Shannon Lyon is a Canadian musician and singer-songwriter. Born in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada, Lyon began his musical career in Kitchener, Ontario in the early 90’s forming his first band Strange Days (1990-1993) recording one album entitled ‘Life Aint Easy’ produced by Nelson McCrossan. During this time Lyon also started his low-key solo career and released his first solo studio album entitled ‘Buffalo White’ in 1994 which was recorded by friend Bill Braun.
Since 1994 Lyon has released ten studio albums and has received critical acclaim and commercial success in Europe, North America and Australia.
Lyon was the first Canadian signed to Richard Branson’s post Virgin Records label V2 in 2004(becoming label mates with The White Stripes and Paul Weller) with the release of the critically acclaimed album ‘Wandered’ which was recorded in a 17th century farmhouse in the south of Holland with Dutch producer Bj Baartmans. Wandered was released in Australia on Collision records and in Europe on Inbetweens Records.
In 2003 Lyon signed with Canadian Roots label Busted Flat Records (Matt Anderson, Jay Semko, Paul MacLeod), a roots music label founded in 2002 by music impresario Mark Logan and based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Busted Flat has released 5 of Lyon’s albums to date. (Bound, Safe Inside, Someday Mourning, El Sol, and Broken Things).
Lyon moved to Holland in 2000 and spent the better part of a decade living and touring in Spain, Germany, France and The Netherlands.
Lyon is currently located in Canada.
(Lyon has toured and shared the stage in Europe, Australia, USA and Canada with such artists as Lucinda Williams, Richard Buckner, Jay Farrar, Ray LaMontagne, Blue Rodeo and Bruce Cockburn).
**I was the very first person to interview Shannon Lyon many years ago, and I knew then he was destined for great things. His latest album The Lights Behind (produced by longtime pal Rob Szabo) revisits old songs including a few from one of his first bands Strange Days.**
20 years on, Shannon Lyon has lassoed the wild west of the music industry with his special brand of alt folk that has made him one of Canada’s most gifted songwriters.
For more on Shannon – http://www.shannonlyonmusic.com/
I caught up with Shannon en route to Sudbury during his cross Canada 35 city tour (including Kitchener’s Cafe Pyrus Sat May 3) which begins in Kamloops, and ends in Kamloops, not far from his mountain home / recording studio – Lost Creek Cabin. See ya @ Cafe Pyrus – Coral FM.