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Premiere: Bill Anderson Offers Hopeful, Inspirational 'It's a Good Day to Have a Good Day'

Before COVID-19 forced him to stay off the road, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and Grand Ole Opry member Bill Anderson brightened his live set with a new ray of country sunshine titled "It's a Good Day to Have a Good Day."

The song, written in early 2019, gets an official release this Friday (Oct. 30).

"I wanted a new opening song that I could do that maybe I could get the audience involved a little bit," Anderson says. "So I fooled around with this song and we started playing it on our road shows. People would get really into it and sing it back to me. It became a really good opening song, and people started coming up to me after shows and asking me where they could get the record."

Anderson and his band recorded the song right before the pandemic forced them to indefinitely pause touring plans.

"We finished it in February, very fortunately," Anderson adds. "I felt like the longer I lived with it and the longer this thing drug on, maybe this is a good, positive message we need to put out there and let the folks hear it and listen to it and hopefully draw some comfort and inspiration."

With live performances off the table, Anderson's found ways to stay productive while staying safe. Zoom chats with old friends have led to new songs co-written with Brad Paisley and Steve Wariner.

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Anderson remains one of Nashville's best songwriters decades after he bolstered the Hall of Fame resumes of Ray Price ("City Lights"), Connie Smith ("Once a Day") and other country artists. Whisperin' Bill Anderson's success as a solo artist dates back to his first No. 1, 1962's "Mama Sang a Song." He also sang hit duets with Mary Lou Turner and the late Jan Howard.

More recent examples of his songwriting talent include "Whiskey Lullaby" (Paisley and Allison Krauss), "Give It Away" (George Strait), "A Lot of Things Different" (Kenny Chesney) and "Which Bridge to Cross" (Vince Gill).

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