Trevor Lyon
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Trevor Lyon

Napa, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Napa, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Rock Hip Hop




"Artist Spotlight: Trevor Lyon"

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.

You can stay informed of upcoming shows, albums, and other news here:

And you can find Trevor’s music on Itunes or Amazon - YouBloom

"Weed Nerd Nation Show Brings it Home"

"As the venue began to increase its count of attending fans, Trevor Lyon stepped up to the stage and brought on his witty, magical and inspirational blend of "Reggae infused with elements of Rock, Blues, Hip Hop and Jazz. An experienced performer like Trevor knows his way around the notes and the tones but his personality also seems to imbue his sound with an extra bit of pizazz. Lyrics like "we are all connected ... just skewed by perspective" demonstrate some of his philosophy which also rang the cannabis bell that was predominant throughout the night." - Susan Raines -

"BottleRock countdown continues with St. Helena performance Thursday"

Music lovers of all generations will gather at the Napa Valley Expo from May 30 to June 1 for Napa’s second BottleRock music festival — a celebration of wine, cuisine and music.

With the event just weeks away, festival-goers and business owners alike are preparing for the three-day concert that will feature 60 classic and current superstar performers on four different stages, such as The Cure, Outkast, LL Cool J, Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Weezer.

According to BottleRock partner Jason Scoggins there is room in the Napa Valley for more than just food and wine. “Music is a huge complement to the culture we have already established in the valley,” he said Monday.

Although BottleRock will take place in Napa, Upvalley businesses also are getting involved in the festivities. On Thursday, May 8, a free preview party will be held at St. Helena’s La Condesa restaurant, located at 1320 Main St., featuring Kristen Van Dyke and the Trevor Lyon Band, two BottleRock performers. Happy hour specials and an exclusive menu will be offered from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Why an Upvalley event? Scoggins said, “The event is called BottleRock Napa Valley. We are really trying to embrace the entire valley, not just the city of Napa.”

He added, “This is a great thing for not just Napa, but the entire valley. Heck, why wouldn’t I want to watch a concert of this caliber in my own backyard?”

This year a new company, Latitude 38 Entertainment, has taken over the organization and management of the event. While last year’s festival was a big hit with those in attendance, it resulted in $4.5 million of debt and left many vendors and workers unpaid. Inheriting a brand with a bruised reputation is sure to present its problems, but David Graham, CEO of Latitude 38, said ticket sales are going great. Scoggins said he is expecting at least 30,000 people a day at this year’s festival.

To avoid a repeat of last year’s financial debacle, Scoggins said Latitude 38 has partnered with the nonprofit Napa Valley Youth Symphony to organize the distribution of monetary donations to other nonprofits. The Youth Symphony will coordinate with other organizations that are interested in being involved with BottleRock, and hire them as volunteers to work the event at food and beverage booths. At the end of the festival, they will take home 6 percent of their gross sales, Scoggins said.

While great music and a diverse lineup are the main attractions of the festival, “foodies” and “winos” can find culinary treats scattered throughout the 26-acre Expo in the craft beer garden, the food truck lot, the restaurant garden and the wine cabanas. Vendors this year will include vintners Miner Family Winery, Cakebread Cellars, Rombauer and Schramsberg, and restaurants such as Morimoto, Angele, Villa Corona and Eiko’s. Highlights of this year’s menu will include crab macaroni and cheese, made-to-order ceviche and wood-fired pizzas. “BottleRock Napa Valley is all about blending great music, food and wine … it really is a feast for your senses,” said Graham, according to a press release.

Tickets range from $149 to $599 but promotion codes are available from a variety of local winery or restaurant partners participating in the festival. Tickets can be purchased at - St. Helena Star

"BottleRock Stages feature Napa Bands"

Top acts from across the worlds of popular music are heading to the Napa Valley Exposition for BottleRock, May 30, May 31 and June 1: The Cure, Outkast, Heart, Railroad Earth, and De La Soul are just five of the 75 bands listed on the festival’s website.

Also in the line-up: More than a dozen Napa bands, playing almost as many different kinds of music, along with other Northern California groups on a special stage dedicated to regional performers.

“We had 142 submissions. Some amazing talent out there,” said Thea Witsil, owner of Wildcat Vintage Clothing in Napa and co-founder of Napa Porchfest, who is in her second year of managing the local and regional stage for BottleRock. “(I’m) so excited to help promote these awesome indie bands,” Witsil said.

The City Winery stage, also sponsored by Guitar Center, features several Napa bands that have been favorites at the annual Porchfest.

