Buddy Cannon's 91-year-old mom finds Internet fame
Producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon has worked with some of the biggest stars in country music, including Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney. However, the artist he’s currently working with might be his favorite.
In 2014 Cannon filmed a short video on his iPhone of his 91-year-old mother, Lyndel Rhodes, playing the gospel song “Blessed Assurance” on a harmonica while he accompanied her on the guitar. He then uploaded the video, which was shot in Rhodes’ living room in Lexington, Tenn., to YouTube “as a kick.”
Ten months after that, a Brazilian website called Maringa Alerta posted the video, which only had a handful of hits, on its Facebook page. Viewership exploded, and earlier this week, the video passed the 10 million views mark, and its stars can't quite believe it.