Irv Lyons Jr. in our Spotlight Interview (Blues, Rock)

Welcome to Indigenous in Music! Larry welcomes back from the Onieda Nation, Mr. Irv Lyons Jr. He has been nominated for two Native American Music Awards, including “Best Rock Recording” from the “Sister and Brothers” album and for “Song of the year” for “Looking for the Light.” You can find all about him and hear his music on the web at

Also music from Irv Lyons Jr., QVLN, The Dusty Harder, The Bloodshots, Innastate, Matiu, Khu.eex, Steven Rushingwind, Centavrvs, Ed Koban, Michael Bucher, Tonemah, Artson, Sariyah Idan, Nick Lone, Violent Ground, Buggin Malone, The Cody Blackbird Band, The Deeds, Tim Cruly, Blue Mountain Tribe, Corey Medina, Vargas, Jagger, The Eagle and the Raven Band and much much more.

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To Skip to Spotlight Interview, click forward two times to segment 3….Enjoy!


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.


2019 – SAMMY Nominated for ‘Sisters and Brothers’
2019 – SAMMY Nominated for ‘Ripcords Live Album’
​2017 – SAMMY Nominated for ‘Doing It All’
2017 – NAMMY Nominated for ‘Doing It All’
2016 – Akademia Music Awards Best Rock/R&B Album
2014 – NAMMY 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

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