What has happened to my favorite singer, Vern Gosdin?
—Marie H., Oklahoma
Vern Gosdin, nicknamed "The Voice," cut back on performing after suffering a second stroke in 1999. "I'm sort of taking it easy. If I think I'll have fun doing a show, I'll do it," says Gosdin, 70. The singer, whose hits include Set ‘em Up Joe and Chiseled in Stone, recently performed with Merle Haggard at the Alabama Country Music Hall of Fame in Muscle Shoals, Ala. (pop. 11,924). Gosdin says he's writing, but doesn't pitch his songs to other artists. The native of Woodland, Ala. (pop. 192), recently released a self-titled three-CD box set that includes 10 new songs. It costs $35 and can be ordered through The Vern Gosdin Fan Club, 7904 Stallion Dr., Nashville, Tenn., 37221, or via e-mail at [email protected] He's also re-released The Voice album as Back in the Swing of Things. Gosdin, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., says he has recovered completely from his stroke.