NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Melonie Cannon, whose trademark harmonies have been heard by millions both on records and on the road, honors “The Voice” with A Tribute to Vern Gosdin. Available May 26 via My My My Music, LLC. and BFD/AUDIUM Nashville on CD, digital and vinyl, the album includes special collaborations with Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Cody Jinks and more of Melonie’s peers and friends. Vern’s longtime electric guitar player, Mike Baker, and his harmony singer, Curtis Wright, also add a sense of the multi-CMA and ACM award winner’s live shows.
Produced by Buddy Cannon, Melonie’s father and Vern’s writing partner, with co-producer, Butch Carr, the album pays tribute to the man that encouraged Buddy to pay attention to his daughter’s voice. Vern took a teenage Melonie under his musical wing, teaching her to sing harmony and encouraging her to take the lead at times.
The Cannon kitchen table often saw Buddy, Vern and Melonie harmonizing on bluegrass, gospel and contemporary hits, and A Tribute to Vern Gosdin is a reflection of those sessions that they shared in their Kingston Springs neighborhood. “These songs weren’t just playing on my radio, they were being sung at my kitchen table. They are a part of my being, they are my childhood. I lived through the thoughts and ideas that turned words and music into country treasures,” shared Melonie.
Holler exclusively premiered a first listen to “Is It Rainin’ at Your House,” written by Vern, Hank Cochran and Dean Dillon. “Taking on any Vern Gosdin song was always going to be an act of bravery in itself, but covering ‘Is It Rainin’ at Your House’ feels like an especially bold move. Luckily for Melonie Cannon, she has a voice that’s more than up to the challenge, capable of lifting you up and completely tearing you apart in the turn of a phrase,” praised Holler’s Jof Owen.
“‘Is It Rainin’ at Your House’ has always been one of my favorite songs. Way before I knew how sad it was, I was connected to songs like that — the ones that matter to your heart — when I was a kid. I was immersed in Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Vern Gosdin songs as long as I have memories. This song is all three of those men in one magic melody,” explained Melonie.
Melonie grew up to be an in-demand session singer, adding harmonies on recordings with George Jones, Reba McEntire, Sammy Kershaw, John Michael Montgomery and Craig Morgan, among others. She also sang lead on demo sessions for writers like Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran. Melonie continues to sing on releases and perform live with artists including Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson. A Tribute to Vern Gosdin follows her two solo albums, 2004’s self-titled CD on Skaggs Family Records and 2008’s And The Wheels Turn on Rural Rhythm Records.
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A TRIBUTE TO VERN GOSDIN TRACK LISTING
1. Is It Rainin’ at Your House
Vern Gosdin, Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon
2. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) with Jim Lauderdale
Joe Maphis, Rose Lee Maphis
3. Right in the Wrong Direction
Vern Gosdin, Hank Cochran, Mack Vickery
4. If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) with Vince Gill
Vern Gosdin, Max D. Barnes
5. Way Down Deep with Doyle Lawson & Jamey Johnson
Max D. Barnes, Max T. Barnes
6. Do You Believe Me Now
Vern Gosdon, Max D. Barnes
7. Dream of Me
Buddy Cannon, Raleigh Squires, Jimmy Darrell
8. Till the End with Willie Nelson
9. I Know the Way to You By Heart with Alison Krauss & Sidney Cox
10. I’m Still Crazy
Vern Gosdin, Buddy Cannon, Steve Gosdin
11. I Guess I Had Your Leavin’ Comin’
Vern Gosdin, Buddy Cannon, Dean Dillon
12. Set ‘Em Up Joe with Cody Jinks
Vern Gosdin, Buddy Cannon, Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran
13. Is It That Time Again
Vern Gosdin, Buddy Cannon, Dean Dillon
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