Raised in Apopka, Fla., Anderson was exposed to both rock and traditional country growing up and, as incendiary rock outfits like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Lynyrd Skynyrd honed their chops around him, learned to love (and play) both types of music. But Anderson resisted the call of rock 'n roll, electing rather to pursue his country music dreams. It was the traditional country ballads that lured him in and changes music history, songs like Porter Waggoner's "Green, Green Grass of Home."

Anderson moved to Nashville in 1972, working construction by day (including as a roofer at the Grand Ole Opry House) and playing the honky-tonks at night. He signed to Warner Bros. in 1977, and notching his first major hit in 1980 with Billy Jo Shaver's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)." Other hits, including the classic "Wild and Blue" in 1982, solidified his status as a powerful new voice in country music. "Swingin'," written by Anderson and Lionel Delmore, blew the roof off a year later, exploding to No.1 on the Billboard Country chart, propelling Anderson to the CMA Horizon Award, and becoming one of the most enduring hits in the country canon.

Anderson plowed through the ebbs and flows of country music (and the country music business) throughout the '80s, and in the early 1990s engineered one of the greatest "comeback" runs (he never really left) in the history of the genre. Seminole Wind, released on BNA, produced hit singles in "Straight Tequila Night," "When It Comes To You," "Money in the Bank," and the stirring title cut. The latter would have never been released had Anderson not stuck to his guns, a familiar refrain throughout his career as the artist has wound his way through virtually all of Nashville's major labels.

Despite his music biz travails, Anderson, who has made his home in Smithville, TN, for more than 30 years, is far from a bitter man. Rather, he feels more than blessed, and subscribes to the mentality expressed in Goldmine’s compelling “Don’t forget to Thank the Lord.”

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JOHN ANDERSON RETURNS TO THE ROAD

08.31.17
Country music hit-maker John Anderson is set to return to the stage on September 3, 2017, after rescheduling a few weekend of shows in August to undergo some medical procedures.

"I am thankful for the outpouring of prayers from friends and fans. All medical procedures went great and we'll plan on seeing you all real soon,” says John Anderson.

2017 marks the 35th anniversary of Anderson’s iconic hit “Swingin'” from his acclaimed album Wild & Blue.

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JOHN ANDERSON RECEIVES SPOTLIGHT EXHIBIT AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM

06.06.17

Anderson set to perform at Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Festival to kick-off 35th Anniversary of "Swingin"

When you look back at the history of Country Music, you will find many singers – but few stylists. One thing is for certain about the career of John Anderson. He falls in the latter category. The veteran Country performer, who has influenced countless artists since making his chart debut forty years ago, will be the subject of a new spotlight exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, which will be opening June 16.
 
A native of Apopka, Florida, John Anderson is one artist who can definitely attest that he worked on the Grand Ole Opry – in more ways than one. In addition to playing the WSM Radio show many times as a performer, Anderson was part of the...

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John Anderson Announces Upcoming North American Tour Dates

03.03.17

NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 3, 2017) - Country music legend John Anderson is hitting the road in 2017, for a North American tour that will see the ACM and CMA award winner making stops at venues nationwide. Crowds are raving over the must-see experience, which includes sell-out shows in 15 of Anderson’s last 17 appearances. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the album Wild & Blue, which featured the signature hit, “Swingin'.”

"I’m really excited about doing these acoustic shows. It gives my fans an opportunity to experience a whole other side to John Anderson they haven’t seen before in an intimate setting, and the reaction so far has been overwhelming,” said Anderson. “This is also a monumental year for me, being the 35th anniversary of my album, Wild & Blue. We've got some big...

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