The Country Music Hall of Famer Wins ARSC Award for Autobiography “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has awarded Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson and author Peter Michael Cooper with Best Historical Research In Recorded Country Music for their work Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 12, 2018 during ARSC’s annual conference.
Winners are chosen by a committee consisting of three elected judges representing specific fields of study, two judges-at-large, the review editor of the ARSC Journal and the President or past President of ARSC.
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music has received praise from fans and critics alike. Forbes deemed the book “One of the Best Autobiographies” of the past year. Anderson continues to tour and perform regularly at The Grand Ole Opry, which he has been a member of for an impressive 56 years. Most recently Anderson is featured on Brad Paisley’s new project with their song “Dying to See Her Again.” The emotional song was written by both Paisley and Anderson and is on Paisley’s album Love and War released earlier this year.
Founded in 1991, the ARSC Awards are given to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very best work today in recorded sound research. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. Two awards are presented annually in each category, for best history and best discography, and several others are acknowledged with Certificates of Merit. Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications. Additional information about the conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at www.arsc-audio.org.
BILL ANDERSON ON TOUR:
Sept 22 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center– Renfro Valley, Ky.
Sept 23 Red Barn Convention Center – Winchester, Ohio
Sept 29 Tri Lakes Center for the Arts – Palmer Lake, Co.
Sept 30 State Theatre – Red Bluff, Calif.
Oct 1 Gallo Center for the Arts – Modesto, Calif.
Oct 7 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – San Francisco, Calif.
Oct 14 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival– Hiawassee, Ga.
Dec 31 Bill Anderson and Friends – Branson, Mo.
Jan 20 The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center– Huntington, Tenn.
Jan 28 Country’s Family Reunion & Larry’s Country Diner Cruise – Galveston, Texas
Feb 16 Effingham Performance Center – Effingham, Ill.
Feb 17 Honeywell Center – Wabash, Ind.
ABOUT BILL ANDERSON:
“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.
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