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Bill Anderson and Co-Author Peter Cooper to Receive Award of Excellence For His Bio

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has awarded Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson and author Peter Michael Cooper with Best Historical Research In Recorded Country Music for their work Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 12, 2018 during ARSC’s annual conference.

Winners are chosen by a committee consisting of three elected judges representing specific fields of study, two judges-at-large, the review editor of the ARSC Journal and the President or past President of ARSC.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music has received praise from fans and critics alike. Forbes deemed the book “One of the Best Autobiographies” of the past year. Anderson continues to tour and perform regularly at The Grand Ole Opry, which he has been a member of for an impressive 56 years. Most recently Anderson is featured on Brad Paisley’s new project with their song “Dying to See Her Again.” The emotional song was written by both Paisley and Anderson and is on Paisley’s album Love and War released earlier this year.

Founded in 1991, the ARSC Awards are given to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very best work today in recorded sound research. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. Two awards are presented annually in each category, for best history and best discography, and several others are acknowledged with Certificates of Merit. Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications.

Bill Anderson on Tour:
  • 09/22 – Renfro Valley, KY – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
  • 09/23 – Winchester, OH – Red Barn Convention Center 
  • 09/29 – Palmer Lake, CO – Tri Lakes Center for the Arts 
  • 09/30 – Red Bluff, CA – State Theatre 
  • 10/01 – Modesto, CA – Gallo Center for the Arts 
  • 10/07 – San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 
  • 10/14 – Hiawassee, GA – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
  • 12/31 – Branson, MO – Bill Anderson and Friends 
  • 01/20 – Huntington, TN – The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center
  • 01/28 – Galveston, TX – Country’s Family Reunion & Larry’s Country Diner Cruise 
  • 02/16 – Effingham, IL – Effingham Performance Center 
  • 02/17 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center