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Opry star and music legend Bill Anderson has filled this appropriately titled set with a handful of witty tunes and a stellar lineup of artists and songwriters, including Rivers Rutherford (Tim McGraw’s “Real Good Man”), Jon Randall (who co-wrote Brad Paisley’s “Whiskey Lullaby” with Bill) and Buddy Cannon (who co-wrote George Strait’s “Give It Away” with Bill). A couple of sly toe-tappers—“It Ain’t My Job to Tote Your Monkey” and the freewheeling “Good Time Gettin’ Here” (co-written with The Grascals’ Jamie Johnson)—kick off the album, while the clever “If You Can’t Make Money” features some zippy guitar licks by co-writer Brad Paisley. Bill’s ballads are the real paragons here, though. “The Songwriters” effortlessly combines humor with a ring of truth on lines such as We get to tell all our secrets / In a code no one understands . . . We’re the songwriters. “Some Kind of War” urges people to show compassion instead of judgment with its wise chorus: Life itself can be a battlefield / And we’re all fighting some kind of war. This collection shows why, after 50 years as one of country music’s most loved singers and tunesmiths, Bill is still one of the best songwriters around. [Release date: June 8]

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