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‘Hit Songwriters on the Round’

One of Branson’s most unique shows, “Billy Yates’ Hit Songwriters in the Round” at the Americana Theatre is set to welcome Buddy Cannon and Marla Cannon-Goodman, two successful songwriters who happen to be father and daughter.

The show is hosted by Yates, an award-winning and Grammy-nominated songwriter himself, who has penned more than 2,000 songs, some of which have been recorded by the likes of George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney, and more.  In fact, Yates co-wrote the Jones classics, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and the Grammy-award winning, “Choices.”

The show is “unscripted, unplugged,” and features Yates and two different hit songwriters telling the stories behind, and performing, their biggest hit songs.

Buddy Cannon is a musician, singer, songwriter and producer who is partly responsible for some of country music’s biggest hits. He’s produced several No. 1 hits for artists like Chesney, John Michael Montgomery and Reba McEntire.

He also sang back-up on Strait’s “Marina Del Rey” and “A Fire I Can’t Put Out,” as well as McEntire’s album, “My Kind Of Country.”

His songwriting catalog includes classic hits like Vern Gosdin’s perfect “Set ‘Em Up Joe,” as well as “Dream Of Me”, and “I’m Still Crazy,” Billy Ray Cyrus’ “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore,” and Strait’s “I’ve Come To Expect It From You,” and “Give It Away,” which was named Song Of The Year at the 2007 Academy Of Country Music Awards.

The first No. 1 hit Cannon wrote was “I Believe In You,” along with Gene Dunlap, a hit for Tillis. The story that goes along with this tune is quite fascinating, and something I’m sure Cannon will talk about this weekend.

Cannon will be joined by his daughter Marla Cannon-Goodman, a successful songwriter in her own right. She was working as a nurse when “The Fool,” which was recorded by LeeAnn Womack, hit No. 1. A long list of artists have recorded her tunes, including Strait, Chesney, Sammy Kershaw, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton and more. 

Cannon-Goodman is also responsible for the No. 1 hits “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo” by Tracy Byrd, and “Cleaning This Gun” by Rodney Atkins.

“Billy Yates’ Hit Songwriters in the Round” is a fantastic show, and it is utterly impossible not to get swept up in the awesomeness of the stories behind some of the greatest songs ever. I always have a great time at this show.

Showtimes are Saturday 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Americana Theatre.

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