John Lyons review…March 19, 2014…

JOHN LYONS

SING ME ANOTHER SONG

SELF-RELEASED

ANOTHER WAVE–SHE’LL TELL YOU NO LIES–BELIEVE–WAITING FOR YOU–SING ME ANOTHER SONG–BEAUTIFUL–HELENGELI–UNDER THE STARS–DEAR JAMES–THE BLUES MOVED IN–BLINK OF AN EYE–BLUESTAR HIGHWAY

John Lyons grew up on a farm in South Haven, MI, but moved to Zurich, Switzerland, in 2001.  He is a very eclectic songwriter, a very expressive guitarist, and quite the observer of the human condition.  For his third album, “Sing Me Another Song,” he lets his storyteller’s soul run free on thirteen original songs that draw from everyday life that all listeners can relate to, mostly dealing with themes of love, loss, and hope for a brighter day further on up the road.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this set is its incredible diversity, almost as if you are listening to two different albums within the context of one.  The initial cuts, such as the leadoff “Another Wave,” “Beautiful,” “Believe,” and “Helengeli,” find John painting sonic pictures of  wistful places and sandy beaches where love is encouraged to develop and grow.  But, as the album progresses, the subject matter becomes decidedly darker, the “cheatin” thread develops, and John’s vocals and playing follow suit.

The title cut begins this bluesier journey of sorts.  “Sing Me Another Song”  is the story of the nightly cat-and-mouse game played out by men and women in every bar in the world, built around an undeniably catchy riff.  “Dear James” has John finding out the hard way that his lover is cheating, as she writes a letter to “the other man” that John finds, sadly, while “lookin’ for my smokes.”  And, what could be more pure blues than “She stole my guitar/ran away with my friend/The night she moved out/The Blues Moved In.”  The set closes with an uplifting gospel rave-up, reminding us all to hold on to Jesus’ hand and “keep the Devil way down in the hole.”

Hands down, tho, “Blink Of An Eye” was our favorite.  An acoustic affair that is part Dylan and part John Prine, the song follows another pair meeting in a bar.  The married female rejects the male’s advances, and the story takes a tragic turn as we are all reminded that nothing is guaranteed.

John Lyons has that rare gift to “tell stories in great detail” that not only capture your attention but also captivate your soul.  For a shot of something a little tastier than three chords and a cloud of dust, give a listen to “Sing Me Another Song.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don  Crow.

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