Worldwide Touring and Recording Artist
“One of the finest performers I’ve ever seen.” Dean Evenson, Co-Founder, Soundings of the Planet
Singer of the worldwide smash hit COWS WITH GUNS:
#1 For The Year on Dr. Demento
#2 on Australian Country Charts
10 months on Seattle’s Top 40
6 months on Ireland’s Top 40
“Leader of a moo-vement...Catapulted to cult status.” The Portland Oregonian
“Play it once and watch the phones explode.” Bob Rivers, Twisted Tunes, KZOK, Seattle
“A current-day Pete Seeger...” The Bellingham Weekly
“An out-of-control Johnny Cash.” The Western Front, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
“Every movement has its minstrel. The unions had Woody Guthrie. The peace movement had Phil Ochs. The environmental movement has Dana Lyons.” Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Dana Lyons is the singer/songwriter best known for his dynamic performances and outrageous hit songs “Cows With Guns,” “RV” and “Ride The Lawn.” A global radio and web hit, “Cows With Guns” was #1 for the year on Dr. Demento, #2 on the Australian Country charts, #1 in Seattle and spent six months on the Irish Top 40.
Bringing together a mix of comedy, ballads and love songs, Dana’s sharp wit and beautiful voice have him performing at concert halls, festivals, conventions, fundraisers and universities across the US and around the world. Dana’s music style includes a bit of everything; his biggest radio hit, “Cows With Guns,” receives crossover radio play on country, rock, alternative, community, college and oldies radio stations worldwide. He has seven releases to date, including his latest two, released in 2004: “Circle the World: Songs & Stories” with Dr. Jane Goodall and “Ride the Lawn.”
Dana has toured in 46 of the 50 American states, around the East Coast of Australia and across Ireland, England, New Zealand, Mexico, Kazahkstan and Siberia. Dana performs at festivals ranging from Farm Aid with Willie Nelson and Neil Young to the Harley Davidson Festival in Sturgis, South Dakota where he shared the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Nazareth and Blue Oyster Cult. His policy of “I’ll play anywhere once” has landed Dana gigs on a tropical island in the Great Barrier reef of Australia, an Irish Pub in Beijing and the Hanford Nuclear Waste Dump in his home state of Washington.
Two of Dana’s songs have been made into award-winning illustrated books: Cows With Guns, published by Penguin (winner of the Bullitzer Prize), and The Tree, published by Illumination Arts. The Tree was endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall, has forwards by Pete Seeger and Julia Butterfly Hill and has won numerous awards.
Dana’s songs have been re-recorded by many artists, but perhaps his highest honor as a songwriter came when Pete Seeger called him to get the music for Dana’s song “I am an Animal.” Dana has shared the stage with many notable performers including Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Pete Sears of Jefferson Starship, Stephen Stills, River Phoenix, Nickel Creek, Country Joe McDonald, Utah Phillips and John Trudell.
Dana was born in Kingston, New York. He graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He lives in a nice garage in Bellingham, Washington, with his cat Oliver. His astrological sign is Taurus.
COWS WITH GUNS
Read the Cows With Guns Story
“It’s the indie success story of the year.” Indie Magazine, Australia
“’Free Bird’ used to be the rock anthem of Memphis. Now it’s ‘Free Cow’.” Tim Spencer, WEGR Rock, Memphis
“Moo-ve on over, Reba and Garth, ‘Cows With Guns’ is taking over the airwaves from Bellingham to Brisbane.” John P. McLaughlin, The Province, Vancouver, BC
You love it, you hate it, but ‘Cows With Guns’ is a smash hit here in Cleveland!” Brian Fowler, WMMS, Alternative Rock, Cleveland, OH
CIRCLE THE WORLD WITH JANE GOODALL
Dana Lyons and Dr. Jane Goodall’s recent release, Circle the World, is a beautiful mix of Jane Goodall telling stories of chimpanzees and working for peace and environmental justice and Dana’s inspiring ballads. Dana met Dr. Goodall when she wrote an endorsement for his award-winning book The Tree. Dana performs regularly at Dr. Goodall’s youth activist program, Roots and Shoots. The title track, “Circle the World,” celebrates Dr. Goodall’s campaign to have folks all over the world parade with giant peace dove puppets on United Nation’s World Peace Day, held yearly on September 21st.
THE TREE BOOK
* Illustrated by David Danioth
* Forwards by Julia Butterfly Hill and Pete Seeger
* Published by Scholastic Books and Illumination Arts
“The Tree should be on every child’s bookshelf. The illustrations are hauntingly beautiful. The message is powerful we must take peaceful action to save what we love.” Dr. Jane Goodall
The Tree Book Awards
* Earth Hero Award
* Skipping Stones Honor Award
* Nominated for the Washington State Book Award
Dana’s song “I Am An Animal” is performed by Pete Seeger.
OUR STATE IS A DUMPSITE: Washington’s State Song?
Thirteen co-sponsors in the Washington State Legislature introduced Dana’s tune “Our State is a Dumpsite” to be the official state song. Sadly, it was struck down in the rules committee. Still, "Dumpsite" was included as one of the 75 most important songs in Washington State’s official centennial songbook, Washington’s Songs and Lore.
“Dumpsite” also appeared in the soundtrack to Robert Redford’s movie documentary The WIPP Trail. Dana’s songs have also been included in other movie and television documentary soundtracks, including “Drop of Water” in the Canadian film documentary "No Surrender and" “June is a Comin’” in the TV documentary Fishing Families.