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Artist Spotlight: Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights

So, d’you know how much I LOVE it when I’m right? Ah…SO much. Truly. And this is one of those times…

On my “First Music Blog”, Vacuity, I wrote the following post on March 13, 2009:

THIS weekend is all about JTNL, baby – Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights.
So, I’ve told you about JTNL before, but I know you weren’t paying attention. That’s okay – you will, especially if you’re listening right now.
Hailing from Texas (like most great things – my husband, for example), this gang plays their bluesy rock from the heart, the soul, the gut. No half assed effort here – you feel the music. They rock, they’ve just been signed to Atlantic and are preparing a major label release. They’re touring “intimate venues” now, so you’d best get your ass to a show soon, while you can still enjoy them from a barstool with a beer and not in an arena jam packed with screaming fans.
Cause that’s coming.
I’m just sayin’…


Now, I would be remiss not to thank Jason Castro & Castrocopia for turning me on to this band, and then my girl Ash of  Behind the Lens and 3 Hearts Media for feeding my inner fangirl.  It’s been incredible watching the climb, because…

Since that post, JTNL:

and when it hits, they are going to BLOW UP.

Yep, if you need some kick ass rock with a side of Texas hell-yeah, followed by a groove so slow and soulful that you’d swear it made your backbone shift uncontrollably…well, this is the band for you.  Pure, raw talent is the drive here – undeniable.  What they’ve put together doesn’t just happen, even with hard work (and this band has an unbelievable work ethic.)  No, sometimes you have to acknowledge when the magic is present…and the magic that is Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights will engulf you.

Jonathan Tyler – or JT as we’ll call him – is a dynamo.  I don’t know if this kid lives on Red Bull and Sugar Cubes or what, but he may well be challenging the late great JAMES BROWN as the hardest working man in show business.  He’s mixture of ethereal gypsy, Southern gentleman and riverboat gambler, leveled out with a sharecropper’s passion and sweat equity.  In other words – he’s the consummate musician, possessing the ability to hone his craft to such a degree as to deliver perfection to the audience effortlessly.  He’s the host who makes you feel completely comfortable the moment you meet him.  Listening to JTNL is natural, comfortable…visceral.

The band of artists that make up the Northern Lights are a force in their own right.  Jordan, Nick, Kansas and Ms. Emotion Brown have all brought mad skills to the table and make this musical feast complete.  And by all accounts…this entire gang is just “good people“.  That’s extra sauce on top of an already damn good slab of ribs!

But, don’t take MY word for it…simmer in THIS for a bit:

Jonathan Tyler – Slow Train from Ashley T. on Vimeo.

Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights from Ashley T. on Vimeo.

Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights from Ashley T. on Vimeo.

Yeah.  TOLD you.  woooooooo HOO!

My good buddy Rock and Roll Mama is heading out to Austin City Limits Music Festival next week, and hopefully will get some time with JTNL and bring us back more goodies…because you can never get enough of a good thing.
Now, sweetheart that he is, JT shuffled for us, too…his playlist is below. It’s damn nice.  After you listen, be sure to comment, because

I’ll be GIVING AWAY a copy of  their current CD:  Hot Trottin’.  Drawing will be via random.org from comments, so holla!


Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

1. Dead Weather – So Far From Your Weapon – (Horehound)
2. Cage the Elephant – “Drone in the Valley” – (Cage the Elephant)
3. Brian Jonestown Massacre – #1 Hit Jam – (Tepid Peppermint Wonderland)
4. Bon Iver – Flume – (For Emma, Forever Ago)
5. Pink Floyd – Brain Damage – (Dark Side of the Moon)
6. Nas – Halftime – (illmatic)
7. Led Zeppelin – Good Times, Bad Times – (Led Zeppelin I)
8. Allman Brothers Band – Mountain Jam – (Live from Fillmore East)
9. Ryan Adams – Please Do Not Let Me Go – (Love is Hell)
10. The Faces – “Stay With Me” – (A Nod is as Good as a Wink)

As always, if you love it…buy it.
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And comment for a chance to win!

14 Responses to Artist Spotlight: Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
  1. Ri, the MSM
    September 29, 2009 | 11:28 pm

    Thanks for playing along, JT! (And for being such a sport with my snarky tweets. ;)) <3 you, <3 your shuffle. Can’t wait for the new CD.

