The story of John Anderson and his platinum-plus album, "Seminole Wind" is the story of the country music "come back" of the decade.
It's the true-to-life, yet larger-than-life, saga of one of the most dramatic career turn-arounds of the 1990's. It's the story of just reward for a singer who originally took country music by storm and helped keep it true to its roots back in the early 80's.
His memorable hits from that musical era include "Wild and Blue," "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal" 1959, "I Just Came Home To Count the Memories," "Black Sheep" and "Swingin'."
"Swingin'" was not only the country Music Association's 1983 Song of the Year; most recently it was cited by the A.M.O.A. as one of its all-time top 40 jukebox hits, right up there with "Hey Jude" and other perennial favorites by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, George Jones and the Rolling Stones.
Anderson is a seasoned and improved model of the same tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool country vocalist who critics lauded more than a decade ago, having brought "renewed beauty and elegance of the twin-fiddle, steel guitar tradition of the old-time honky-tonk balladeer.
Other awards include a Grammy Award in 1996 for Amazing Grace. A Country Salute to Gospel. In 1994 the Academy of Country Music honored him with their Career Achievement Award. The same year he received The Country Music Association Album of the Year for Common Threads; The Songs of the Eagles; Swingen won the CMA Single of the Year in 1983.
He has also received numerous nominations for Grammies, AMC and CMA and has several gold and plantinum album certifications.
"This project has great significance to me as the music and the musicians who played on it have become a big part of my life. I love and appreciate my fans and thank all of the people that have supported my music."
Anderson is scheduled to take the Festival Stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the 2014 Marshall County Fair.