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Bill Anderson Recruits Willie Nelson, Bobby Bare, Jimmy Fortune, And Vince Gill For ‘The Country I Grew Up With’

‘So far as I can determine, this is the first country record in history featuring five members of the Country Music Hall of Fame performing on one song,’ says Anderson.

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Bill Anderson - Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Bill Anderson - Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Bill Anderson has recruited four fellow Country Hall of Famers—Bobby Bare, Jimmy Fortune, Vince Gill, and Willie Nelson—for a new collaboration, “The Country I Grew Up With.” The track is out now via MCA Nashville/UMe.

“The Country I Grew Up With” is co-written by Anderson, Bobby Tomberlin, and Lance Miller. The track is produced by Anderson and Thomas Jutz. Additionally, it features a stellar lineup of musicians including John Gardner (drums), Thomm Jutz (guitars), James Gordon Freeze (bass), Dirk Johnson (piano), Tammy Rogers (fiddle), and Scotty Sanders (pedal steel guitar).

The Country I Grew Up With

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“So far as I can determine, this is the first country record in history featuring five members of the Country Music Hall of Fame performing on one song. I am so proud that Willie and Vince and Jimmy and Bobby wanted to join me in taking this nostalgic look over our collective shoulders. I just hope it stirs up fond memories for everyone who hears it,” Anderson shared.

Nelson added, “Being a part of ‘The Country I Grew Up With’ is like taking a trip down memory lane. I’m proud to be a part of this musical tribute to the country we all grew up with.”

“I’m so proud to be a part of the song ‘The Country I Grew Up With.’ I got to team up with Bill Anderson, Vince Gill, Bobby Bare and Willie Nelson to sing this song. Just to be a part of this and have someone mention my name in the same sentence as those guys is quite an honor, much less to sing this song with them.

“I was so happy when Bill Anderson called me up and asked me to be a part of it—I really couldn’t believe it. It’s one of the highlights of my life. ‘The Country I Grew Up With’ holds a great message: just like everybody else that’s lived the things that we’ve lived and seen the things that we’ve seen, I miss the country I grew up with, and I know you’re going to love the song as much as we all did doing it,” Fortune noted.

Gill reflected, “When I moved to Nashville, I had the good fortune to meet Bill, and we wrote a hit song together. What I’m most grateful for is his friendship. I’m honored that he asked me to be on this song with him and our fellow Country Music Hall of Famers.”

“Singing on ‘The Country I Grew Up With’ brought back so many memories. Bill has always had a way with words. I’m thankful for our longtime friendship and to have been included on this song,” mentioned Bare.

Buy or stream “The Country I Grew Up With.”

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Patricia

    November 18, 2023 at 7:18 am

    Love it. It made me cry and I was thinking about sweet Dad. Sure do miss him. Love Vince Gills voice. He has a twang and a lonesome whippoorwill to his voice. I remember when we took my Dad to the Grand Ole Opry for his 75th. Birthday. The next day was Father’s Day and his birthday. Bill Anderson sang the last song of the night. It was That Silver haired Daddy of mine.i could see tears in my Dad’s and Aunt’s eyes. Their dad(My Grandpa) use to sing that song when they were, little.He also played the guitar. Good memories. God bless our Beautiful Country.

  2. Kurt Zumdick

    November 18, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    So good to hear from Bobby Bare

  3. Connie

    November 19, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Loved it. I wish we could have the country we grew up in.

  4. Yvonne

    November 20, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    I love the song you just sang i wish we had a music station that play more of the country i grew you could sing with and enjoy listen to. Thank you for bring back so many memories. We miss you all so much

  5. Sue Scdoris

    November 20, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    I. Heard the song very. Beautiful but sad thanks to all b if you who helped the LEGEND OF country and gospel music@ whispering Bill.Anderson GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU WE PRAY WE LOVE ALL OF YOU AMEN @ SUE SCDORIS MODERATOR THANKS.

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