Book Published by University of Georgia Press Slated for September
Pre-Order Now at BillAnderson.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 17, 2016) – As announced in The Tennessean, songwriting icon and legendary performer “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson pens the lyrics to his life in a new revealing autobiography, slated for release on September 1, 2016.
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music
is a 360-page representation of Anderson’s journey published by
University of Georgia Press featuring respected music journalist and
Grammy-nominated music producer Peter Cooper as a contributing writer.
It includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal
stories from Anderson’s nearly eighty years of living – from early days
of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest
country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being
named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre.
“I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder how one man could have
been so blessed to have crammed so much living into one lifetime. I see
the gray on my temples and instead of trying to hide it, I remember how
much fun I had putting it there. Writing it down for these pages was
almost akin to living it again, though, and I probably need to take a
deep breath, relax and go sit down in the corner. Come sit with me,
bring the book, and let me tell you about it,” said Anderson.
With the 2015 success of Mo Pitney’s “Country,” Anderson has become
the only country songwriter to tally a Top 40 hit in seven consecutive
decades, and he stands today a legendary performer poised to celebrate
his 55th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in July. The
youngest writer to ever be named “Songwriter Of The Year” (BMI) at age
23, prior to 21-year-old Taylor Swift, Anderson has certainly lived an
unprecedented life in country music. Fans, artists, songwriters and
music executives young and old revere him for his soft speaking style
that can silence a room with just a few poignant words.
But there was a time in the early 90s that Bill felt as if his words
no longer mattered. “I didn’t write much anymore because I didn’t feel
as if what I wanted to write related to what young listeners wanted to
hear,” he revealed. However, it was in 1992 that singer/songwriter Steve
Wariner helped to re-ignite Anderson’s writing career with a cover of
“Tips Of My Fingers.” The exposure the song received made Anderson test
the waters as a co-writer, and in 1994, he teamed up with Vince Gill to
write “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn).”
Gill said that as a life-long lover of songs, he had no idea what a
profound impact Bill would have on him throughout his career, and still
to this day, when he hears one of his favorite songs, he finds out that
Bill undoubtedly wrote it.
“When I asked him to write some songs with me in the early 90s, I was
shocked to hear him say he didn’t write much anymore because he didn’t
think my generation was interested in what he had to say,” Gill said.
“I told him I believed he was one of the most prolific and important
songwriters in our history, and it would mean the world to me if we
could write together. ‘Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn)’ was
the result of that collaboration, and in Bill’s words, it lit a fire to
want to keep writing with some of us kids. Well, believe me, we kids
are better songwriters because of Bill Anderson,” Gill added.
Anderson also celebrated unprecedented success in the new millennium
with the Kenny Chesney hit “A Lot Of Things Different,” George Strait’s
“Give It Away,” and the multiple CMA/ACM Award winning song, “Whiskey
Lullaby,” (2004), recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.
Paisley said, “Very few songwriters or artists will be prolific or
talented enough to enjoy 2 or maybe 3 decades of success. Bill Anderson
is going on 7. His words and melodies are a part of the very foundation
upon which country music is built.”
And even icons like Dolly Parton look up to Anderson for his legacy.
“Bill Anderson has been an inspiration to me as a writer since I was
young and new in Nashville. It was songs like ‘Still’ and “Once A Day’
that made me want to become a better writer. Bill has written so many
wonderful songs and is a major force in country music, not only as a
writer, but as an entertainer, singer and host. It would be impossible
to really measure his worth in this industry, but it’s BIG! I also love
and respect him as a gentle and wonderful human being. Though he speaks
softly, he carries a big stick and is a wise and effective businessman.
I’ve always admired him for that, too. In the words of one of my own
songs, I would like to say Bill Anderson, I will always love you,“ said
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music
jacketed cloth edition will be available for $29.95 at Barnes &
Noble, Books-A-Million, various independent book stores, and online at BillAnderson.com and Amazon.com.
To pre-order the new release, please visit www.billanderson.com. Free shipping will be applied to all orders placed prior to March 1, 2016.
About Bill Anderson
Bill “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson may be known for his soft vocal
style, but his UNPRECEDENTED accolades and awards shout from the
rooftops. He has released more than 40 studio albums, seven No. 1
singles and 29 Top 10 singles, and is a six-time Songwriter Of the Year
award-winner. As a Grand Ole Opry member for more than 50 years and a
member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 2001, Anderson is one of
the most decorated songwriters and performers in country music history
— and an UNPRECEDENTED one at that, having earned the distinction of
having an entry on the Country charts for seven consecutive decades – a
record held by no other songwriter in history. His penned hits include
“Whiskey Lullaby,” (Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss), “A Lot Of Things
Different,” (Kenny Chesney), “Give It Away,” (George Strait), and his
latest, “Country” (Mo Pitney), among others. At only nineteen, Anderson
composed his first country classic, “City Lights” in his home state of
Georgia, where he studied journalism at UGA. Anderson then moved to
Nashville, signed a recording deal with Decca Records, and began
releasing hit after hit. Fan-favorites include “Po’Folks,” “Mama Sang A
Song,” “The Tips Of My Fingers,” “8X10,” and the unforgettable smash,
“Still.” At the age of 40, he was inducted into the Nashville
Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. At age 23, he became the youngest writer to
be named Country Songwriter of the Year by BMI – a record only beat by
21-year-old Taylor Swift. In 2002, he was the first recipient of the
prestigious BMI Icon Award. UNPRECEDENTED not only as a songwriter, but
also a radio and television host, Anderson has starred on “ABC’s The
Better Sex,” “Fandango,” “Country’s Family Reunion,” “Larry’s Country
Diner,” and hosted radio shows as well as the legendary Grand Ole Opry.