Chuck Cannon

Chuck Cannon

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

From the the LOW Country of South Carolina, the REBEL son of a Pentecostal preacher, Chuck Cannon explodes with a message of DARK HOPE in his debut album, GOD SHAPED HOLE. In the tradition of Kristofferson, Crowell and Prine, Cannon shows no mercy in exposing the desparate secrets of the heart.

Biography

Chuck grew up in the low country of the South Carolina coast. His father and grand- father were both Pentecostal preachers, so his earliest musical influence was a unique strain of gospel music that was an amalgam of Appalachian folk and black spirituals. He started singing in church before he was five years old and it soon became clear that music would be the driving passion in his life.

His first album was Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" and his influences include: The Beatles, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, the STAX stuff, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Jim Croce, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and others too numerous to mention.

Chuck was a solo performer on the beach circuit for several years before moving to Nashville in 1984 to attend Belmont University, where he studied Music Business and Finance. In 1988 he met producer Marshall Morgan, who signed him as a staff song-writer to Taste Auction Music. In 1992 Chuck opened his own publishing company, Wacissa River Music, Inc. An active champion of songwriters' issues, he served as President of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International (NSAI, 2001-2003). He still serves on the Board and Legislative Committees.

His recent honors include BMI's Two-Million-Air award for the Academy of Country Music's 1993 Song of the Year and international hit, "I Love The Way You Love Me," and BMI's Million-Air award for the #1 hit, "Me Too" written with Toby Keith. As well, Chuck received Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association nominations for the #1 hit, "How Do You Like Me Now," written with country artist Toby Keith.

Chuck's last single was Toby Keith's "AMERICAN SOLDIER" and Wynonna's "FLIES ON THE BUTTER (you can't go home again)" with Naomi Judd.

He currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife Lari, daughter M'Kenzy Rayne, son Jaxon Christian, and daughter Kyra Ciel. They are making it up as they go.

Chuck recently completed his newest album,GOD SHAPED HOLE, which is available online at www.chuckcannon.com and iTunes. Chuck uses Elixir Strings exclusively for his recordings.

Lyrics

Poison

Written By: Chuck Cannon / Allen Shamblin

POISON

MY FIRST SIP MADE ME WANT TO GAG
AND I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA BLOW BEETS
BUT I TOOK ANOTHER AND PRETTY SOON BROTHER
SOUR MASH STARTED TASTING SWEET
MADE ME FEEL BRAVE AND STRONG
BULLETPROOF - I COULD DO NO WRONG
BUT I FOUND OUT BEFORE TOO LONG WHAT I SHOULD’VE KNOWN

YOU CAN LEARN TO LOVE ANYTHING
EVEN A BIRD IN A CAGE WILL SING
A SONG
EVEN IF IT’S WRONG
EVEN IF IT KILLS YOU IN THE END
YOU CAN LEARN TO LOVE ANYTHING
TRADE YOUR HEART AND SOUL FOR A BALL AND CHAIN
ANYTHING CAN BRING YOU PLEASURE
EVEN PAIN
PICK YOUR POISON
POISON
POISON

RUBY LIPS HID A RAZOR TONGUE
AND A HEART BLUE AS GLACIER ICE
I WAS WARNED BUT I WAS WILLING
TO IGNORE EVERYBODY’S ADVICE
THE MORE I GAVE THE MORE SHE TOOK
THEN SHE WALKED AWAY WITHOUT A SECOND LOOK
JUST ONE MORE PAGE IN THAT BIG OLE BOOK ON HOW

YOU CAN LEARN TO LOVE ANYTHING
EVEN A BIRD IN A CAGE WILL SING
A SONG
EVEN IF IT’S WRONG
EVEN IF IT KILLS YOU IN THE END
YOU CAN LEARN TO LOVE ANYTHING
TRADE YOUR HEART AND SOUL FOR A BALL AND CHAIN
ANYTHING CAN BRING YOU PLEASURE
EVEN PAIN
PICK YOUR POISON
POISON
POISON

God Shaped Hole

Written By: Chuck Cannon/Allen Shamblin

GOD SHAPED HOLE

I TRIED TO FIX YOU WITH FORGIVENESS
I TRIED TO HEAL YOUR HEART WITH LOVE
I TRIED TO SWEETEN UP YOUR BITTERNESS
BUT I COULD NEVER DO ENOUGH

THE PLACE INSIDE OF YOU THAT’S BROKEN
GOES ALL THE WAY DOWN TO YOUR SOUL
AND I’M A FOOL FOR EVER HOPIN’
THAT I COULD FILL A GOD SHAPED HOLE

I CAN’T ROLL THE STONE AWAY
AND THIS AIN’T NO RESURRECTION DAY
I’M NOT A SAINT AND LIFE AIN’T FAIR
BUT THIS JUST AIN’T MY CROSS TO BEAR
I CAN SEE IT’S TIME FOR ME TO SET A SLIGHTLY LOWER GOAL
CAUSE I CAN’T FILL A GOD SHAPED HOLE

