You can catch Sam solo at 1855 Saloon and Grill in Cottage Grove this Friday, Jan 30. For full schedule go here.
Sam’s new album Trance can be purchased here.
Madison is experiencing a flush of young, talented musicians, nurtured by Launchpad, Girls Rock Camp, the Madison Music Foundry, the Madison Area Music Association and, in no small measure an improved school music system thanks, in part to the Wisconsin School Music Association. The first waves of performers and recording artists in the era of modern music are showing up as private instructors and running music programs. In Madison we are lucky to be able to observe all of this and know that the future of music is in safe hands. These youngsters know how to write, record and perform, utilizing all the incredible and incredibly affordable technology available to them. And yes, they are making videos, too.
Sam Lyons is at the forefront of the new wave of young artists that are making a monumental impression. Lyons is the son of Phil Lyons and they are one solid musical family. He recently deferred a scholarship at Berklee School of Music to make time to record his third album entitled Trance, which was released on December 4th (read a review here). I first ran across Sam at the Launchpad competition where I witnessed him silence an auditorium with a soulful blend of R&B, pop and jazz. I was astounded at his knowledge of chord construction and melody. He was immediately booked to play the MAMA Awards where he and his band stole the show.
“Summer Sun” is one of the songs on Trance and is a typical Sam Lyons tune. Smooth vocals, excellent melodic and harmonic structure all wrapped up in a flowing, soulful rhythmic pace that can be described as enchanting. The main duo on the Trance recording consists of Chris Di Bernardo on drums and Sam playing guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and supplying all vocals. However, on “Summer Sun” what you hear is all Sam. The song is an ode to Wisconsin in a poetic manner.
The video for the track was produced by Trevor Banks, a rising figure in video production, particularly musical video production. Banks is the son of Joey Banks (an accomplished drummer who plays in numerous outfits, is an instructor and just an all-around good guy), further exemplifying the role of parent-offspring nurturing and the passing of the baton to the younger generation.
Take a look at “Summer Sun” and drop a comment to let us know what you think.