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John Anderson is a rare artist who can consistently surprise and delight us without severing his
musical roots or resorting to gimmicks.
Acknowledged as country music's "first New Traditionalist," John also numbers many rock stars among his admirers.
Most country performers sing about the rural life, but Anderson deliberately and passionately lives it. "When I decided to move out to Smithville (Tennessee)," John says, "one of the main reasons was to get somewhere that I thought was conducive to good country music. It was for the creativity. I moved there as a songwriter. I thought that just being in the country and living a country life might be a way to come up with some good, honest country music."
He creates music for every man yet he sings like no other man.
"I probably will be country 'til I die, the way it's looking," he says with a chuckle. Then he adds, pointedly, "It's cool to be country these days, but it's been pretty cool and hip for me for all these years. I was very
fortunate to get an early start."
Early indeed. The Florida native first came to Nashville at 17. Within a few years, he and artists like
Emmylou Harris were re-establishing the primacy of pure country music and paving the way for the New Traditionalists movement of the early 80's.
After winning the Country Music Association's prestigious "Horizon" award in 1983, Anderson stayed true to his roots through several lean years before seeing his faith rewarded with one of the most stunning career turn-arounds in country music history the huge success of "Seminole
Wind" and "Solid
Ground," capped by the 1994 ACM Career Achievement award.
John Anderson's success in recent years has enabled him to focus to an even greater extent than before on the crucial process of writing and selecting songs for new albums.
"We've gained a lot of new and young fans the last couple years, people who maybe weren't around or weren't into country back in '83," he says. That, of course, is when "Swingin'" hit No. 1, on its way to becoming the No. 30 jukebox hit of all time, according to the Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA). (The Beatles' "Hey Jude" is No. 31).
Awards include --
- CMA Album of the Year 1994
- Academy of Country Music Career Achievement 1993
- Music City News Country Song of the Year 1984 for "Swingin'"
- CMA Horizon Award 1983
- CMA Single of the Year 1983 - for "Swingin'"
Hit songs include --
- Black Sheep
- Money in the Bank
- Straight Tequila Night
- Wild And Blue
- Seminole Wind
- Bend It Until It Breaks
- I've Got It Made
- She Sure Got Away With My Heart
- When It Comes To You
- I Wish I Could Have Been There
- I'm Just An Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)
- Would You Catch A Falling Star
- I Just Came Home To Count The Memories
- Let Go of the Stone
- Chicken Truck
- Honky Tonk Crowd
- Let Somebody Else Drive
- Down In Tennessee
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