Melonie Cannon - And the Wheels Turn
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And the Wheels Turn (Rural Rhythm, 2008)

Melonie Cannon

Reviewed by John Lupton

The daughter of longtime Nashville songwriting stalwart Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon had led something of a checkered young adulthood by the time she put her musical DNA on display with a self-titled debut on the Skaggs Family label in 2004. With an all-acoustic Americana-type sound that leaned toward the bluegrass end of the scale, she won a lot of fans with a sweet, laid-back vocal style highlighted by intelligent arrangements of well-chosen material, including her dad's - and her own. Four years later, she's back with more of the same, but seems to have grown more confident and self-assured, drawing on her own past to interpret songs of love lost like I Call It Gone and Dark Shadows. Perhaps most emblematic of the disc - and her life - is her rendition of I've Seen Enough Of What's Behind Me, a Ronnie Bowman-Tammy Rogers tune that, as the title suggests, is all about not looking back. It's not all introspection and wistfulness, though. She has a lot of fun with one of her dad's signature tunes, Set 'Em Up Joe, a late-80s smash for Vern Gosdin, and if you can't imagine anyone other than Gosdin doing it justice, this will change your mind.

CDs by Melonie Cannon

And the Wheels Turn, 2008

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