OH OH OH OH

AND I BEEN TRYIN’ TO BE YOUR SAVIOR
AND I BEEN FEELIN’ CRUCIFIED
I DID NOT EVER WANT TO WAVER
OR CRY THESE TEARS THAT I HAVE CRIED

I NEED A BETTER WAY TO LOVE YOU
I NEED TO PLAY A DIFFERENT ROLE
CAUSE AFTER ALL I’M ONLY HUMAN
AND I CAN’T FILL A GOD SHAPED HOLE

I CAN’T ROLL THE STONE AWAY
AND THIS AIN’T NO RESURRECTION DAY
I’M NOT A SAINT I DON’T HAVE A PRAYER
THIS JUST AIN’T MY CROSS TO BEAR
AND I CAN SEE
IT’S TIME FOR ME TO SET A SLIGHTLY LOWER GOAL
CAUSE I CAN’T FILL A GOD SHAPED HOLE

NO I CAN’T FILL A GOD SHAPED HOLE

OH OH OH OH

Messes

Written By: Chuck Cannon/ Chuck Jones

MESSES

I’VE BEEN CLEANING UP YOUR MESSES NOW FOR YEARS
PULLED YOU FROM THE PUDDLES OF YOUR TEARS
WHERE I FOUND YOU LYING FACE DOWN IN YOUR FEARS
I’VE BEEN CLEANING UP YOUR MESSES NOW FOR YEARS

I’VE BEEN KEEPING ALL THOSE SECRETS YOU DON’T TELL
AND ALL THOSE DREAMS THAT YOU THREW DOWN THE WISHING WELL
HELPED YOU HOLD ON TO THAT SOUL YOU TRIED TO SELL
I’VE BEEN KEEPING ALL THOSE SECRETS YOU DON’T TELL

I’M YOUR BEST FRIEND I TIE UP THE LOOSE ENDS
THAT YOU LEAVE DANGLING IN THE WIND LIKE SO MUCH SMOKE
FROM YOUR CIGARETTE - YOU STILL AIN’T QUIT YET
YEA THAT’S JUST ONE MORE PROMISE THAT YOU BROKE

I KEEP PRAYING FOR YOUR HEART TO COME AROUND
AND FIND ALL THAT LOVE JUST WAITING TO BE FOUND
MAYBE SOMEDAY YOU WON’T LET ME DOWN
I KEEP PRAYING FOR YOUR HEART TO COME AROUND

AND I HAUNT YOU FROM THE MIRROR
AND YOU’RE ONLY A REFLECTION
OF THE MAN WE KNOW THAT YOU WERE BORN TO BE
IT’S MY CROSS TO BEAR YOU OVER
THE CURSE THAT YOU LIVE UNDER
AND I WONDER SOMETIMES DO YOU EVER SEE
WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME

I’M STILL PICKING UP THE PIECES OF YOUR LIFE
THAT’S MY BLOOD THERE ON THE DULL EDGE OF YOUR KNIFE
I EVEN CAUGHT YOU SLEEPING WITH MY WIFE
AND I’M STILL PICKING UP THE PIECES OF YOUR LIFE

COS I BELIEVE SOMEDAY YOU’RE GONNA DO ME PROUD
IT’S WRITTEN ON YO9UR SOUL TO RISE ABOVE THE CROWD
AND HEAR THE ANGELS SING YOUR PRAISES RIGHT OUT LOUD
I BELIEVE SOMEDAY YOU’RE GONNA DO ME PROUD

I’M YOUR BEST FRIEND I TIE UP THE LOOSE ENDS
THAT YOU LEAVE DANGLING IN THE WIND LIKE SO MUCH ROPE
YOU’RE MY OWN WORST ENEMY YOU NEARLY GET THE BEST OF ME
TWISTING OUT HERE HANGING BY SOME HOPE

I’VE BEEN CLEANING UP YOUR MESSES NOW FOR YEARS
PULLED YOU FROM THE PUDDLES OF YOUR TEARS
WHERE I FOUND YOU LYING FACE DOWN IN YOUR FEARS
I’VE BEEN CLEANING UP YOUR MESSES NOW FOR YEARS

The Ghost of Johnny Cash

Written By: Chuck Cannon / Phil Madeira

Ghost of Johnny Cash

I woke up in a cold sweat from a dream at 3 a.m.
I was drifting on The Sea of Shadows; the rain was whipping in the wind
I saw a man dressed all in black reach out and take the helm
And he charted us a course out into the Spirit Realm

I can taste the salt and feel the blisters on my hand
As I’m pulling at the oars; rowing on to Gloryland
Sitting in the stern singing hymns and talking trash
Is my broken guardian angel
The ghost of Johnny Cash

Johnny’s quoting from The Bible while I’m trying to steer this leaky craft
His familiar voice reminds me I’m a man who’s cut in half
His tarnished halo slips and shines as raging billows crash
And I’m riding out the deluge
With the ghost of Johnny Cash

Some sinners need their saints to be
Survivors of the fall
‘Cause when you’re down here on your knees
Most angels look too tall
So I’ll just live this life out dust to dust and ash to ash
With my guide from the other side
The ghost of Johnny Cash

