It opens with his rich, baritone version of “Old Things New,” which Joe Nichols recorded for the title track of his 2009 studio album. It is followed by the haunting “Everybody Wants to Be Twenty-One,” his impressive duet with Jamey Johnson, which is country as grits. Equally beautiful is “Dixie Everywhere I Go.”
With his sincere storytelling ability, Anderson epitomizes what country music is all about: moving stories with lyrics that are pure poetry. He does that with such traditional-sounding country ballads as “Dead to You,” “Something to Believe In,” and “That’s What Made Me Love You.”
After the nostalgic and heartfelt “The Only Bible,” he shows us his witty side on the mid-tempo “Waffle House Christmas.” The 11-song collection closes with “Thankful,” where he expresses his sincere gratitude for all the simple things in life.
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Overall, Bill Anderson proves that he is one timeless country singer-songwriter. Anderson marks his 72nd career studio album, and it is evident that he is a living music legend and one true song stylist. Bill Anderson shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This album is a testament to his longevity in the country music industry and his unmatched work ethic. Well done. Anderson garners an A rating.