Melonie Cannon

As the daughter of successful songwriter/producer Buddy Cannon, Melonie may have had an inside track, but she wins this race on her own talent and instincts.

As the daughter of successful songwriter/producer Buddy Cannon, Melonie may have had an inside track, but she wins this race on her own talent and instincts. A combination of her vocal prowess, a crack bluegrass studio band and top-shelf material from some of Nashville's A-list tunesmiths make for a winning debut. Cannon's voice has bite and range, whether on rollicking uptempo fare like "Nothing to Lose" and "Westbound Trains" or gorgeous, more subtle cuts like the Matraca Berg/Jim Photoglo prize "Tennessee Road." The disc's producers contribute the easy rollin' "I Feel You Everywhere," and they team with John Scott Sherrill on gentle waltz "What Took You So Long." "Nobody Hops a Train Anymore" has style and substance, while Cannon's handling of the melodic and morose "Whiskey Lullaby" takes a backseat to no one's. Cannon also expresses a vocal depth and confidence on the redemptive "I'll Be Back." In total, this is a completely satisfying piece of work. Distributed in the United States by Lyric Street.—RW