There is no question in my mind that Glenn Cannon is one of the more positive forces in the Seattle music scene today.
Ever upbeat, always supportive, and absolutely dedicated to the fan base that put his band Windowpane in the spotlight, Glenn is a musical cornerstone for anyone looking for straight-up rock and roll punctuated by power vocals. His creativity seems boundless like his sense of humor – a man with a mission to give people the means to laugh at life, feel good about who they are, and rock at anything.
So when I heard he was recording a solo work called “Devil In The Sunshine,” I ponied up Paypal and prepaid two months ahead of its release!
On his Facebook page, Glenn calls this solo effort “a work that spans [early] influences while adding flavors from contemporary artists.” I’ve been using Spotify a lot recently, and those early influences are spread across the app’s offering. In Glenn’s music, I hear slower grunge, Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, George Thorogood, Y&T and Pat Travers – progressive, moody, dynamic, and soaked in the audio glory that preceded him.
His album tells the world, “I’ll honor the music you enjoy, and when I’m done I’ll make sure you enjoy it even more.”
Performing on this album were Glenn on Guitar and Vocals, Lance McKay on Keyboards, Jeff Eason on Bass, Lui Williams on Drums, and with additional percussion from Tommy Sandovallegos.
Produced by Brett Eliason, the album as a whole generates tasty guitar riffs, a hefty low end, soulful keyboards, and the appropriate amount of attention to Glenn’s voice. I’m no sound engineer, but I know what I like to hear in my ear. The mix has power without overpowering. Confidence without being cocky. Clarity in the details without any single detail standing out too far. Glenn’s lyrics here are filled with his signature word twists, and bridges between lyric lines. The work is organic, analog, and pays homage to those influences from the past.
21st Century kids need to know that great music did exist before 1989, and this album will show them the way back.
Here’s the tracklist:
- Days Long Gone
- In this track, you can hear the elements of traditional blues, Crosstown Traffic, Mother Love Bone, and a syncopated guitar riff that is pure Glenn. Perfect launch song for the album, because it introduces the musician’s abilities and tells you where the work is headed.
- Whole In My Hands
- Soaked in cymbals and organ, this track pays homage to Ian Paice and Jon Lord of Deep Purple. It’s in the same key as Long Days Gone, which seems to tie the songs together.
- Hello Oblivion
- Glenn has an addiction to catchy grooves, and he loves sharing it with others! This track, like the first one, taps into the traditional blues chords then builds on it with musical influences from the Grunge scene.
- The heavy ballad is punctuated by an epic 70s phaser effect and 90s rock ballad sensibility. It’s a soulful message of chasing after demons that a person should run from. Poignant now, as we’ve lost so many good people to drugs.
- Rattlesnake Shake
- From the title, I assumed this would be a cover of the famous Motley Crue track off Dr. Feelgood. Instead, I was treated to a powerful original built on fuzz, hard hits, and plenty of glorious Hammond organ. The guitar solo is classic rock with sweet finger work. In Glenn’s goal to strip it all down, he created something new that is dedicated to best of our rock past!
- The Long And Lonely Hard Goodbye
- Borrowing from Robert Cray, Steely Dan, and Pat Travers, this track starts with a phased blues solo and the classic rock trio sound. It’s got the Saturday night, whiskey, subdued club light and the smoke of Lucky Strikes written all over it.
- Saint And A Criminal
- This track incorporates a slow jazz-inspired groove to describe how human nature can sometimes be mysterious. Somehow I hear Natalie Merchant singing this as a cover!
- Something So Sour
- The track explores the negative nature of some people, and how they look for the bad in life even when they are surrounded by good. Your outlook is everything, right? My favorite part of the song is the piano intro, which alludes to the Beatles and Oasis.
- Make It Right
- This track is another example of a basic experience embellished by Glenn’s bluesy guitar patch, his distinctive lyric style, organ sounds, and an updated Texas shuffle beat. A very classic feel.
- Don’t Let Me Down
- This track mixes the best parts of rock, groove, and grunge. A fast tempo jump through genres and decades!
- Devil In The Sunshine
- The title track to this album is a full-on push that highlights the Jon Lord organ sound, and ties them to a blues and rocks. Glenn’s powerful vocals and fast-touch guitar give the song plenty of reasons to get stuck in my head for an entire week!
- The Void
- An exploration of a relationship’s sunset, and what happens when lovers move on to live again. The track starts soft and introspective and ultimately bursts out in a soulful rock sound that Seattle music fans will know and love. If there was any single track where my eyes were closed and my head was moving, it’s on this one. Visual brilliance, transmitted through music.
Devil In The Sunshine fortifies the hold that Glenn has on the hearts of Seattle music fans. We expect crossover in our rock here, tying together the various threads of music that have fueled us. With this work, Glenn establishes the link between the decades, the rock, the blues, and the artists that define their genres. His upbeat lyrics and messages of hope through darkness propel us forward – helping us think of what is possible when confronted by life’s trials. Glenn succeeded in creating an album that is satisfying on many sensory levels. Want to hear his solo work for yourself?
Check out Devil In The Sunshine on Bandcamp!