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Steve Tyson was born into a fertile music scene in Brisbane, Australia. His earliest bands, Gentle Art and Spike, played in underground blues and r&b clubs whilst he was still at school. His two later projects, Rough Red and twentysevens, have released nine albums over the past two decades, and Steve has been a major contributing songwriter for all of these records. Both bands have toured extensively in Europe, with folk-rockers Rough Red having performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Skagen Festival in Denmark, Vikedal Roots Music Festival in Norway, Brosella Festival in Belgium, Bardentreffen Festival in Germany, Skuleberget Festival in Sweden, Galway Arts Festival in Ireland, Paide Shanty Festival in Estonia, and Charlety Stadium in France. Steve’s blues/rock band twentysevens was invited to tour the UK in 2006 as support act to legendary British group Status Quo, playing 31 shows in 42 days throughout England, Scotland and Wales, at venues including Wembley Arena. Individually, he played in the Australian touring band for Chuck Berry, and in Gentle Art and Spike as the support act in Australia for Billy Joel, Elton John, Black Sabbath, and Canned Heat.

His critically acclaimed debut solo record TEMPLE DOG, released in 2011 with 4 star reviews in the national music press, was an eclectic mix of contemporary story-based country and contemporary folk songs delivered with innovative musicianship by Steve and a team of fine players. Stories gleaned from Steve’s travels through exotic locations such as India, Russia, Japan and Vietnam were interspersed with tales of post 9-11 trauma, family skeletons, caustic political satire, and matters of the heart.

His second album GREEN SIDE UP, released in August 2014, was recorded predominantly in Steve’s own studio in the Byron Bay hinterland, where he now lives. For much of the inspiration for this new record, Steve had to look no further than his family history, with stories of his great-grandmother’s tough life in rural Queensland, his great uncle’s capture and imprisonment during the Great War, and his French ancestors fleeing from religious persecution in the16th century, intertwined with more stories from the road, love, murder and a healthy dose of black humour. He toured this album extensively through Australia with an assorted band of players, dubbed The New Felons. GREEN SIDE UP also scored 4 star reviews in the national music press.

In late 2017, Steve released his third album in Australia, entitled WRONG TRAIN, RIGHT STATION. For this album, Steve played every instrument himself to produce a set of songs that has been referred to as “garage country”, a mix of alt.country/roots and contemporary folk. Again the album scored excellent reviews, and he toured the album with his new band The Train Rex, which features Steve on acoustic and electric guitars, John Barr on bass guitar, Andy Kirkcaldie on drums, and Ian Shawsmith on electric guitars.

Steve has spent the latter part of 2018 and early 2019 recording a new set of tunes with the band, being released as a series of singles under the band name Steve Tyson & The Train Rex. The band is a dynamic unit that delivers Steve’s songs with passion, fire, and humour. Live they are equally at home performing in intimate story-telling mode, or delivering the late night party set.

Genres Americana, Blues, Roots
Members Steve Tyson - lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
John Barr - bass guitar, vocals
Ian Shawsmith - electric guitar
Andy Kirkcaldie - drums
Influences Beatles, Little Feat, Ryan Adams, Bruce Cockburn plus many Americana & alt.country bands and siunger-songwriters
Phone 0411 888 846
Email stevetyson@live.com.au
Website www.stevetyson.com.au
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Location Northern Rivers, NSW Australia

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