Rex lyons - guitar and vocals
Rex Lyons is the respected guitar player, vocalist and band leader of The Fabulous Ripcords. Recently inducted into the Blues Archive Hall of Fame, he sits in regularly with Los Blancos, Pete McMahon, and other local luminaries around CNY. Rex’s style is equal parts country, blues, rockabilly, and swing. Rex is best known for his work with Whiteboy and the Wagonburners, which rose to local and national acclaim. Rex has also played with The Roustabouts.
irv lyons JR. - guitar, vocals and songwriter
Irv Lyons Jr. is a talented vocalist and guitarist with a distinctive latin jazz influenced sound. Irv writes most of the original material for the Ripcords including "If You Love Me", a track that was included in the "Crooked Arrows" movie sound track. Performing flipped around and upside down, Irv will intrigue you with his sultry vocals and finessed guitar playing.
scott ebner - Piano, Organ, Accordion
Scott Ebner is known for his barrelhouse piano playing and swirling Leslie speaker sound along with accordion, mandolin, guitar and songwriting. Scott’s playing is influenced by New Orleans, Nashville, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Payne, The Band, and Chicago blues. Scott has played at the The Rodeo Bar and The Bitter End in NYC, the Broken Spoke in Austin, and other venues with CNY native and current Austin favorite Penny Jo Pullus. He has appeared at the Hillbilly Lane showcases in Austin Texas during the SXSW Festival and with Penny Jo at the festival. In the past, Scott has played and recorded with Kim Lembo, Homel-Alaniz Band (SAMMY Hall of Fame Inductees),The Casual Dogs, The Z-Bones, Ron Spencer and Jumpstart, Penny Jo Pullus’s Trailer Trash, The Easy Ramblers, and Ron DeRollo. He currently operates Skunk City Studio and is responsible for recording and mixing The Tipphilllbillies releases, “Recipe” (nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award) and "Lucky", The Roustabouts “Fried Chicken To Go”,The Easy Ramblers first 2 releases (the first a SAMMY winner and both nominated), and the two releases from The Fabulous Ripcords. The first release, self titled, won a SAMMY for Best Americana release. The second release, "Voodoo Girl", was also nominated for a SAMMY in the blues category.
jay gould - Bass
Jay began playing guitar at the age of eight, and hasn't let up since. After studying with Joe Jewel and Rick Balestra through high school, he headed to college to further study music. First O.C.C and then on to Berklee, where he studied under and played music with some of the finest musicians in the country. He cut his teeth playing with Martin Sexton in Syracuse, Scott Goulding, Kyle Esposito, Will Fownes, and Bob Czajak in Boston. After several years as a professional musician in New England, he headed west to Seattle where he worked in the studio with Ray Deary among others. This was his first real work as a bass player. “When I realized I could work a lot on the bass I decided I wasn’t going to do what many guitar players do in this situation, which is to sound like a guitar player on a bass. It meant loads of practice, and a new perspective to treat the bass as its own instrument." Upon returning to his home town of Syracuse, Jay quickly fell in with several revered local players such as Dugan Henhawk, Phil Regan, and Rex Lyons of White Boy and The Wagonburners as well as Mark Gibson, Ron Spencer, and Ross Moe of Jumpstart. A decade later he’s still playing all over the region with these guys in The Ripcords and The Ron Spencer Band. As the owner of Apex Musical Instruction, Jay teaches over 35 lessons per week to a huge variety of students in the tradition of excellence that was part of his education. “I really try to meet each student’s aspirations in tailoring their lesson plan, and to teach an understanding of music that will take each student far into the future as they develop their art. I love playing and teaching music on both guitar and bass, and feel extremely lucky to have such a good thing going.”
Steve Palumbo - drums
Steve Palumbo is the newest member of The Ripcords. Steve toured throughout the USA with the San Francisco based band Dead Ringers which at times included David Nelson (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jerry Garcia Almost Acoustic Band), Tom Constantin (Grateful Dead), Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna) Matt Kelly and Barry Flast (Kingfish), and David LaFlame (It’s a Beautiful Day) amongst others. Somewhere around 1995 Steve played in a Charlottesville, Virginia based band Magic Hat with various members from the band Indecision including Skaneateles native Doug Wanamaker. Steve has played in several Syracuse based bands such as the Homel Alaniz Band (SAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees), Casual Dogs, ESP, The Billionaires, Larry Stamatel, The Matter, and the Royal Paynes. He studied Music Education at Ithaca College and Percussion Performance at Syracuse University and is currently the band director at Geneva High School in Geneva, NY. After somewhat of a hiatus from the gigging scene Steve jumped at the chance, albeit under tragic circumstances, to attempt filling the large shoes of beloved drummer Dave Read.