found these days as it was on an independent project that was never widely distributed. I need to record it again someday because quite a few folks still ask for it.
On most of our shows Hank Singer plays fiddle, but Joe Spivey has also filled in from time to time as has Aubrey Haynie. No, Hank is not related to Mike nor is he related to the acoustical guitar player in the band with the same last name, Les Singer.
Yes, he's one and the same, and I'm extremely proud of his recent success. One of the songs he sang at our dinner that night is on his new CD which will be released August 6th. It's a song about his hometown called, "Signs." He and I co-wrote it along with Brad Crisler. I hope you'll want to check it out. The album is called "Bring You Back."
I'm not sure that an entire book like that would be of interest to very many people, but I will definitely cover that topic in my updated autobiography. Not every song has a story behind it, and yet some of them have exceptional stories behind them. We'll try to sift through them and write about those that we think might be of the most interest to the most people.
I don't know if you'd call this an "achievement" or not, but of all the things I've been blessed with in my life I am proudest of my three children. Because of the nature of my business, I wasn't always there for them, but they each turned out to be wonderful, responsible people....probably in spite of me and not because of me. They, and my eight grandchildren, are the lights of my life.
You've been listening to my song, "Wherever She Is," haven't you? When I first came to Nashville I had to get used to all my music business friends having unlisted...or non-published...telephone numbers. It was a necessity, of course, but growing up in a household where incoming phone calls were important and even encouraged, I wasn't used to it. One day Roger Miller said to me, "My career is so hot I'm going to have to get an unlisted driveway!" I thought that was one of the funniest lines I had ever heard, and when the opportunity came along to use it in a song, I did.
Yes to both questions. We are going in the studio in November to tape a God & Country CFR special full of both gospel and patriotic music. Then I'll be joining Ricky Skaggs to co-host a CFR Bluegrass Special as well. I was told last week that some new road shows are being booked, too, but I can't give you specific dates and cities just yet.
We were flying back from Minnesota last Friday, so I wasn't there, but I'm told he came to the Opry, sang "Family Reunion," and looked great. Not bad for a 92-year old man who has been taking radiation treatments. Everyone was thrilled to see him. The Opry just has a special glow to it when he's in the building.
Well, the folks at Heart Of Texas Records tell me that it is. In addition to my song, they have songs cut for the project by Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Jan Howard, George Hamilton IV, Rhonda Vincent, the Whites, and more, and they're hoping, in their words, to "wrap it up soon." When I have more details, I'll be sure to let you know. But is IS on the way.
Your assumption is right. Somewhere in the Garth Brooks era, radio discovered it could attract both a younger and a larger audience if they focused primarily on the younger artists and their newer music. I don't know that any one person made that decision...it was something that just seemed to catch fire all across the country at the same time. I don't think mainstream country radio would play a new Bill Anderson single today. I wish they would prove me wrong, but I'm not holding my breath.
For years, Connie and I were on different record labels and couldn't record together. The only thing we ever did together in the studio was the original demo of a duet I wrote called "Our Hearts Are Holding Hands" that was later recorded by Ernest Tubb & Loretta Lynn. Neither Connie nor I are great harmony singers, so I don't know how well our voices might blend. It's an interesting thought, though, and I appreciate your bringing it up.
Oh, but you'd be surprised what the kids know today! In fact, it's the kids who have discovered vinyl and have helped create its resurgence. Kids seem to be able to figure out what's "real" in life quicker than adults sometimes, and the sound of recorded music pressed onto vinyl is much more "real" than that of processed digital tracks burned onto a compact disc. With this thought in mind, I truly believe if and when traditional country music ever makes a comeback, the kids will be the ones who "discover" it and lead the charge.
Thank you. Mostly I quit wearing them because they all shrunk and didn't fit anymore! Isn't it funny how clothes will do that as we get older? Actually, I do still wear some of them occasionally at the Opry and sometimes out on tour. If I had back all the money I spent buying those things for me and my band, I'd be writing this from my oceanfront home in the Caribbean!
Well, for one thing he was George Jones! At the same time, radio did stop playing his music several years prior to his passing. You can go back and read some of his comments about it at the time. He wasn't too thrilled with the way he and other traditional artists were treated during his last few years.
Suzanne Alexander has interviewed Whisperin' Bill for the show called "Great American Playlist", which will air on Thursday, December 12th, on GAC-TV at 12noon/Eastern.
Among topics of conversation are songwriting and Bill's new CD "LIFE", which is now available on Red River Entertainment/Sony Red via all digital outlets.
Nobody knows 100% for sure who makes those decisions, but I suspect it's a combination of people within the Opry hierarchy that would include Pete Fisher, Steve Buchanan, and Colin Reed. Maybe others are involved. I honestly don't know. Elizabeth is a great country singer as well as being a lovely and talented lady. She makes guest appearances on the Opry quite frequently, so the folks in charge are obviously aware of her talents.
Thank you. I think every singer in the world would like to team up with Gene and why not? His is one of the best voices ever. I've never spoken with him about it, but if the right song were to come along at the right time, I'd bring it up. I'll bet, though, that he'd much rather look across the microphone and see Rhonda Vincent!