Cosmos Percussion Orchestra, May 30

Longtime Napa art and music teacher, John Hannaford, is a one of five percussionists in this eight-member, “world fusion” group, which draws on many musical cultures to create music that gets audiences dancing and even playing along.

The motto on the orchestra’s Facebook page reads, “Respecting the rich traditions of all forms of World Music; as well as the infinite possibilities of contemporary exploration.”

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The Deadlies, May 31

Napa’s own Deadlies have not only become the Bay Area’s preeminent, surf-rock band: They’ve established
a sound of their own, where classic surf meets country and punk.

Recently off a tour with Lisa Marie Presley and the Mavericks, the trio features founding members, James Patrick Regan and Bob St. Laurent — a.k.a. Good Morning Bob from KVYN and drummer, Tymber Cavasian.

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The Graveyard Boots, May 31

American roots music inspires this five-man Napa group, whose influences range from vintage country music to funk and the blues.

Members are Scott Turnnidge on drums, Mike Hirby on guitar and vocals, Abe Newman on bass, Oliver Jacobson on violin and vocals, and Jesse Baldo on guitar.

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Jealous Zelig, May 31

Jealous Zelig includes (in photo) Ross Rubin (on Vocals and Keys) and Les Violettes’ Colin Shipman (on Double-Bass). The band also includes Orchestra Napa Valley Fellow Matt Boyles on Bass Clarinet, Pablo Escobar on Drums, Napa High School Director of Bands Mike Riendeau on Trombone and Multi-instrumentalist Chris Vibberts on Steel, Classical and Electric Guitars.

Their sound is like “a bit of Bowie, Bach, Baker, Bud Powell and the Beatles, bringing the late-night partiers into the kitchen with Nilsson, Wonder, Redding, Mercury and Kaufman already raiding the back of the fridge,” according to the Jealous Zelig Facebook page.

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Grass Child, June 1

Originally called “Grass Child Gypsy,” this Napa supergroup features five music veterans combining their talents and influences to create a collaborative, high-energy sound, drawing on rock, funk and ska.

Sarah Madsen is the group’s “Songbird”; Brant Roscoe plays guitar, Jonny Tindall is the bassist, Barry Forsythe plays trap drums, and John Hannaford adds world percussion.

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Ramblerz, June 1

Long known as the Napa Valley Ramblers, this seven-piece group plays bluegrass, Napa style, weaving in sounds from other American traditions including blues, folk and Puerto Rican music.

Along with the group’s packed Porchfest appearances on Randolph Street every July, members of Ramblerz can be found playing in front of Wildcat Vintage Clothing on Main Street, as well as at local events and parties.

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Michael Thomason Band, June 1

This longtime Upvalley band also has a strong following overseas, with a #2 record on the European Country Music Association chart, and ECMA nominations for Band of the Year and Album of the year.

Thomason finds the soul of country with his intelligent original songs, the twang of his vocals with daughter Jessie, and powerful playing by guitarist Sean Allen, bassist Don Schmitt and drummer James Foster.

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The Sorry Lot, June 1

Named after a disdainful comment by a British bartender, this seven-piece, Napa band describes its sound as “rowdy Irish drinking music from California’s wine country,” with a repertoire of traditional classics, along with “more modern, irreverent tunes.”

Instruments include banjo, fiddle, tin whistle, accordion, guitar, bodhran (frame drum), mandolin, bass and bouzouki.

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“Several acoustic/singer-songwriter acts from Napa are also appearing in the BottleRock VIP Lounge, an exclusive festival area open only to premium ticket-holders.” Witsil said.

Trevor Lyon, May 30

A perennial Porchfest favorite, Lyon plays contemporary reggae influenced by hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. He’s also a songwriter with more than two dozen songs available on iTunes.

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Kristen Van Dyke, May 30

Another Porchfest crowd-pleaser, singer-songwriter Kristin Van Dyke formed her band, the Bunnies, in 2010.

Van Dyke tells BottleRock that her influences include Ani DiFranco, Tori Amos, Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday.

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Amber Snider Trio, June 1

She still calls Napa home, but Amber Snider is also an internationally-known performer, who is scheduled for a European tour in April and early May, followed by a string of Bay Area gigs leading up to BottleRock.

Called “super talented” by Richard Freedman of the Vallejo Times-Herald, Snider has recorded five CDs and two singles, and describes her sound as “Folk-Rock, Country & Blues = Ambericana.”

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Shelby Lanterman, June 1

Just 20 years old, Shelby Lanterman is already a well-known Napa singer-guitarist who has appeared multiple times at the Napa Valley Opera House and played Porchfest as part of the duo, Mirror Image, with Nadia Kako.

