Thanks for checking out the 241st episode of The ETX ROCKS Show! Our guest today has a big show Coming to Tyler, TX on April 20th at Liberty Hall! He is easily one of the most prolific songwriters of any genre and any generation! With songs like “City Lights” “Still”, “Po’ Folks”, “Tips of My Fingers”, “Whiskey Lullaby” and “A Lot of Things Different” in his repertoire, “Whisperin” Bill Anderson has been writing songs since the late 1950’s. He is a member of The Grand Ol’ Opry since 1961, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and will be inducted this year in The Songwriters’ Hall of Fame! In this episode our producer Louise Leone talks with the icon about his career, his upcoming show in Tyler and much more! At the beginning of this show Bill mentions 3 Texas tour dates, the actual concerts are April 19th at The Corsicana Palace in Corsicana, April 20th at Liberty Hall in Tyler, and April 21st at Arlington Music Hall in Arlington! Don’t miss Bill Anderson on ETX ROCKS!

(Courtesy of http://billanderson.com/wired/)

Bill Anderson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but spent most of his growing-up years around Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, having worked his way through college as a disc jockey on nearby radio stations. It was while he was still in school that he began performing and writing songs. At the age of nineteen, he composed the country classic, “City Lights,” and began rapidly carving his place in musical history.

He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, secured a recording contract with Decca Records, and began turning out hit after hit with songs like “Po’Folks,” “Mama Sang A Song,” “The Tips Of My Fingers,” “8X10,” and the unforgettable country and pop smash, “Still.” His compositions were recorded by such diverse musical talents as Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, James Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Ivory Joe Hunter, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Walter Brennan and many others.

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