You gotta stand for something ‘cause when you’re gone you’re gone
The devil lost a lot of souls when Johnny put that black suit on
He’s still flippin’ off the Pharisees and laughin’ at old scratch
While he haunts the halls of heaven
The ghost of Johnny Cash
Some sinners need their saints to be
Survivors of the fall
‘Cause when you’re down here on your knees
Most angels look too tall
So I’ll just live this life out dust to dust and ash to ash
With my guide from the other side
The ghost of Johnny Cash

Yea I’ll just live this life out dust to dust and ash to ash
Until I’m raising hell in heaven
With the ghost of Johnny Cash

Whiskey Drinkin' Preacher

Written By: Chuck Cannon

THERE’S A WHISKEY DRINKIN’ PREACHER UNDERNEATH THE OLD TRAIN TRESTLE
POLISHING A SPOON HE FOUND WITH THE TAIL OF HIS SUNDAY SHIRT
AND JUST LIKE JESUS HE TALKS IN PARABLES
AND WITH A TREMBLING CROOKED FINGER HE DRAWS PICTURES IN THE DIRT
PICTURES IN THE DIRT

SITTING ON SOME OLD BLUE MILK CRATES IS A SMELLY CONGREGATION
AND WHEN LIFE DEALT OUT THEIR CARDS HARD LUCK COME UP IN SPADES
THE PREACHER SAID, “I GOT GOOD NEWS – THE GOOD LORD LOVES ME AND YOU”
“AMEN” SAID THE HOOKER AND THE HOLLOW-EYED BOY WITH AIDS
THE HOLLOW-EYED BOY WITH AIDS

THEN THE PREACHER PRAYED A PRAYER AND SERVED COMMUNION
SHARED SOME WINE AND DAY OLD BREAD FROM HIS GROCERY CART
LAID A WORN OUT GIDEON BIBLE ON AN OIL DRUM PULPIT
AND THEN HE PREACHED THIS SERMON WE ALL KNEW BY HEART

EVERY SINNER’S GOT A FUTURE – EVERY SAINT’S GOT A PAST
EVERYBODY’S GOT A SOMEDAY WHEN THE FIRST SHALL BE THE LAST
SO DON’T LET THE DEVIL TELL YOU THAT THE DIE’S ALREADY CAST
EVERY SINNER’S GOT A FUTURE AND EVERY SAINT’S GOT A PAST

NOW WE’D ALL HIT ROCK BOTTOM BUT WE ALL FOUND REDEMPTION
WHEN THE GOOD LORD SHINED HIS LIGHT ON THIS UNLIKELY HOLY PLACE
THE SUN BURST OUT FROM BEHIND A CLOUD AND IT SHOULD NOT GO UNMENTIONED
THAT THE DOWNTOWN CHURCH PIPE ORGAN STARTED PLAYING AMAZING GRACE
AMAZING GRACE

WHEN THE WHISKEY DRINKIN’ PREACHER SERVED COMMUNION
SHARED SOME WINE AND DAY OLD BREAD FROM HIS GROCERY CART
LAID A WORN OUT GIDEON BIBLE ON AN OIL DRUM PULPIT
AND THEN HE SPOKE THESE WORDS THAT CUT RIGHT TO THE HEART

EVERY SINNER’S GOT A FUTURE – EVERY SAINT’S GOT A PAST
EVERYBODY’S GOT A SOMEDAY WHEN THE FIRST SHALL BE THE LAST
SO DON’T YOU LET THE DEVIL TELL YOU THAT THE DIE’S ALREADY CAST
EVERY SINNER’S GOT A FUTURE AND EVERY SAINT’S GOT A PAST

THERE’S A WHISKEY DRINKIN’ PREACHER UNDERNEATH THE OLD TRAIN TRESTLE
POLISHING A SPOON HE FOUND WITH THE TAIL OF HIS SUNDAY SHIRT

Discography

MailBox Money / Chuck Cannon, cd release 1999
God Shaped Hole / Chuck Cannon, cd release 2006
Love and Money / Chuck Cannon, cd release 2008
-streams available online iTunes, cdBaby, www.chuckcannon.com

Set List

My sets vary according to my audience. I have been doing runs opening for Shawn Mullins and that show consists of mostly songs from my "GOD SHAPED HOLE" cd and my "LOVE AND MONEY" cd.
I have also written several TOP TEN songs for major recording artisits. Typically I will play my versions of one to three of those covers; "I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE ME" being one that has gotten over 8 million spins ... "HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW" with over 4 million spins, “GETCHYA SOME” with over 2 million spins as well as several others.
My sets vary from 45 minutes to 2 and even 3 1/2 hours; again subject to the audience and gig itself ... A typical set for a room like THE BLUEBIRD in Nashville will be around 2+ hours.
A typical 1 hour set would be as of (Oct 2008):

1) LOOSE CHANGE (Love and Money)
2) MONEY DON'T MATTER (Love and Money)
3) MONEY (Love and Money)
4) POISON (God Shaped Hole)
5) OUTTA THIS TOWN (Love and Money)
6) IF I WAS JESUS (God Shaped Hole)
7) THE GHOS