Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights

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Jonathan Tyler
The band in June 2009
Background information
Origin Dallas, Texas, United States
Genres Hard rock, blues rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels F-Stop Music, Atlantic
Members Jonathan Tyler
Brandon Pinckard
Jordan Cain
Emotion Brown
Chase McGillis
Past members Nick Jay

Jonathan Tyler is an American rock band from Dallas, Texas.[1]


The band was formed in January 2007 in Dallas, Texas by Jonathan Tyler, Brandon Pinckard, along with Oklahoma natives Nick Jay, and Jordan Cain.[2] The band immediately went into the studio with local producer Chris Bell to record their first independent record Hot Trottin'. After playing nearly every venue in Deep Ellum the band began to venture outside of Dallas into Austin, Houston, and other surrounding cities. Emotion Brown joined the band in May 2007.

By 2008, the band began garnering regional and national attention by supporting major national acts including Erykah Badu, Leon Russell, Deep Purple, The Black Crowes, Kool & the Gang, Chicago, Heart, Cross Canadian Ragweed, among others. The band was discovered at SXSW 2008 by an A&R representative from Atlantic Records, and was soon signed to F-Stop Music/Atlantic Records. The band was awarded "Best Blues Act" by the 2008 Dallas Observer Music Awards.[3]

In 2009, JTNL continued touring extensively across the United States, most notably alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock,[4] O.A.R., & AC/DC.[5] The band also played the Austin City Limits Music Festival,[6] Forecastle Festival, Summerfest, Wakarusa, and SXSW. In August, JTNL recorded their first album Pardon Me for F-Stop Music/Atlantic Records. Jay Joyce was selected by the band to produce the record from his Nashville studio. The band was awarded "Best Group", "Best Male Vocalist", and "Best Blues Act" by the 2009 Dallas Observer Music Awards.[7] Rave reviews from outlets across the country began pouring in for the band and their live show, including praise from critics in USA Today, American Songwriter, Chicago Sun Times, Orlando Weekly, Austin American Statesman, Arizona Daily Star, Urban Tulsa Weekly, and Nuvo Weekly (Indianapolis) among numerous others.

On April 27, 2010, Pardon Me was released nationwide. It was awarded "Reader's Pick Best Local CD Release" in the Dallas Observer,[8] the "fourth best release of 2010" by the Dallas Morning News,[8] and received favorable reviews nationwide.

In 2010, JTNL most notably toured alongside ZZ Top,[9] JJ Grey & MOFRO, American Bang, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and others. They played Bonnaroo Music Festival, Voodoo Fest, Summerfest, BamaJam, and SXSW.

Blender Magazine exclusively debuted the video for "Gypsy Woman" November 15, 2010 on[10]

The band was named "Top Artist of 2010" by Pegasus News.[11]

Jonathan Tyler was named "Best Male Vocalist" by the 2010 Dallas Observer Music Awards.[12]

JTNL was named "Pick of the Week" in USA Today on May 5, 2010.[13]

Television and film appearances[edit]


Studio albums[edit]


Year Single Peak positions Album
2010 "Pardon Me" Pardon Me
"Gypsy Woman" 27 49


  1. ^ Mueller, Chelsea (December 27, 2007). "We're So Ready for Blues with Jonathan Tyler – Dallas Music – DC9 At Night". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Tyler Music | Biography | Info & Bio". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Robert Wilonsky (July 24, 2008). "Our 20th Music Awards – Page 3 – News – Dallas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Pete Freedman (June 26, 2009). "Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights – Page 1 – Music – Dallas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner. March 1, 2010. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Lynne Margolis (January 1, 2010). "Spotlight: Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights | Texas Music Magazine". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Freedman, Pete (July 22, 2009). "DOMAXXI: The Winners! Announced! – Dallas Music – DC9 At Night". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Dallas READERS' PICK BEST LOCAL CD RELEASE – Pardon Me, Jonathan Tyler And the Northern Lights – Best Of Dallas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Show Time:8:00 pm. "ZZ Top and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights on 5/8/2010 at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA on JamBase". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ [1] Archived December 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Harp, Jessica (December 23, 2010). "North Texas' top five artists of 2010 | | Dallas/Fort Worth". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ Freedman, Pete (July 21, 2010). "DOMAXXII: Announcing Your 2010 Dallas Observer Music Awards Winners! – Dallas Music – DC9 At Night". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ Mansfield, Brian (May 3, 2010). "The playlist: Jonathan Tyler, Dierks Bentley, Dolly Parton". USA Today. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ Freedman, Pete (August 4, 2010). "HBO's Boardwalk Empire Gets A Lift From Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights' "Devil's Basement." Also? MTV Still Likes The O's. – Dallas Music – DC9 At Night". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ Freedman, Pete (December 27, 2010). "The Best Songs in Dallas Music, 2010: Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights Explore The Dark Circles of Hell at No. 5 – Dallas Music – DC9 At Night". Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ [2] Archived October 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Jonathan Tyler And The Northern Lights on the WGN-TV Midday News – WGN". October 19, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 

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