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Melonie Cannon
Melonie Cannon
Skaggs Family Records
www.meloniecannon.com


What becomes of a troubled Tennessee teenage girl whose father is one of the biggest name writers and producers in Nashville? Well, she joins the Army, gets out, and records a debut record of stunning beauty and depth, of course. Melonie Cannon, daughter of Buddy Cannon (long time Mel Tillis co-conspirator), has a voice that rings with earthy texture, making her possibly the best emerging talent in the newgrass arena since Alison Krause first emerged on the scene. Rarely does a voice with such distinction come along, a voice that contains the possibility of defining a new era in a musical genre, but Melonie could certainly be that voice, and her debut record could be that milestone.

Kicking off the album in true Nashville hills style is "Nothing To Lose", an upbeat bluegrass number that is filled out with some incredible dobro and mandolin playing. The song makes a picture perfect introduction to the sultry alto voice of Cannon. The down-home splendor of "Tennessee Roads" is nothing short of astonishing. The song is smooth, yet dusky… like looking through a smoke stained window at a serene vision of incredible beauty. "What Took You So Long?" could come straight off of a Union Station record, with its vibrant and crystal-clear musicianship and heart-rending vocal. Traditional bluegrass is obviously a large influence on this record, and nowhere more prominently than on "Westbound Trains". It's a catchy tune (written by Buddy Cannon himself) with a great story to tell and some amazing pickin' happening, courtesy of Dan Tyminski and David Talbot. "Whiskey Lullabye" is a dark track, just like good bluegrass should be, filled with vibrant lyrical allusion and some beautiful fiddle work by Stuart Duncan. The songs on this record are one hundred percent country/bluegrass gold.

For those who find themselves inexorably drawn to music that has sprung from the rock-solid foundations laid by bluegrass music, this album is for them. For those who appreciate the crossover appeal of contemporary newgrass, this album is for them. For those who just love great songs sung by a incredible new and fresh talent, this album is for them. There's nothing to lose here. Just sheer perfect musical beauty.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Nothing To Lose
2. Tennessee Roads
3. I Feel You Everywhere
4. What Took You So Long?
5. Westbound Trains
6. Sweeter Than Sugarcane
7. Whiskey Lullabye
8. Separate Ways
9. I'll Be Back
10. Nobody Hops A Train Anymore


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