VIDEO: Melonie Cannon featuring Willie Nelson – Back To Earth

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Melonie Cannon – “Back To Earth (feat. Willie Nelson)”
Album: And the Wheels Turn
Label: Rural Rhythm Records
Director: Scott Hansen

“You ought to pay attention to your daughter’s voice, Son. She’s got something different. Something *real* interesting.”

Melonie Cannon was just twelve years old when Vern Gosdin first heard her sing, and advised her father to pay attention.

One of country’s most legendary vocalists, Gosdin was a favorite of journalists, fans, and other artists. The *Houston Post’s* long-time critic Bob Claypool said Gosdin was both admired and envied by every star in the business. Bob Allen wrote: “In true country music form, Vern Gosdin takes matters of the heart and makes them into hit songs.” Billboard editor Edward Morris wrote: “When Vern Gosdin opens his mouth people listen.”

And his writing partner Buddy Cannon listened when Vern said to listen to Melonie sing.

Vern Gosdin and Buddy Cannon started writing together in 1981, not long after Vern and his wife moved to Kingston Springs and the two families became neighbors. “A lot of times we’d write at Vern’s because it was quiet, then head on over to my house for dinner since Vern’s wife couldn’t cook,” Buddy says with a smile. “And Vern was right- I hadn’t taken much notice of Melonie’s singing around the house because she was just a kid.”

But Gosdin did take notice, and he took Melonie under his musical wing, teaching her harmony singing, and encouraging her taking the lead at times. Soon the Cannon kitchen table saw Buddy, Vern and Melonie, harmonizing on songs from bluegrass and gospel, to contemporary hits including many of Vern’s. “We never did record any of it,” Buddy says. “Because Vern just lived down the road, and I guess we thought those times would just go on forever.”

Melonie Cannon grew up to be an in-demand session singer, adding harmonies on recordings with George Jones, Sammy Kershaw, John Michael Montgomery, and Craig Morgan, among others. She sang lead on demo sessions for writers like Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran. She released two solo albums. 2004’s self-titled CD on Skaggs Family Records, and 2008’s And The Wheels Turn on Rural Rhythm Records. She continues to sing on releases by artists including Jamey Johnson, Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson.

Over the years Buddy often thought about those nights spent singing with Vern and Melonie. “I thought about the connection – Vern hadn’t spent that kind of time working with any other singers that I knew about. And I also thought a lot about those songs. Vern’s catalog is filled with great country music, songs that have never gone out of style.”

He began putting together a project that reflected those kitchen table sessions, and included a group of artists and musicians that make his recording an extraordinary experience. Artists including Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Jim Lauderdale and Curtis Wright got on board. Vern’s longtime electric guitar player, Mike Baker, Came in to add a sense of Vern’s live shows. Doyle Lawson sand on “Way Down Deep” with Melonie and Jamey Johnson. Lawson participates in a few event recordings, but he was eager to be included. Buddy explains: “Vern called me one night back in the early 80s and asked me to go with him to a show at the Station Inn and listed to some of the best bluegrass harmony he’d ever heard. It was Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.”

The result is a compelling collection probing that hit songs by a male singer can be transformed brilliantly by a female – especially when that female singer shares a history. Say Melonie: “These songs weren’t just playing on my radio, they were being sung at my kitchen table. They are part of my being, they are my childhood. I lived through the thoughts and ideas that turned words and music into country treasures. Spiritually and musically, I was taken to a new level.”

Here is the result of that new level: ***Melonie Cannon Sings Vern Gosdin***
1. Is It Rainin’ At Your House
2. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (Duet with Jim Lauderdale)
3. Right In The Wrong Direction
4. If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong Do It Right (Duet with Vince Gill)
5. Way Down Deep (Doyle Lawson and Jamey Johnson, harmony vocals)
6. Do You Believe Me Know
7. Dream of Me
8. Til The End (Duet with Willie Nelson)
9. I’m Still Crazy
10. I Guess I Had Your Leavin’ Comin’
11. Set’em Up Joe
12. Is It That Time Again

Produced by Buddy Cannon and Butch Carr




One response to VIDEO: Melonie Cannon featuring Willie Nelson – Back To Earth

  1. How can I buy this CD
    country songs first released by Vern Gosdin, The Voice, performed in 2011 y this CD – with Melonie Cannon — big FAN

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