© Lydia Lowe 8/1/2012
Ryan Coon . . .played Metropolitan Coffee on Saturday night. He brought along a friend, Riley Withrow, who opened the show with some wicked guitar licks. Withrow won an award recently for his blues guitar work. Withrow also played through Coon's break. The crowd enjoyed the differing guitar styles.
After Withrow opened the show, Ryan Coon took the stage and opened his set with the piece "Midnight" from his first album. Coon played a variety of songs on acoustic guitar from his CD's. He described his style of guitar playing as being a zen guitar style where anything goes. If it feels right, it goes into the song.
We heard a wide variety of pieces from slow sad songs to upbeat toe tappers. The pieces Coon played were primarily from his first CD and included: "Hope", "Friends"which was the only ballad of the group, to "Midnight Rain" which was a toe tapper. A new song, "The Way" from his second CD, was an instant hit with the crowd as well as "Desiree" which reminded me of a child's laughter.
Coon is a regular contributor to the program "Nightcrossings" which is a show that runs Monday through Saturday, 10:00 p.m. to midnight, on Radio Kansas. His music has been featured on there for three years and right now it is primarily the music from his first CD. Coon said that he favors electric guitar but one night he decided to pick up an acoustic guitar for his performance to change up his act a bit, and a rep from Radio Kansas was in the audience and heard him play. The rest is history. Now Coon prefers the acoustic guitar.
Check out Ryan Coon's music on "Nightcrossings" each week and catch him in concert. His live performance is terrific.