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Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson will release a new album of some of the famed singer/songwriter’s hits, As Far As I Can See: The Best Of, on June 10th.  Preorder HEREThe collection of sixteen songs shares its name with the current exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bill Anderson: As Far As I Can See, and comes from the opening line of one of the first songs he ever wrote, “City Lights,” the country classic that was a hit for Ray Price in 1958 In addition to such beloved songs as “City Lights,” “Still,” Po’ Folks,” The Tip Of My Fingers,” and “Sometimes,” the album features a new song with country icon Dolly Parton, “Someday It’ll All Make Sense.” The newly recorded duet is joined by Anderson and Parton’s first-ever collaboration, an incredibly rare demo of “If It Is All The Same To You,” recorded in 1964 and eventually released as a duet with Jan Howard on Anderson’s chart-topping 1969 album of the same name. As Far As I Can See: The Best Of, is being released by MCA Nashville/UMe, which has been Anderson’s label home for most of his seven-decade long career.  The new project is being released in conjunction with the first-time digital release of seven of Anderson’s albums from the 1960s, available HERE.

“Needless to say I am thrilled over my new association with UMG.  Not only do they have 23 years’ worth of my back catalog ready to introduce to the digital world, but I am reuniting with Dolly Parton on this project,” says Anderson.  “Dolly sang some demos for me (and with me) back in the early sixties when she was new in town. One was a duet called, “If It’s All The Same To You,” which had gone missing for years. UMG has recovered it and included it along with my and Dolly’s new duet in this package. That’s called connecting the dots across more than fifty years. How cool is that?”

TRACK LIST As Far As I Can See: The Best Of:

  1. “City Lights”                                                                1961
  2. “Walk Out Backwards”                                                 1961
  3. “Three AM”                                                                 1964
  4. “Still”                                                                           1963
  5. “The Tip of My Fingers”                                               1961
  6. “I Love You Drops”                                                      1964
  7. “I Get The Fever”                                                         1966
  8. “Po’ Folks”                                                                   1961
  9. “Wild Week-End”                                                        1967
  10. “Happy State Of Mind”                                                 1968
  11. “My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)”                       1969
  12. “Sometimes” featuring Mary Lou Turner                       1975
  13. “If You Can Live With It (I Can Live Without It)”            1972
  14. “The Corner Of My Life”                                              1973
  15. “If It Is All The Same To You”                                      circa 1964

Demo featuring Dolly Parton

  1. “Someday It’ll All Make Sense”                                    2022

featuring Dolly Parton


Sings Country Heart Songs                                            1962

Still                                                                              1963

Bill Anderson Sings                                                       1964

Bill Anderson Showcase                                                1964

Bright Lights And County Music                                    1965

I Love You Drops                                                          1966

Get While The Getting’s Good                                       1967


Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry titan Bill Anderson is the rare songwriter whose first major label cut went to No. 1 on the charts, was named Song of The Year and sparked a writing career that is currently in its seventh decade. The song, “City Lights,” was written when Anderson was a 19-year-old Georgia disc jockey and became a career-defining hit for Ray Price in 1958.  The song opened doors for him in Nashville, leading him to signing with BMI and Tree Publishing. Anderson was far from a one-hit wonder. He followed “City Lights” with country standards like “The Tip Of My Fingers,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Once A Day,” “Saginaw, Michigan,” “That’s What It’s Like To Be Lonesome,” “I Missed Me,” “Cold Hard Facts Of Life,” which earned him another GRAMMY nomination, “Mama Sang A Song,” the crossover smash, “Still,” and countless others. He was voted country Songwriter of the Year six times during his first decade in Music City. His success continued into the 1970s with award-winning hits like “Slippin’ Away,” “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking,” “I May Never Get To Heaven,” and the disco-flavored, “I Can’t Wait Any Longer.” The 1980s saw Anderson’s chart-topping career take a hiatus as he became a TV network game show host, spokesman for a national restaurant chain and a nonstop touring Grand Ole Opry performer. In the 1990s he came roaring back with a vengeance, however, as he seriously turned to co-writing for the first time. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, his collaborations with the newer generation of Nashville tunesmiths resulted in hits like “Wish You Were Here,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Two Teardrops,” “A Lot Of Things Different,” for Kenny Chesney, “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn),” for Vince Gill and two CMA Song Of The Year trophies for “Whiskey Lullaby,” with Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss and George Strait’s “Give It Away,” in 2005 and 2007 respectfully. He continues to write today with songs like Brad Paisley’s “Dying To See Her.” For more information, visit


Audio / Bill Anderson is excited to be reunited with his old record label and having his records reformatted.


Bill Anderson (on UMG) OC: …at UMG. :36
“Well, I’m excited about this project for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that being on UMG Records is sort like going home for me because UMG back when I started in the late ’50s was Decca Records, then it became MCA Records, and I was part of that company for 23 years. I did over 40 albums for the company, and now to think that the new generation is going back and digging through some of those old records and bringing them to light again and releasing them in a format that wasn’t even known of back in the day. It’s really incredible. I am so excited and so happy to be a part of the team at UMG.”

Audio / Bill Anderson talks about the title of his new album, As Far As I Can See.


Bill Anderson (title of album) OC: …could see that far. (laughs) :38
“I guess the title goes back to the very first hit song that I ever wrote called ‘City Lights.’ The opening line of ‘City Lights’ is ‘the brighter ray of City Lights as far as I can see,’ and they just pulled ‘as far as I can see’ out when the Hall of Fame decided to do a Bill Anderson exhibit in 2021, and tying it in and making everything the same title with the record album, the exhibit at the Hall of Fame, the line from the song – it just sort of all made sense. But with all that’s been happening over the last few months with the new record and the exhibit, I never could see that far.” (laughs)

Audio / Bill Anderson talks about getting to record a song with Dolly Parton.


Bill Anderson (Dolly) 1 OC: …about it. :42
“Well, the first time I heard Dolly’s voice come in singing on this song, the line about ‘right now I’ve got questions without any answers,’ my goodness (laughs). I got chillbumps all over. What a wonderful thing for her to do. I understand she really likes the song. I haven’t talked to her about it actually since she recorded it, but she seems to like the song a lot and certainly she put a lot into it and added an awful lot to the record. I was really pleased with how well our voices blended. Of course, I recorded my track first and then she recorded hers, but she sang right along with me, and our voices had a unique blend that kind of reminds me of the old Porter and Dolly records, and that’s about as good a thing that I can say about it.”