Back in 2008, Keith Anderson was enjoying his biggest hit yet as an artist with “I Still Miss You” not long after “Lost in This Moment” — which he wrote — topped theHot Country Songs chart for Big & Rich. His debut disc Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll had been certified gold, and the follow-up, C’mon!, was selling briskly.

Then, Anderson disappeared from sight. It was something he tells Billboard he had to do.

A lot of people don’t know why I took time off. It was really for personal reasons. Right about the time I was making C’mon!, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer, and we ended up losing her pretty quick.”

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