Lanterman’s songwriting and performing influences include classic rock bands such as Heart and
Led Zeppelin.

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Sweet Burgundy, June 1

This all-female trio of Napa singer-songwriters has been together for eight years, playing for audiences from wine country to the Caribbean, with a repertoire of acoustic originals and covers spanning folk-rock, country and blues.

Their BottleRock appearance follows the May 1 release date for their third CD, “Tattooed Melodies.”

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See the entire list of BottleRock performers at - Market Place

"Making of a Napa musician"

Known largely for his reggae tracks, local musician Trevor Lyon fell in love with music as a youngster growing up in Napa. His interest evolved slowly, thanks to the influence of everything from hip-hop to top-40 fare.

“In middle school, I’d be listening to the Beastie Boys one minute and the Violent Femmes the next,” said Lyon, who graduated from Vintage High School in 1991. “I was kind of all over the place.”

Today, Lyon is a bass guitarist and vocalist for two local reggae bands. He became a member of Napa’s C.R. Vibes approximately a dozen years ago, and Harvest Soul — a platform for Lyon’s own songwriting undertakings — came together in about 2010, he said. Although he’s also a solo artist, Lyon is big on collaborating with other musicians and groups.

A native Napan, Lyon, 39, is self-taught. He spent his formative years picking up many musical influences from his father, who favored artists including Fleetwood Mac, Huey Lewis, and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

“Growing up, my dad played in a band and I liked some of the same stuff he did,” Lyon said. “And when I got a little bit older, that’s when I started discovering reggae and jazz and listening to my own stuff.”

Lyon spent his teen years getting to know rap. After mastering the acoustic guitar, he started whiling away the hours teaching himself how to play bass. His fondness for reggae, meanwhile, just wouldn’t quit.

“I spent all of my money at the Wherehouse buying tapes,” he said of the now-shuttered music store chain. “I got the most obscure reggae music I could find.”

By about age 21, Lyon was playing local gigs as part of a three-piece Napa band. Named for the cartoon character Popeye’s father, “Poopdeck Pappy” played mostly rock ‘n’ roll cover songs. The band’s setlist came from bands like Sublime and Devo and the group played often at a bar called the Nightcap, which was nestled near Napa Bowl.

“It was fun, we gave a lot and made a couple of bucks,” he said. “That was my first band.”

Lyon has come a long way since his early days in music. In March, he released a self-produced single, “A Fool I Used To Be,” which he recorded from scratch in Napa. Lyon’s other recent studio undertakings include collaborating on hip-hop tracks with other groups. He’s also working on an album, which he said will boast everything from “rock to soul to reggae to hip-hop.”

When it comes to performing live, meanwhile, Lyon said he still gets butterflies before most shows.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “I’m a total ham and I love it. As soon as you put me up there, I get a big rush of energy.”

Moving forward, Lyon, who enjoys performing at local venues like the Napa Valley Opera House and Silo’s, is also playing at the three-day Unity Festival on the Russian River on Sept. 13.

Lyon said his future goals include going on tour in New York, Jamaica and Tokyo as a solo artist and performing with Canadian reggae artist Exco Levi. He’s also aiming to book more gigs in San Francisco.

A soccer enthusiast who enjoys spending time with his 4-year-old daughter, Marley, Lyon said he struck out on his own as a solo artist beginning in 2011. That’s also when he decided to pursue music full-time.

“I feel really blessed that I’m able to do this,” he said. “It’s amazing and it’s scary to try to follow your dream and do something you love — but it doesn’t feel like work.” - Napa Valley Register


Still working on that hot first release.



Influenced by his father, Trevor played guitar casually as a youth. In High School he taught himself how to play bass and dove deep into music as he came of age. Developing his own style was seamless and simple like a perfectly placed note in a subtle bass line that coerces your torso to wind in the pocket. Playing bass and performing in bands ranging from rock to reggae to fusion and jazz, Trevor honed his skills and learned his craft, all the while getting more and more comfortable as a performer. Time passed...Life lived and spiritual growth created the need to express more than melody and rhythm and so birthed the lyricist within. Trevor embarked on his solo career in 2011 with his debut LP "First Degree" and a tour. This exposure opened the doors for numerous collaborations and musical friendships over the years. Now with several albums, many features, production credits and countless shows under his belt (Some highlights include BottleRock Napa Valley [twice], Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Reggae on the River, Sierra Nevada Fest, Shrine NYC, YouBloomLA, Napa Opera House), Trevor is still at it and continuing to expand and develop his sound as a musician, vocalist, songwriter and performer. Look for a new EP in the near future!

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