The 2019, 19th Annual American Music Awards nominated the Ripcords for two categories:
Best Blues Recording and Best Music Video Recording!
The Ripcords have performed across the Northeast to crowds in New York City, Boston and throughout their home area of Central New York. Some of the many stages they've graced include the New York State Blues Festival, Taste of Syracuse, Central New York Jazz Fest, the Inner Harbor Block Party, Performance Harley Davidson of Syracuse, Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest and the Ganondagan Native American Festival. Outside of New York, The Ripcords have played Saratoga Race Track, Brockton Blues Festival in Massachusetts and EarthDance in Napa Valley, California. The band and its members have opened for and played on bills with such noted musicians as Santana, Steve Miller, Blues Traveler, Ry Cooder, Rick Derringer, Phish, John Lee Hooker, Edgar Winter, Lon Russell, Kim Simmonds, Terrance Simien, Gene Taylor, Bill Kirchen, and Chip Taylor over the years.
GUITAR AND VOCALS
Rex Lyons is the respected guitar player, vocalist and band leader of The Fabulous Ripcords. Recently inducted into the Blues Archive Hall of Fame, he sits in regularly with Los Blancos, Pete McMahon, and other local luminaries around CNY. Rex’s style is equal parts country, blues, rockabilly, and swing. Rex is best known for his work with Whiteboy and the Wagonburners, which rose to local and national acclaim. Rex has also played with The Roustabouts.
Rex Lyons - Guitar and Vocals
Irv Lyons Jr. - Guitar and Vocals
Jay Gould - Bass and Backing Vocals
Steve Palumbo - Drums and Percussion
Tom Witkowski - Keyboards and Vocals
THE BONEYARD HORNS
Jeff Stockham - Trumpet
Nick Fields - Trumpet
Dunham Hall - Tenor Saxophone
Rick Huyge - Tenor Saxophone
Tom Witkowski - Trombone
Bill Palange - Trombone