Dallas-based band brings back old school rock
Reminiscent of rock heavyweights like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Deep Purple, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights seeks to put the roll back into rock ’n’ roll, according to the band’s biography.
The band will perform at 6:45 p.m. Saturday on The Sailor Jerry Stage.
The Dallas band, signed to Atlantic’s F-Stop Music in 2008, cites Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix as inspirations.
Jonathan Tyler – front man, guitarist and lead singer – founded the band in 2007 after moving to Dallas from Birmingham, Ala. The "Northern Lights" include singer Mo Brown, guitarist Brandon Pinckard, drummer Jordan Cain and bassist Nick Jay.
To anyone who has ever jammed to Led Zeppelin or is seeking to head bang in a leather jacket; look out for Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights at this year’s Norman Music Festival. Infused with standout guitar solos and powerful vocals, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights transport fans to the days of hard-hitting rock, with a healthy dose of soul.
The band dropped its first album, “Pardon Me,” in 2010, and it features 11 songs encompassing the various nuances of rock music.
The title song is attention grabbing and has all the elements a heavy rock song should have. However, not all of the songs on the band’s debut album are an edge-of-your-seat rock tour de force. Lighter tunes include “She Wears a Smile,” a John Mayer-esque song about the one that got away.
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights have something for every rock enthusiast, and will appeal to fans of current bands such as The Cadillac Black, Red Wanting Blue and The Delta Saints.