Melonie Cannon & Friends to Pay Tribute to Vern Gosdin

Vern Gosdin is one of those veteran country music legends whose legacy never seems to be given proper credit in popular society, even among more traditional country fans. It’s always Willie, Waylon, Dolly, George, Tammy, Loretta, and Merle. But Melonie Cannon is setting out to do what she can to keep the memory of Vern Gosdin alive by recording a whole album of his songs, and inviting some of her friends to help out along the way.

To be released on May 26th, A Tribute to Vern Gosdin will include 13 songs either written or made popular by the country crooner known by many simply as “The Voice,” with guest appearances by Cody Jinks, Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale, Doyle Lawson, and Sidney Cox. Gosdin’s longtime electric guitar player Mike Baker also participates, as does Vern’s regular backup singer Curtis Wright.

For Melonie Cannon, her roots with Vern Gosdin and his music run deep. She is the daughter of famous country music producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon, who is know for working with scores of country artists, most especially Willie Nelson in recent years. Melonie can regularly be seen on stage singing backup in Jamey Johnson’s band, and has appeared on scores of other recordings for folks like George Jones, Sammy Kershaw, and Reba McEntire.

Melonie owes a special debut of gratitude to Gosdin. She’s gives Vern credit for believing in her as a singer even before her own father did. Gosdin took Melonie under her wing when she was a teenager, and got her father to pay attention to her as a serious country vocalist. Buddy Cannon produces the upcoming Vern Gosdin tribute with co-producer Butch Carr.

“These songs weren’t just playing on my radio, they were being sung at my kitchen table,” Melonie Cannon says. “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.” 

Ahead of the album, you can hear Melonie’s take on “Is It Rainin’ at Your House” below, and you can receive the song early if you pre-order/pre-save the new album.

“‘Is It Rainin’ at Your House’ has always been one of my favorite songs,” Melonie says. “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.”

TRACK LIST:

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
Cathy Gosdin
9. I Know the Way to You By Heart with Alison Krauss & Sidney Cox
Tony Laiolo
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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