Jim Lyon - Songwriter, lead vocals and guitars. Lyon has three previous releases: Jim Lyon and the Urban Bushmen (1991), Leaping in the Dark (1988), and Points of Contact (1982) and now Promise of Rain
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, composer Jim Lyon began pursuing his musical interests at the age of 16 years, playing the guitar and writing his first songs. This continued through college where he obtained degrees in Music (voice) and Education at the University of Colorado. Lyon released his first recording, "Points of Contact" in 1982. That same year he moved to Seattle where he has continued to perfom at many diverse venues throughout the Northwest, including clubs, colleges, and major festivals. Lyon's musical influences include Bruce Cockburn, Johnny Clegg, and Andy Summers. Lyon's lyrics convey concern for the environment and human rights, interwoven with his interest in mythology and mystic traditions.
Dan Ochipinti - Drums, backing vocals, keyboard trigger pads. Also plays with Weather From Space, and composes for modern dance. Originally from Sacramento, Califomia, Dan has lived in Seattle since 1985.
Dan Schmitt - Bass, percussion. Also plays with L'Orchestra Afrisound, and has played with Batucada and Paixao Do Brasil. Has composed music for both theatre and dance. Dan has lived in Seattle since 1978.
Steve Jones - Acoustic and electronic percussion. Instructor of Latin percussion at the Seattle Drum School. Has played with Rumors Of The Big Wave and Laura Lavi. Steve has lived in Seattle since 1979.
These diverse musical elements and talented musicians come together in the Urban Bushmen's "World Rock"; an intelligent union of the infectious rhythms of Africa and Latin America, with the energy and excitement of rock. You will dance. The Urban Bushmen is a tight, professional band playing music they truly enjoy. From the words of one of their songs; "We're here to celebrate!" The band hopes that many people will get the opportunity to hear their music and celebrate with them.
Promise of Rain features nine original songs by Jim Lyon and one instrumental by Dan Ochipinti and Lyon that range in style from dance tunes to provocative ballads. Lyon's lyrics are personal commentaries on the joys and trials of living in this modern world including life's ironies in Interesting Times and the relational heartbreak experienced between fathers and sons in Quiet Men. Lyon's unique finger-style electric and acoustic guitar work is driven by Dan Schmitt's melodic, African-styled bass lines and the powerful drumming and percussion of Dan Ochipinti and Steve Jones.
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