HOMETOWN | Newport [1941]

BIO | The son of a jazz drummer and classical singer, Lyon's early musical touchstones included vocal lessons from his mother and his first guitar, a Stella acoustic. He recorded singles for Dot and Epic in 1960 and '61, did two years in the Navy, and hit the folk circuit in Greenwich Village in 1965 [Ken Lyon In Concert, released on Decca Records in 1970, captured his distinctive folk-blues style]. From 1966 to 1972 Lyon worked a solo and with Tombstone Blues Band [featuring Duke Robillard, Steve Nardella, and Mark Taber]. A new Tombstone lineup released an LP on Columbia in 1973 and toured the US for two years before disbanding in 1975. Lyon mostly worked as a teacher in Hawaii and in Rhode Island from 1975-1990. In the last two decades, he has performed with Pendragon and a number of other bands, and produced records for Triton, led by his songs Alexander and Joshua.

FUN FACT | Lyon's first paying gig was under the name Calypso Ken, singing Harry Belafonte songs at Ted Hilton's Dude Ranch in Moosup, CT.

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