Two months ago the Tribune profiled up-and-coming Loudoun County rocker Beth Cannon and heard a sampling of her guitar work and vocals.
It was tempting to subtitle that article “A Star is Born.” After Cannon’s performance March 27 at Jammin Java in Vienna, Virginia, that temptation would’ve been warranted.
Raw and mesmerizing, and with a command of the stage, Cannon and her band, Elizabeth II, put down a set that opened with her first single, “Devastation,” followed by other originals and a gutsy rock cover of Lorde’s “Royal.”
Elizabeth II band mates Carter Louthian on guitar, Curtis Barnes on bass and Roberto Capoccia on drums covered their parts with conviction and skill, backing Cannon’s guitar virtuosity.
“We all bring a high level of professionalism to our craft, but when we hit the stage it’s zero stress, pure fun.” Cannon said.
Joined by an audience of friends, fans, her parents and producer/musician Mark Williams, owner of Sucker Punch Recording in Bethesda, Maryland, Cannon, showcased the rare combination of performer and artist.
Many are the former, fewer are the latter, and still fewer combine the two.
For classic rock fans, Cannon’s sometimes bluesy, sometimes raspy vocals might be described as a cross between Janis Joplin and one of her idols, Stevie Nicks. She owns every word and movement, and plays a stinging guitar.
The performance by Cannon, 19, was a flirtation of sorts. It’s as if she was saying to the audience, “Hey, look and listen, I’m going to lure you into my world.” And she does, with a presence that suggests she has lived on stage her whole life.
Cannon released Devastation earlier this year and a music video for the song is in production. Williams said he expects it to be completed and released soon.
“It’s always a blessing when the music you write connects with another individual,” Cannon said. “The best feeling was when we got off stage. People were coming up to us and saying how much they loved the music.”
Jammin Java in downtown Vienna is one of the top, smaller, music venues in the region for local talent.