The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul is a collection of the works of 24 diverse, talented southern writers and singers.
Chuck Cannon grew up in the low country of South Carolina. Both his father and grandfather were Pentecostal preachers, and his earliest musical influence came from churches where they served. Cannon began singing solo in those churches before he was five years old, a tradition that continues to this day.
The first music Cannon ever owned was a Beatles 45 featuring “If I Fell” and “And I Love Her,” and his mother turned him on to Sinatra, The Platters and Dean Martin. Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison record also had a major influence on Cannon. He thought it was the coolest thing ever, until his mother took the record away upon hearing “all the cussin’.”
One of Chuck’s greatest honors was being elected President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI, 2001-2003). He still serves on their Executive Board and Legislative Committees. His songs have won honors including BMI’s Eight-Million-Air award for the song “I Love The Way You Love Me,” which was the Academy of Country Music’s 1993 Song of the Year and went on to become an international hit when BOYZONE released it in Europe as a single in 1999, where it stayed at the top of the charts for over three months.
Cannon feels blessed that he has been able to make a living doing what he loves: sharing his words and music with the world.
Excerpt from The Shoe Burnin' Stories of Southern Soul
“Holding Onto This One” by Chuck Cannon
I was raised up Southern sentimental—a holder onto—a keeper of things. I held onto this one shoe, from a pair of little shoes I likely wore no more than a dozen or so times, proving I tend toward hanging on to that which ain’t of any apparent use to anybody, me included.
It is the holding onto, I suppose, which renders any importance at all to the multitude of useless things that populate the nooks and crannies of my dresser drawers, old suitcases, and duct-taped together boxes that probably ought to have been thrown out with the trash of years ago. Only years ago it wasn’t of trash, and somehow, somewhy, someplace deep inside me could not let go.
I held on.
All my holding onto has ended me up with a mess of scattered and random artifacts from my bygone—mementos—each with its own story.
“Watching Chuck Cannon for the first time, I decided he was as gifted a scribe as many of the folks on our list of the 100 Best Living Songwriters and funnier than most…”
—Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine
“Cayamo 2011 Shawn Mullins and Chuck Cannon – Both performers were boat favorites, but there was a special dynamic when they played together.”
—Ken Paulson, sun209: the americana music journal
“Every song has a totally original and often pleasantly haunting instrumental intro, especially on the gritty Oh My Lord.”
—S.Parks, Today’s Country
“Love and Money: an album one can listen to again and again,and more importantly, interpret a new meaning or discover a new facet each time.”
—Emily Ramey, American Music Channel
God Shaped Hole (2012) [CD]
Love & Money (2012) [CD]