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‘Whispering Bill’ Anderson coming to KPAC

BY BILL McCUTCHEON POST-INTELLIGENCER ​ ​ ​

Country Music Hall of Fame member “Whispering Bill” Anderson will be on the Krider Performing Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. July 26.

General admission seating is $35 in advance while premier seating is $45: both types will be $5 more at the door.

Advance tickets may be purchased at Merison’s Value Furniture, 202 Memorial Drive and Paris Civic Center, 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Advance tickets may also be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. 

Anderson is best known for hit songs like “Po’ Folks,” “Mama Sang a Song,” “The Tips of My Fingers” and the unforgettable country/pop hit “Still.”

“I’ll have my band with me,” Anderson said in a phone interview Tuesday, “and will be doing a different kind of show — slow ones, oldies as well as other singer’s songs.”

The songs he has written have been recorded by numerous other artists. 

“One of the most unusual was (soul singer) James Brown’s recording of ‘Still,’” he said.

With a soft vocal style instantly recognizable on country radio, Anderson has a long list of unprecedented accolades and awards to his name.

With more than 40 studio albums released, his latest, “Anderson,” features the hit “Waffle House Christmas.”

He has celebrated seven number ones on the charts.

When asked to name his favorite songwriter, Anderson said “There’s just so many — Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall and Roger Miller, to name just four.”

Anderson, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame, is the only known songwriter in the history of country music to achieve an entry on the country charts for seven consecutive decades. He was also the first recipient of the BMI (Broadcast Music Incorprated) Icon Award.

“I was fortunate to have Owen Bradley as my producer for almost twenty years, and Buddy Killen after Bradley,” he said.

He continues to be an integral part of the “Country Family Reunion” television series as emcee.