Band with Auburn ties nominated for Native American Music Awards | Lifestyles

Central New York band The Ripcords and member Irv Lyons Jr., both regular Auburn-area performers, have been nominated for a total of seven Native American Music Awards.

The group is nominated for Group of the Year and Best Blues Recording for their live album “Unmasked”. Its members received another Best Blues Recording nomination for “The Roof is Leaking,” a West Side Social Club release, which features The Ripcords plus Earl Slick, Pete McMahon and Liz Strodel.

Lyons, a member of the Oneida Nation, is nominated for Artist of the Year, Best Male Vocalist and Best Rock Recording for his release “Private Invitation” and Best Song from an Album for “Save the Planet” featuring the late Joanne Shenandoah. In a press release, Lyons said the nominations are “an incredible honor and a great privilege.”

“‘Private Invitation’ is my best work to date,” he said. “The most complete in terms of lyrics and music. It’s a snapshot of my love, friendship and heart experiences. These songs are all radio ready because any of them could be on the charts now My true labor of love which hopefully people will enjoy and play again and again.

Joining Lyons in The Ripcords is his cousin, Rex Lyons, along with Jay Gould, Tom Witkowski and Steve Palumbo. The band and Lyons perform regularly at Moondog’s Lounge, the city’s outdoor summer concert series, and other local venues. Irv Lyons Jr. said he thought “Unmasked” captured the band’s ability to blend blues, rock, swing, jazz and more, as well as their own originals.

“People will listen and hopefully see how we can deliver great sound and performance in this live recording,” he said.

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