Bill Anderson goes bluegrass with new disc
Friday, March 30, 2007
– Whisperin' Bill Anderson has been in the studio with producer Steve
Ivey recording his first-ever bluegrass album for IMMI Records. A 3-disc package (still untitled), the project will contain l6 songs along with interview footage from friends and associates plus a music video.
Anderson wrote eight of the songs recorded, including a newly-penned duet titled "My Perfect Reason," which the Hall of Famer sings with Dolly
Parton. Also singing with him are Willie Nelson on Anderson's "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking," a number 1 hit for Cal Smith in l973 and Vince Gill on "Slippin' Away," an Anderson classic by Jean Shepard in l974.
Ivey said, "Bill Anderson is obviously a rare talent. He has not only created 50 years worth of hit songs in the past, but also remains relevant in today's world, and the music we have just recorded together clearly shows that he is still going strong. It has, indeed, been a special privilege to work with him."
According to Ivey, the CD should be ready for release in early June and will
be available at various retail outlets including Wal-Mart and internet sites.
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