Introducing Trevor Lyon:
I had the pleasure of hearing Trevor Lyon’s performance last year at Griffin’s of Kinsale in South Pasadena, CA for youbloomLA 2014 and recently reconnected with him to find out more about him as an artist and what has been going on since the festival.
Both a solo artist and a band contributor, Trevor considers his music a “robust blend of Reggae infused with elements of Rock, Blues, Hip Hop and Jazz.” A Napa California native, Trevor can be found performing locally with his hometown band, The One Little Story Band—a collection of musicians he has met over his years of playing in Napa. It consists of a guitarist, a keyboard and flute player, a drummer, and Trevor contributes bass and vocals. But, because his band can generally not travel far or stay on the road for any length of time, Trevor often performs solo acoustic or even track shows (shows with a DJ instead of a band) when he is not in the Napa area. This freedom allows him to collaborate with other bands when he is on the road. This is how he first met Mendo Dope in 2012 when they approached him after a solo show in Ukiah, CA. They began performing together, which exposed the Mendocino County area to Trevor’s music and grew his fanbase there.
In 2013, Trevor joined the band, Mystic Roots as a backup bassist and special guest artist. He toured with them for about 8 months, traveling around Oregon and California and even opening up for Ziggy Marley at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. During this same time, Trevor played bass for a world fusion band called Cosmos Percussion Orchestra, playing many festivals including Bottlerock (Napa Valley, CA), Earth Day (San Francisco, CA), and Ashkenaz (Berkley, CA).
In the Spring of 2014, Trevor joined up with Irie Fuse from Marin County, playing bass for about 4 months in a ton of different shows in the area. But, Trevor began feeling the pull to focus on his own music again. He slowed down the rest of the year, playing with his own band and attending a few festivals (including ours!). After the festival, Trevor took some time off to enjoy some family time for the holidays. Nevertheless, he was able to push his holiday single (“Happy Holidays”) by Christmas (which you can find here).
In February of this year, things kicked back up for him and he played some acoustic gigs around the San Francisco Bay area. The momentum continued into Spring when Trevor played with his full band in venues including the Legendary Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA. This summer, Trevor’s gigs ranged from playing solo acoustic shows to playing festivals with his whole band. The venues ranged from The Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem, NY to the Napa Porchfest in California. Now that the summer season is ending, Trevor has returned home and is focusing his attention on the studio.
One of Trevor’s studio projects began on September 7th in Mendocino County and took place (get this…) in the world’s first Ganja Tree recording booth. This is not the first time he has collaborated with cannabis culture Hip Hoppers, Mendo Dope. Trevor will be contributing guitar, bass and vocals on their album. This will be the first ever hip hop album that’s recorded inside a marijuana tree. We can’t wait to hear this one…
Additionally, Trevor is excited to begin recording his next EP entitled, “One Little Story.” This album will be a collection of reggae songs that Trevor has been playing live for quite a while, but has yet to lay down in the studio. He also has a second project in the works which is slightly more acoustic and has less reggae overtones. Though this project (tentatively called “When It’s Good) is currently an EP, Trevor explains that he is writing songs at such a rate, it may end up being an album. Besides recording and performing, Trevor is also working on branching out from his own merchandise items into building his own clothing line. And (as if that’s not enough), Trevor is working on building his own studio. “My main focus at first will be to have my own space to record anytime I wish, but I also want to write for and produce other artists.” Trevor knows it will take some time, but he is happy to begin the process and use the industry resources he has gathered over the years to make it happen.
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