Drawing its musical influences from American roots music -- rhythm & blues, soul, Motown, boogie woogie and swing -- Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by a female vocal trio.With the support of independently-produced albums and videos, Eight to the Bar has cultivated a large, enthusiastic following that has put them in clubs from Maine to Miami. Their rigorous performing schedule (approximately 200 dates per year), has included opening spots for the Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, Neil Young, and Roy Orbison. Eight to the Bar is:

Cynthia Lyon - Keyboards, vocals. The band's founder, Cynthia is 8TTB'S primary songwriter and arranger. She has also played with Amyl and the Icons and The Dirty Blondes of New York City.

Todd Lyon - A vocalist in the band's original lineup of 1975, Cynthia's sister Todd rejoined 8TTB recently after singing with several West Coast bands, notably Baby Buddha of San Francisco.

Collin Tilton - Tenor and alto saxophones. Best known for his sax and flute playing on Van Morrison's million selling Moondance album, Collin also played with Etta James on the Rolling Stones' 1978 U.S. Tour. He has worked with a number of regional bands, notably the Shaboo All Stars.

Wayne June - Drums, vocals. Wayne's hard-edged drumming and three-and-a-half octave vocal range have been heard in several well-known New England bands, including The Riverside Drivers.

Chris Vachon - Guitar, vocals. Chris' bluesy lead guitar has been featured by Roomfull of Blues, and B. Willie Smith; as a bassist he has performed with Duke Robillard and the Pleasure Kings.

Ayessa Rodies - Vocals, tenor saxophone. Ayessa starred in the Canadian stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She has also played with the Montreal based, all original jazz fusion band Aricana.

Michael Corsini- Bass Guitar, vocals. A veteran bass player and teacher, Mike is best known for his dazzling work with the Magill-LaPine jazz quartet.





  • Acoustic, Folk, and Blues
    Albert King - Don't You Lie To Me
    B.B. King - Let The Good Times Roll
    Delta Rhythm Boys - St. Louis Blues
  • Country and Bluegrass
    Asleep At The Wheel - Bump, Bounce Boogie
    Asleep At The Wheel - Choo Choo Ch'boogie
    Asleep At The Wheel - Space Buggy
    Moon Mulligan - Cherokee Boogie
  • Modern, Alternative, and Classic Rock
    Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High
    Joe Jackson - We The Cats Shall Hep Ya
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Empty Arms
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Pride & Joy
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Scuttlebuttin'
  • Motown, Oldies, and Beach
    Aretha Franklin - Chain Of Fools
    Aretha Franklin - Respect
    Aretha Franklin - Think
    Ben E.King - Stand By Me
    Danny And The Juniors - At The Hop
    Dixie Cups - Chapel Of Love
    Fats Domino - I'm Ready
    Gladys Knight & The Pips - End Of Our Road
    Gladys Knight & The Pips - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
    J.J. Jackson - But It's All Right
    Junior Walker & All Stars - Shotgun
    Martha And The Vandellas - Dancin' In The Streets
    Martha And The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run
    Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine
    Ray Charles - Shake A Tailfeather
    Ray Charles - What I'd Say
    Roy Head - Treat Her Right
    Sam Cooke - You Send Me
    The Champs - Tequila
    The Dells - Oh What A Night
    The Everly Brothers - Flip, Flop, Fly
    The Five Satins - In The Still Of The Night
    The Honeydrippers - Good Rockin' Tonight
    The Honeydrippers - Sea Of Love
    The Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing
    The Isley Brothers - Shout!
    The Jackson Five - Abc
    The Jackson Five - I Want You Back
    The Mills Brothers - Nagasaki
    The Righteous Brothers - Kokomo
    The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
    The Supremes - Can't Hurry Love
    The Supremes - Come See About Me
    The Supremes - You Keep Me Hanging On
    Thurston Harris - Little Bitty Pretty One
    Wilson Pickett - Midnight Hour
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
  • R&B, Funk, and Disco
    Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is
    Betty Wright - Clean Up Woman
    Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free
    James Brown - Get On The Good Foot
    James Brown - Get Up Offa That Thing
    James Brown - Good Good Lovin'
    James Brown - Sex Machine
    James Brown - Tell Me What I Did Wrong
    Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff
    King Curtis - Soul Serenade
  • Standards, Swing, and Jazz
    Cab Calloway - Jumpin Jive
    Carmen McRae - My Funny Valetine
    Count Basie - All Right Ok, You Win
    Count Basie - Do You Wanna Jump, Children'
    Count Basie - Jumpin' At The Woodside
    Duke Ellington - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    Duke Ellington - Take The A Train
    Etta James - Tell Mama
    Fats Waller - Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood)
    Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
    Frank Sinatra - All Of Me
    Frank Sinatra - It Had To Be You
    Glenn Miller - A String Of Pearls
    Glenn Miller - Chattanooga Choo Choo
    Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade
    Jimmie Lunceford - Shake And Fingerpop
    Jimmie Lunceford - T'aint What You Do (It's The Way How You Do It)
    Louis Armstrong - Cold, Cold, Cold
    Louis Armstrong - Eight To The Bar
    Louis Armstrong - Not Another Love In Vain
    Louis Armstrong - Play It On Your Saxophone
    Louis Armstrong - Set You Free
    Louis Armstrong - Standing At The Crossroads
    Louis Armstrong - When Your Baby Loves You No More
    Louis Armstrong - Wonderful World
    Louis Prima - Just A Gigolo
    Louis Prima - Sing, Sing, Sing
    Manhattan Transfer - Route 66
    Mel Torme - Moonlight In Vermont
    Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
    The Andrews Sisters - Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar
    The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
    The Andrews Sisters - House Of Blue Lights
    The Andrews Sisters - In The Mood