Artist info

Genre

Roots


band members

Matthew James Lyons


Influences

Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly, Gillian Welch, Ron Sexsmith, Ryan Adams


Website

matthewjameslyons.com/

Bio

Sydney folk-country singer-songwriter Matthew James Lyons evokes the hope and doubt we keep hold of beneath the surface. His warm vocal tones and intricate guitar stylings are the perfect framework for his absorbing songs.

Embracing the singer-songwriter tradition of icons Paul Simon, Jackson Browne and Paul Kelly, his writing displays a distinct melodicism and wordplay. Further drawing on the canvas that alt-country offered through artists such as Wilco, Gillian Welch and Ryan Adams, he finds himself tangled somewhere within the strings that tie folk and country with melodic pop. In recent years, the broad umbrella of Americana has embraced his work.

Inspired by the work and artistry of Paul Simon, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Paul Kelly, Lyons’ writing displays a distinct melodicism and unique wordplay. Drawn to the emotional canvas that alt-country offered through artists such as Wilco, Gillian Welch and Ryan Adams, he finds himself tangled somewhere within the strings that tie folk and country with melodic pop. In recent years, the broad umbrella of Americana has embraced his work.

Matthew James Lyons has shared the stage with the likes of Jon Auer (Posies/Big Star), Christine Anu, Youth Group & Matthew Barber (Canada). He was included on the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival list of artists in 2012.