Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion wow at the Mercury Lounge

20130918-200556.jpg I was expecting a good show from Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion on Tuesday night. But what I and a criminally
small audience gotvat the Mercury Lounge was a sweet, spot on show that focused on songs
from their new Jeff Tweedy/Patrick Sansone-produced album
Wassaic Way.

While focusing on the news material — which sounds fantastic live, with the super-tight band supporting the lovely married couple — the show didn’t scrimp on older songs.

They even went a bit further afield, throwing in a cover of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend.”

They closed by getting off the stage to do a couple of closing numbers, including the lovely “When the Lilacs Are in Bloom.”

The Melodic opened the early show with a nicely textured, Nick Drake-influenced set.

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