Steve Tyson was born into a fertile Brisbane music scene. 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, was an eclectic mix of contemporary story-based folk songs, with nods to roots music and jazz, 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 the 16th 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.
Steve continues to gig with Rough Red, who celebrate their 21st anniversary in 2016. He is currently writing and recording his third album.