SHANNON LYON, at the Horseshoe, July 5. Tickets: $8-$10. Attendance: 50. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Shannon Lyon is a great singer. His voice is deep, dry, at once world-weary and hopeful, and he delivers lyrics like they're being pulled straight from his gut and right past his heart.
So while it was unfortunate that his gig at the Horseshoe Wednesday didn't feature the players who conspired to make Lyon's recent Summer Blonde disc a lilting, alt-country jewel, there was still ample reason to stick around and hear him weave tales of broken souls and far-off memories.
It's never a picnic trying to hold the floor with a solo acoustic set, but as folks started streaming into the club to catch fellow opener Oh Susanna and headliner Richard Buckner, Lyon's quietly chilling words cut through the chatter to command at least partial attention, which is saying something.
Next time Lyon drags out the band, the threat will be real.