Country music icon John Anderson’s new single “Magic Mama,” penned by Merle Haggard just for Anderson, is now impacting country radio. The feel-good anthem is the latest single from Anderson’s critically acclaimed album, Goldmine, which was listed as one of Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country Albums of 2015.”
When speaking about the song, Haggard said, “It was recorded in an excellent way. Just the way I pictured it.”
A couple of years ago I got a call from Merle saying that he had written a song with me in mind. I saw him about six months later and asked if he finished it,” Anderson said. “He pulled out a little piece of paper from his back pocket that had the lyrics on it, and he got a guitar and played it for me. That’s probably one of the greatest moments of my career, sitting there listening to Merle play that song that he had written for me.” He adds, “I was so pleased and I’m so thrilled to have a brand new Merle Haggard song on the latest cd. ‘Magic Mama,’ for me, will always be a treasure.”
The song showcases Anderson’s distinct vocals, which has made him one of the most sought-after artists in country music.
Fans can catch Anderson on tour (see tour dates below), where he will be performing “Magic Mama.” The country hit-maker will also be playing other tracks off of the “Goldmine“ album, along with his signature hits like “Swingin’” and “Seminole Wind.”
John Anderson On Tour:
Apr 01 – Opp, Ala. – Channell-Lee Stadium
Apr 02 – Cape Coral, Fla. – Naples Boat Show & Seafood Show
Apr 22 – Effingham, Ill. – Effingham Performance Center
Apr 23 – Sioux City, Iowa – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 06 – West Monroe, La. – Louisiana Craw-fish Gator Festival
May 19 – Greensboro, N.C. – Carolina Theatre – Acoustic
May 20 – Hopewell, Va. – The Beacon Theatre
May 21 – Rocky Mount, Va. – Harvester Performance Center – Acoustic
Jun 03 – Panama City, Fla. – Marina Civic Center
Jul 09 – Brainerd, Minn. – Iconic Fest – Green Lantern
Aug 20 – Durant, Okla. – Choctaw Grand Theater
Sep 11 – Alexandria Bay, N.Y. – Thousand Islands Winery
Sep 15 – Dade City, Fla. – Dan Cannon Auditorium
Sep 16 – Renfro Valley, Ky. – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
Sep 17 – Morehead, Ky. – Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Anderson plowed through the ups and downs of country music (and the country music business) throughout the ’80s, and in the early 1990s engineered one of the greatest “comeback” runs…although 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.”
For additional information on John Anderson and additional tour dates, visit his official webpage at www.JohnAnderson.com.