Hard-rocking songwriter Jonathan Tyler grew up in Alabama, digging into classic British blues, Southern rock, and heavy metal. After relocating to Dallas in 2007, he banged around in a few garage bands before exploring his songwriting talent, stepping out as an acoustic solo act, and, eventually, forming a serious rock band, the Northern Lights. They recently signed to F-Stop/Atlantic Records and released a blues-based romp titled Pardon Me. They’ve since shared stages with such acts as AC/DC, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. “Music can bring out a lot of your soul,” says Tyler. “It can bring out deep parts of you, but I can’t write songs or sing songs or do any of it if any part of it feels contrived. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but we’re happy with what’s happening now, being able to live the way we are. I can only hope our music moves people as deeply as it moved us in making it.” Tyler and his band hit the stage shortly after the final plaques are handed out at the City Paper Music Awards (CPMAs attendees can stay for a $7 ticket.). The Happen-Ins perform a late-night closing set.
T. Ballard Lesemann
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