Sam's Story

Sam grew up as the youngest of a musical family in the woods west of Madison, Wisconsin. He started out on piano, has played trumpet and tuba, but settled in on guitar when he was 8. He quickly developed into an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who has performed on NPR (at just 16), and throughout the Midwest including Milwaukee's Summerfest, The Pabst Theater, and the Isthmus Jazz Fest. He has won several awards including 10 MAMA’s (Madison Area Music Awards). Sam currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and performs with cult favorite Brett Newski.

What people are saying:


“Sam has a true gift for creative pop songwriting. My daughter is always asking me to "play Sam Lyons"  Butch Vig (Grammy Winning Producer)

“Sam is a rare talent that will make Madison proud“ Freedy Johnston (Rolling Stone Songwriter of the Year 1994)


"Sam is reminiscent of a young Vince Gill to me, the casual confidence and melodic maturity." (Charley Cheney, Steel Bridge Songwriter)


“Sam Lyons delivers a powerful soul inflected show full of visceral grooves and pop hooks that stick” 77 Square, Madison, WI


“if I was a gambling man, I’d put my money down on Sam Lyons right now to someday take home a Grammy.” Rick Tvedt - Local Sounds Inc., The MAMA’s