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Lynn Anderson Greets Longtime and Brand New Fans
By Dawn Wyatt
On Friday, Country Music legend Lynn Anderson met fans and signed autographs at her booth in Fan Fair X.
She is best known for such hits as “Top of the World” and “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,” which earned her the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal and CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award in 1971.
Anderson recently finished her 54th recording, which will be her first Gospel album. The yet-to-be-named project will be released later this year.
She credits her longevity to staying connected to her fans and to her music. Comparing herself to fashion trends, she said, “If you keep them long enough, they eventually come back in style.”
“I try to stay current by enjoying the newer music and by listening to the changes in Country Music,” she said. She said she thinks she has endured so long because of her love for the business.
Anderson’s fans are loyal, and there are new ones who are just discovering her music.
“All of the new media have helped a new generation to become interested in Country Music,” Anderson said. “I watched ‘The Voice’ a few days ago, and I noticed that almost all of the singers were performing Country songs.”
Kayla Raub, 46, of Springfield, Mo., and daughter, Courtney, 16, were in the autograph line waiting to meet Anderson.
“Our home is strong on Country Music,” said Kayla. “The traditional Country Music feels good,” she said.
Also in line for autographs were the on-air talent from “The Coyote,” WRHL-FM in Rochelle, Ill., whose mission was to experience CMA Music Fest from the fan’s point of view and mingle with artists.
“We came to meet some of the artists and to take photos to put on the station’s web site,” said Kris Wexell, 35, who broadcasts during morning drive time.
Dani Brown, 22, a student at West Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., has worked as an intern at The Coyote since she was 15. “I want to move here,” she enthused. “This is awesome!” Maybe later: She graduates in December and has a full-time job waiting for her at the station.