“I’m just sitting here, trying to figure out how a city that’s recovering from a flood can be in a drought,” said Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, talking from home.
After more than a half century of writing songs, Anderson is used to examining life’s ironies. He lives out some of those ironies as well. Without a technically strong singing voice he has become one of country music’s most recognizable and respected performers and a regular highlight-maker at the Grand Ole Opry. And in a largely youth-dominated music industry, he retains a dominant songwriting presence.
Whisperin' BILL Anderson will be among BILL Cody's guests on Friday morning, July 2nd, during WSM's special remote broadcast from the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville.
Anderson is scheduled to appear between 9:15 - 10:00am/Central when he will be visiting with host Bill Cody about his new CD "Songwriter", in addition to doing a brief acoustical performance.
The entire event will be streamed "live" over wsmonline.com
A bus leased by Whisperin' Bill Anderson caught on fire last Sunday(June 20), just as the entertainer was going on stage for a show in Branson, MO. Nobody was on board at the time, and consequently, there weren't any physical injuries but the bus was completely destroyed inside.
A few band members did suffer significant damage to their instrument cases, while everyone in the entire troupe also lost numerous valuables in the fire, including clothes that Anderson was planning to wear to Jimmy Dean's funeral.
According to the fire department, the cause of fire was determined to be electrical.
The National Traditional Country Music Association will be inducting Whisperin' Bill Anderson into its "American Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame" on September 3rd, in LeMars, Iowa during their 35th Annual Music Festival (Aug. 30 - Sept. 5). The 2010 Festival, which takes place at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, will feature over 650 performers on ten separate stages.
Anderson's NTCMA's Hall of Fame induction places him among such fellow artists as Rex Allen, Sr., Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Conway Twitty, Pee Wee King, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Tex Ritter, Roy Acuff, Jimmy Rodgers, Hank Williams, Sr., Charlie Louvin, Johnny Horton, Leroy Van Dyke, and Woody Guthrie.
For further information about NTCMA and the festival go to www.orgsites.com/ia/oldtimemusic
Whisperin' Bill helped kick off CMA Music Fest week at the Grand Ole Opry Show on Tuesday night. The show was held at the Municipal Auditorium and included stars such as Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, and Trisha Yearwood. Take a look at a few pictures from the show!
Bill Anderson has written some of country music’s all-time chilling songs. Whether it be about the cheating couple that meets their end in “The Cold Hard Facts Of Life” by Porter Wagoner, or about a father struggling to keep going after the passing of his wife in his own “Five Little Fingers,” sometimes a box of Kleenex is essential while listening to his songs. That’s why some of the cuts on his new Songwriter disc might surprise you. While a few of the tracks do have a serious lean, he also lets loose with a few songs that will tickle your fancy, as well.
“I wanted to do something a little different,” he told LimeWire Music Blog, when discussing his approach to the album.
Whisperin' Bill continues to be a favorite subject for the folks at COUNTRY WEEKLY and many of the C/W editors have gone out of their way to cover him in "numerous" forthcoming features. So, keep your eyes on the best magazine there is today about country music!
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The multi-hour guest appearance of Whisperin' Bill on Country Dan's Sirius-XM Satellite Radio show on Willie's Place this Sunday night (June 6th) has been temporarily postponed. Please watch this site for any further info about re-scheduling.