BAND: LERA LYNN
VENUE: THE ALLEY BAR, MONTGOMERY, AL
Recently (February 25, to be exact. Yeah, I’m a bit behind…) I had the pleasure of seeing Georgia’s Lera Lynn when she stopped by the Alley Bar here in Montgomery. Lera and her band is on tour for the promotion of her debut album, ‘Have You Met Lera Lynn?’
Lera Lynn has a smooth, melodic voice of nearly the caliber of many of those in her genre. There’s an honesty to her that resonates in her lyrics. The imagery she writes into her songs evokes raw emotions entwined meticulously with her deft guitar playing skills. One of my favorites of her songs is “Bobby, Baby,” which tends to remain in my head many days since first hearing it.
While most of the songs are her own, she does perform an inspired cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” (Hear it here.) She slows Cash’s quick tempo, drawing out the song and filling those long places with the sense of a woman being consumed by the fire and passion of love. Her take on this song makes me think of how Cash made NIN’s song “Hurt” his own.
The show at the Alley Bar was quite wonderful. Lera Lynn began slow, pulling the audience into her music with her mesmerizing voice, then, as the set continued on, progressively speeding things up, so that by the end, you were left nearly breathless, anticipating more. A mere hour long set of her music wasn’t nearly enough, though there were plenty of other great acts to see that night, as well.
Lera Lynn, in my opinion, is an artist to watch. I certainly look forward to her coming out here again, perhaps even playing a full show.
Two of her music videos are currently up on the Music Videos tab above.
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