FULL NAME: John David Anderson
BIRTHDATE: December 13, 1954
SPOUSE: Jamie, married 1983
CHILDREN: Brionna, Alexa Kate
PARENTS: Juanita, homemaker; and George, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant and former landscape superintendent at the
University of Central Florida
FAMILY: Five siblings
FAVORITE GUITARS: Gibson Les Paul, Martin D-35 acoustic, Gibson J-1000
EARLY BANDS: The Weed Seeds (seventh grade); Living End (high school)
NASHVILLE ARRIVAL: In 1972, John drove to Nashville in his VW.
FIRST SONG WRITTEN IN NASHVILLE: "Long Cold Winter"
PREVIOUS JOB: On a construction crew that built the roof of the new Grand Ole Opry House
GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT: In 1981, he sang "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)."
FAVORITE CHARITY: National Kidney Foundation
FAVORITE PERFORMERS/INFLUENCES: Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams, George Jones, Merle Haggard, the Delmore Brothers, Levon Helm,
GUITAR INSPIRATIONS: Chet Atkins, Roy Buchanan, Roy Nichols
FAVORITE SPORTS: Fishing, hunting