Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon Write Songs Via Text Messages
Willie Nelson’s new album, Band of Brothers, has his first album to top of Billboard Country Chart since 1986, when his album, The Promiseland, hit the number one spot. Nine of the fourteen songs on Band of Brothers were co-written by Willie and legendary record producer, songwriter and musician, Buddy Cannon. However, as the Nashville Tenneseean website chronicles, Nelson and Cannon were never in the same room when the songs were being written.
As reported by Peter Cooper at tennessean.com:
How do you write a song with 81-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson? It helps to have a good mobile plan. Cannon has never been in the same room with Nelson to write a song, but the two co-wrote nine of the 14 songs on the new, Cannon-produced “Band of Brothers” album. That album just made its debut atop the “Billboard” country albums chart.
“I’ll get up, look at my phone and there’ll be a text from him, with a verse or some lines,” Cannon says. “I’ll start tweaking and adding, and we’ll pass it back and forth. When it looks like it’s where we ought to be, we hum a melody to teach each other over the phone. Then he has me go in and cut a track, and he comes in and sings it and plays guitar.”
For the complete article recounting the process of recording Band of Brothers, click the link below.