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 Who Bill Anderson
 What Nashville's Whisperin' Bill Anderson To Be Inducted Into America's Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame In Iowa
 When July 16, 2010
 Where Nashville, TN
 Source National Traditional Country Music Association

It was announced today, by the National Traditional Country Music Association President, Bob Everhart, that Bill Anderson, star of the Grand Ole Opry and award winning songwriter/singer, is going to make the trek to LeMars, Iowa, in early September, for two specific reasons.

"First off," Everhart said, "Mr. Anderson is a good will Ambassador for Nashville. He has firsthand knowledge of how the clean-up operation is doing after the flood, and he also has firsthand knowledge about how Nashville is back in 'business as usual.' It seems the 'media' pretty much exploded and exploited the flood and all the damage, in many news stories, and then pretty much left it hanging there. There are some folks in Iowa who still think Nashville is underwater, and of course that is not true anymore."

"Bill Anderson is one of the most enduring and talented songwriters, and recording artists, in country music," Everhart points out. "He wrote his first hit song "City Lights" at the age of 19. That song was soon recorded by Ray Price -- and not only did it become an immediate hit back then, it still remains as one of today's most popular country classics. Mr. Anderson came into his own as a Decca recording artist in the early 60's with an undeniable number of hits, among them "Po' Folks" which was an instant hit in the upper Midwest.

He joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1961, and has remained an icon on that program ever since. He has also been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Georgia Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the South Carolina Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.

In addition, he has performed as an actor on several network TV soap operas; appeared in a number of movies; hosted numerous network game shows; hosted countless radio and TV shows; authored several books; and won a wagon-load of awards!"

"The second reason Mr. Anderson is making the trek to Iowa this fall, is to be inducted into "America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame." This Hall of Fame, located in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa, since 1976, has already inducted hundreds of deserving individuals and groups that have made a positive contribution to what the early meaning of 'country' music really meant. Heartfelt songs and heartfelt renderings of them. The museum and Hall of Fame was created by rural folks, small-town people, farmers, truckers, small-town business folks, and just ordinary Americans who like their country music 'country.' Bill Anderson is a most deserving individual to be part of this undertaking. One of the major rules when the Board of Directors set this up, way back in 1976, was that the individual being honored, had to stand before the membership of the National Traditional Country Music Association, and accept that memberships standing ovation of appreciation for the contributions made to the music they love and respect.

Whisperin' Bill Anderson is expected to be at their festival on Friday, September 3rd, with hall of fame induction ceremonies that evening."

The award will be made at the annual 'National Old Time Country Music Festival & Pioneer Exposition of Rural Lifestyle,' in LeMars, Iowa, home of the world's largest ice cream factory, Blue Bunny Ice Cream. "We do this festival for seven days," added Everhart, "simply because there are so many great performers of what we call traditional country music. We have ten sound stages, and well over 650 performing artists coming every year. We're in our 35th year now, so it's sort of become a 'reunion' of kindred souls, especially those that have such a deep and abiding love for America's traditional and classic country music."

Dates for the festival, held at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds, are August 30-September 5, with more information available at the NTCMA website: http://www.orgsites.ia/oldtimemusic

 Contact Bob Phillips
National Traditional Country Music Association


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