Ken Lyon – 2012

Equally at home with acoustic & electric blues, the Newport native achieved international success with a series of recordings as a solo artist & leader of the many lineups of his Tombstone Blues Band.

A Newport native and a lifelong Rhode Island resident, Ken Lyon’s career spans five decades beginning with his days as a folk-blues singer on the Greenwich Village scene of the early 1960s. The “folk” phase of his career was capped by the nationally-released Decca Records album “Ken Lyon In Concert” in 1970. Beginning in the late ’60s, Ken experimented with various electric/acoustic combinations culminating in the Columbia Records album “Ken Lyon & Tombstone” in 1973.

Along the way, he achieved legendary status in southern New England as a “godfather” of the blues. His selfless approach as a band leader provided the launching pad for dozens of other R.I.-based musicians including tenor sax legend Scott Hamilton, blues & swing guitarist Duke Robillard, Brenda Mosher of Prince’s Vanity Six and Apollonia Six, and many others.

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