first made his name on the country/bluegrass scene as a songwriter, penning over 50 songs that were recorded during the 1950s and '60s before abandoning a series of odd jobs to move to Nashville and pursue a full-time career in 1968. Such compositions as "The Old, Old House" (George Jones
, Bill Monroe
), "Lucille" (Kenny Rogers
), and "Chains" (Patty Loveless
) propelled Bynum
to membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bynum
took his time debuting as a vocalist, however; employing a strongly narrative style, his debut album, If I Could Do Anything
, was issued in 1998.