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).
“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.