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Review: Bill Anderson compelling on 72nd career studio album ‘Anderson’ (Includes first-hand account)

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.

Anderson is available on iTunes.

The Verdict

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.

To learn more about Grand Ole Opry star, Country Music Hall of Famer, and Songwriters Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, check out his official website.

Written By

Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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