Bangs native Coffey Anderson is back in Texas, and is planning his first “Pasture Party” that he expects will become an annual tradition. The event will open at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in Hopkins County, but Anderson said a similar family outing could eventually come to Brown County.
Portions of the show’s proceeds will go to the American Red Cross for Hopkins County and the Blue Santa Program in Sulphur Springs.
“It’s great to came back to Texas and play my music in my state,” Anderson said on a recent trip to see his father, Stanley Anderson. “It’s a 600-acre field, and we’ll be on 50 acres. We’ll be playing in the classic tradition. There will be food vendors, and it will be a totally family-friendly event.”
Anderson said he has recently moved from Los Angeles to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, further cementing his ties to Texas.
The party comes fresh on the heels of the release of Anderson’s latest project on iTunes titled “Boots and Jeans.” It debuted Sept. 4 at No. 68 on the online music source and climbed 10 spots within four days.
Anderson said the songs were recorded in Nashville, using some of the most talented studio musicians in town, as well as several highly-regarded members of country stars’ bands.
Still operating on a budget, Anderson said he had approached several of them to record with him, and their fees were more than he had budgeted.
They would quote a figure, and Anderson said he replied, “I’ve got $900.” They would come down a bit, and Anderson answered, “I’ve got $900.” Then, after they heard Anderson’s songs, he said, they wanted in.
He recorded vocals for 10 songs in 11 hours, covering a day and a half.
Anderson hasn’t abandoned his Christian music fans, but this latest project explores some more secular themes. It has cost him performances in at least one church where he has previously spread his message of faith.
Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Howard Payne University.
“He did what he had to do,” Anderson said. “But I’m still the same guy.”
Local fans interested in attending the show in East Texas can purchase ticket at www.ticketriver.com/event/4485. Festival seating is planned; bring lawn chairs. Bounce houses and food vendors will be on site. Tickets are $10 in adance, and $15 at the gate. Children age 6 and under will be admitted free.
The venue is a half-mile north of Loop 301 on Highway 19 North, in Sulphur Springs.
Anderson was a contestant on “American Idol” in 2003, and was one of 12 finalists on “Nashville Star” in its sixth season. That’s when his national following began to surge.