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Bill Anderson Joins The Oak Ridge Boys For New Single

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Every Sunday Morning I have the honor of reviving those great Country Classics on GNA.  One of the highlights of my weekly show is featuring new music from the legends. A reminder that the ‘verterans’ are still out there recording, touring and making great music.

This morning I was happy to debut the new single from 74 year-old Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, ‘Gone Away.’  The song features The Oak Ridge Boys and really gets to the heart of any Classic Country Music fan who misses the days of Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl. After listening to the Country Music Hall of Famer mention ‘forgotten’ moments in Country Music– like TNN, Hee Haw, Conway and Porter– I was left with bittersweet memories running through my mind, adding to the list of things that have ‘Gone Away’ in my life.

According to Bill’s website he had a chance to sing the song with The Oak Ridge Boys on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium, one final time, before the stage was actually replaced.  On February 3, 2012, Anderson and the Oaks hit the stage at the winter home of  Grand Ole Opry, where many of it’s members performed for a final time on the Ryman’s current stage, which is being replaced after 61 years of literally being “stepped on” by the stars!  This was their first-ever live rendition, and Whisperin’ Bill appropriately dedicated their performance to the stage and noted that it, too, would be ‘gone away’ after the show.

Produced by Buddy Cannon, ‘Gone Away’was co-written by Bill Anderson, Steve Ripley, Tim DuBois, and John Wooley and offers countless reflections of people, places, and things that no longer exist in today’s world. You can get the song from iTunes

Remember our interview with The Oak Ridge Boys? Cick here.

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