Gabriella Kreuz– Syracuse, New York (NCC News) The Fabulous Ripcords, a Syracuse band, is no newcomer when it comes to performing. Blues, rock, country, swing and plenty other genres and influences have kept the group gigging live around Central New York and across the country.
Though the five-man set has been jamming together for twelve years, it’s being recognized for a nomination as Best Debut Group of the Year for the 15th annual Native American Music Awards.
How? Well, the Ripcords never applied for a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) until now.
Ripcords’ singer/guitarist Rex Lyons, and his cousin, Irv Lyons Jr. (song writer/vocals/guitar), both grew up on the Onondaga Nation. The two make up the only Native members of the band.
The other band members include: Scott Ebner (keys, accordion and songwriting), Jay Gould (bass & background vocals) & Phil Regan (drums).
“The cultural side never really occurred to us,” said Jay Gould. “It’s not like we tried to put a bunch of white guys with Native guys and see what happens. It’s more like we just came together on the musical side of things.”
The Fabulous Ripcord self-titled album won a 2010 Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Americana CD. The band’s 2012 album “VooDoo Girl” was SAMMY nominated in the Blues category in 2013.
The band’s Latin-flavored hit song “Seniorita” from the VooDoo Girl album is the song that was submitted among thousands of applicants to the NAMMY’S and got the Ripcords its Best Debut Group nomination.
There are 30 categories of awards and just six nominations for each.
“It’s gratifying to know that as a team we were able to get something looked at,” said Irv Lyons. “It would be great to bring this award home to Syracuse.”
Fans can vote for category winners on the Native American Music Awards website.
Winners will be announced Nov. 14 at the awards. The ceremony is at the Seneca Resorts and Casino in Salamanca, NY.