  2. Starrlight
    September 29, 2009 | 11:31 pm

    OMFG…Brian Jonestown Massacre! I bow to this man for both his original music and his excellent taste! And Mountain Jam! And Ryan Adams!

  3. Ash
    September 30, 2009 | 3:35 am

    And i totally saw Cage the Elephant tonight. And, um, will see them 2 more times in the next 10 days… J.T’s shuffle is FTW. Proud of that band doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel….Srsly.

  4. Tiffani
    September 30, 2009 | 4:39 pm

    Well, you know I love me some JTNL and have since my indoctrination, um, introduction. Evidence: http://thp1723.blogspot.com/2008/06/gypsy-woman.html

    And I love JT even more for the last song on his list … because it features Rod the Bod. (Ri, shush! LOL)

    Rock on!

    • Ri, the MSM
      September 30, 2009 | 9:26 pm

      …I’m doing that little turnkey on the lips thing RIGHT NOW…bwahahahaha!

  5. Ri, the MSM
    September 30, 2009 | 9:27 pm

    And, may I just respectfully ask “the hell?” about the disparity between the HUNDREDS of page views this post has had, and the dearth of comments?

    FREE ALBUM GIVEAWAY, folks. GREAT MUSIC. Come out and show yourselves, lurkers! We don’t bite…hard. 😉

  6. oh_pook
    October 1, 2009 | 8:49 am

    Most Excellent, Ri! You’ve truly captured Jonathan in your writing… and love that I could mix my iPod up with his and maybe not know it for a little while!

    Oh and Ash!… I’m a bit jealous of the Cage the Elephant shows…

    Rock and Roll Mama.. have fun at ACL

  7. Mari
    October 1, 2009 | 8:54 am

    Oh I love me some bluesy rock. It’s the perfect antidote to, well, pretty much everything that sucks! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Devilish Southern Belle
    October 1, 2009 | 1:14 pm

    The Dead Weather? I love this man already! (can’t get the song to play, though…gah!)

    Love Floyd and Zep, too…and it’s nice to hear something from Cage the Elephant besides Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked.

    I’ve seen several of you blog about this band’s music, so I finally broke down and gave it a listen. I’m so glad I did! Don’t bother entering me in the drawing; I BOUGHT IT!

    This shuffle just rocks!

  9. So inspired!
    October 1, 2009 | 1:46 pm

    […] Take this week, for instance: Jonathan Tyler of Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights has Guest DJ-ed at The Buzz. And she has a fab giveaway going on as well; if you aren’t reading….you should […]

  10. Ri, the MSM
    October 4, 2009 | 9:58 pm

    Annnnnd, the winner of the JTNL Hot Trottin’ CD is none other than oh_pook!!!

    Congrats, pookster – if you already have this CD (which I suspect may be the case), I’ll promise to pre-order the new one for you as soon as it’s available if you’d rather.

    Lemme know! 😉

    • oh_pook
      October 7, 2009 | 12:24 pm

      Ha ha!!! My luck must be changing!!! I won $10 bucks in the lottery the other day and now this!!! Woohoo!!! Ri, you are correct… It’s almost one year since I first saw them and got my serenade… (and physical CD) but oh man… if you can get your hands on one of their lighters from this summer… we’ll call it even *squishyface*

      • Ri, The MSM
        October 7, 2009 | 12:37 pm

        Oooooh – a CHALLENGE! *rubs hands together ala Monty Burns* EEEXXCEEELLLEENNT! Lighter, huh? I’ll see what I Ash can do…;)

  11. Karol
    November 26, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    One thing that has helped me to see this is to look at scuiptrre not as Old and New so as to set up, even if not purposefully, two separate books but see it as one book from God with a central theme. Since God has ordained that literature, and the preaching of that literature, would be used to reveal the message of His Son then we can look more intently at how each book (even that word can cause problems) of this one larger unified book can be looked at to see how it reveals Christ.Thus, while the writer of Samuel may have not have seen the tie between David and Jonathan the ultimate author, God did. (By the way Matt those were some good thoughts on the subject of David and Jonathan) So it is the stepping back that allows us to see more clearly how each passage in some way ties into the central theme of all of God’s word. I hope this makes some sense.To the question at hand I would say is that if you do step back you can find that each passage may have an immediate meaning to the immediate author but ultimately God’s purpose is to reveal His Son and this is what we see when we step far enough back to see the OT in light of the NT and then look more closely at each passage.Of course the danger in this is to simply say each passage is about Jesus and not spend the time to truly see how it is so.

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