Review/Interview: Bryon Garrison, by L Hannon

Crooner, Chameleon: Bryon Garrison at The Garage
By Lisa C. Hannon, 2/13/16

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Photo by Chrissi Sumner

Bryon Garrison opened the night’s show with an acoustic set at The Garage, Coffee Music & More on Thursday, Feb. 11, and was that rare opener, the one you hope won’t stop singing. The Fort Stockton resident showed off an amazing range of musicality, all original tunes, many from musicals he’s put on with his own theatre company in the past.

When you first hear Garrison sing “Everything in Alpine is One Way,” if you’re old enough, you’ll be irresistibly reminded of The Sons of The Pioneers’ iconic hit “Drifting Along With the Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” His voice has that same smooth, effortless quality that edges into the alto ranges, and belongs to an earlier time.

He looks like every good old boy you ever met, and you expect to hear twang and flang, but instead, there is an unforced Elvis vibe, in a song you never heard Elvis sing, from a musical Garrison wrote about the love child of the iconic superstar.

Billed as Rockabilly/Alternative Country/Swing, Garrison is not nearly that easy to peg. He moved his theater company from Decatur, Ill., to Alpine in 2013, where they played for two seasons at the Granada, before he and wife, Destiny Cross, moved to Fort Stockton. Like most musicians, he has a day job and plays and sings at night, often with the band The Rainmakers.

His voice is unhurried, smooth and embodies that effortless Dean Martin croon any singer or musician knows requires great effort to attain and display night after night. He’s matured tremendously since his first eponymous CD, and as a performer, is a chameleon, morphing to the environment in ways that make him an amazing opener, but with the ability to sustain the headline spot any time he chooses to step in. Looking forward to seeing more from this guy, which is good, because Garrison and Cross will be opening for Winnie Brave at The Garage on Wednesday, March 9.

His music can be found at bryongarrison.com. He can also be found on Facebook and ReverbNation.com

Garrison opened for Gary Gorence at the concert room at The Garage, Coffee, Music & More. At 1110 N. Main Street, in Fort Stockton, Texas, they are a locally owned and operated coffee and vapor shop, determined to bring live music to the area, with pretty much every genre represented. Upcoming events can be found at their website at www.thegaragetx.com, call (432) 701-0588, or email them at sales@thegaragetx.com.

lhannonLisa C Hannon’s email is lisa@lisachannon.com.
She lives and writes in West Texas.
Her first novel, “This Little Pig”,
a murder mystery set in East Texas,
can be found on Amazon.com,
as well as her lighthearted collection of essays,
She’s Thinking Out Loud”.

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