Updated: Mar 16
OPK Solutions is glad to welcome Irv Lyons Jr. to the family of music press kits we create to help with promoting music and as a professional media kit for pitching to the music industry.
At age 7, a young left handed aspiring musician was handed a guitar. "If you're going to learn to play, it is going to have to be on this right handed one." Playing flipped around and upside has proven to be a metaphor for Irv Lyons Jr.'s life. Nothing gets this man down.
Irv's sultry vocals and melodic guitar playing brings to the band a distinctive sound rooted in Latin influenced jazz, as well as country and blues. Irv has opened up for Dickie Betts, Grammy Winner Joanne Shenandoah and NAMMY winner Jana.
This Oneida Nation Native is a major contributor of original material for his other band The Ripcords including straight ahead blues, instrumentals, Latin, and roots rockers. With this group he's graced the stage with such talents as Earl Slick, Terrance Simien, Dickie Betts, Coco Montoya, Jackie Greene, Kenny Wayne Shepard and Indigenous. Irv won a SAMMY with The Ripcords for best Americana CD in 2009.
Irv Lyons Jr., one of Central New York’s most notable songwriters has been nominated for four Native American Music Awards. This is a national organization. “Our national music archive has become the world’s first & largest Native American music archive in the world.”
Irv Lyons Jr. has been nominated for multiple NAMA Awards!
Irv Lyons Jr. is a respected singer, songwriter and guitar player for his own group, Irv Lyons Jr. and The Light and for The Ripcords. Irv has a distinctive sound drawing from Latin influenced jazz, as well as Country and Blues while still embracing his Native American Roots. Playing upside down, this Native artist awes those who watch him perform.
Irv has been nominated for many awards from both the NAMA’s and Syracuse Area Music Awards. With The Ripcords he has won Best Americana Album. This year Irv is nominated with a compilation album comprised of many musicians from CNY and beyond. His album of originals highlights Lyons songwriting ability, while others perform his songs. Sisters and Brothers is nominated for Song of the Year and Best Rock Recording. With The Ripcords he is nominated for Best Blues Recording and Best Music Video Performance.
2019 - NAMA Nominated for 'Song of The Year' 2019 - NAMA Nominated for 'Best Rock Recording' 2019 - NAMA Nominated 'Best Blues Recording' w/ The Ripcords 2019 - NAMA Nominated 'Best Music Video Performance' w/ The Ripcords 2019 - SAMMY Nominated for 'Sisters and Brothers' 2019 - SAMMY Nominated for 'Ripcords Live Album'
2017 - SAMMY Nominated for 'Doing It All'
2017 - NAMA Nominated for 'Doing It All'
2016 - Akademia Music Awards Best Rock/R&B Album
2014 - NAMA Nominated National Award w/ Fabulous Ripcords
2013 - SAMMY Nominated Best Blues Album w/ Fabulous Ripcords
2010 - SAMMY Award Winner Best Americana CD w/ Fabulous Ripcords
*NAMA known as the Native American Music Awards. “Our national music archive has become the world’s first & largest Native American music archive in the world.” https://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/ *SAMMY known as the Syracuse Area Music Awards. https://www.syracuseareamusic.com/
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