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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).
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