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Jeremy Lyons performing in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Vapors of Morphine (2014)
|Born||March 24, 1970|
Ithaca, New York, United States
|Genres||Rockabilly, New Orleans R&B, blues|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass|
|Associated acts||Vapors of Morphine, Deltabilly Boys, Bright Moments, The Busted Jug Band|
Jeremy Lyons (born March 24, 1970) is an American musician, currently based in Massachusetts.
Lyons was born in Ithaca, New York, United States. As a teenager, he learned from friends and first studied guitar with British folk musician Martin Simpson in Ithaca. After moving to New Orleans in 1992, he made his living playing in the streets with the Big Mess Blues Band for five years. He immersed himself in the local scene, playing Delta blues, zydeco, Cajun, gospel, R&B, traditional New Orleans jazz, and Harlem swing.
Along with drummer Paul Santopadre and Greg Schatz, he founded the Deltabilly Boys. They played in the United States and Europe. Some of their albums includede Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch (1999); Live at the Dragon’s Den; Death of a Street Singer; Live at Fribourg; and Jeremy Lyons and the Deltabilly Boys.
He moved to Boston in 2005, fleeing from the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. There he met Dana Colley, Jerome Deupree and Billy Conway from the then disbanded Morphine and they started playing together, informally at first. In 2009, Colley and Deupree formed Members of Morphine, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the sudden death of frontman Mark Sandman. Colley invited Lyons to play the two-string bass and sing in the newly formed band. The group later changed its name to Vapors of Morphine, and they had been playing weekly in Atwood’s Tavern, a small venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, since the spring of 2009.
Lyons also performs regularly for children at schools, libraries and special events. In 2014, he released a solo album called Make it Better, and beside his work with Vapors of Morphine, he still plays with the Deltabilly Boys a few times a year and with his newest project, The Busted Jug Band, which performs hokum, blues and novelty music in an acoustic format.
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