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Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon Collaborate on Nelson’s Latest Release

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Having a profound effect on Willie Nelson’s music and career in the last decade, 69-year-old songwriter and producer Buddy Cannon has worked with Nelson since 2008 when they collaborated to develop the “Moment of Forever” album. Since then, Cannon has completed close to a dozen records with Nelson, including the latest release, “God’s Problem Child.”

Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon: What Friendship Can Produce in Country Music

Photo: Facebook/Buddy Cannon

Topping the country music charts during its April release, Nelson and Cannon co-wrote seven of the 13 tracks on the album, and although Nelson’s legend in country music is based largely on leaving Nashville for Austin to champion the ‘outlaw’ country music phenomenon, he’s continued to maintain relationships in the Music City including that of Cannon. Nelson and Cannon first met in the 70s when Cannon was working for Mel Tillis’s publishing company. The pair never really got well acquainted until Kenny Chesney asked Nelson to do a duet on “That Lucky Old Sun.” Nelson was so fond of the end result that he asked Cannon to do an album with him immediately.

Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon: What Friendship Can Produce in Country Music

Photo: Facebook/Buddy Cannon

Describing their collaboration as the start of a productive working relationship, Cannon gave an interview to the Austin American-Statesman, noting his partnership with Nelson was truly cemented with the 2014 “Band of Brothers” project. Together, the pair co-wrote nine songs and was Nelson’s first album since 1996 to highlight primarily original material. According to Nelson, it’s a writing relationship that works well, saying, “We’ll have periods where we’ll write more. I’ll come up with an idea, or he will, and we’ll send it back and forth. And then he’ll cut a track on it with a scratch vocal of him with a guitar. We have kind of a formula worked out that seems to be working.”

Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon: What Friendship Can Produce in Country Music
Photo: Facebook/Willie Nelson

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