A Rejuvenated Jonathan Tyler Plays Mercury Lounge on Saturday Night

November 3rd, 2016

Influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes, Jonathan Tyler formed Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights nine years ago in Dallas. The good-times band won over critics and fans alike, but sometimes even when things look like they’re going great from the outside, on the inside everything’s gone to hell. A lawsuit about the name plus fights with Atlantic Records led to alcohol problems: “I was drinking myself into oblivion all the time because I was so frustrated with life in general,” Tyler told Rolling Stone. “And I thought, at a certain point, something’s gotta give. I’m going to end up killing myself, or something really bad will happen.” Fortunately, this was not the case. The singer-songwriter decamped to Los Angeles and began playing shows to pay for studio time. What resulted is last year’s Holy Smokes (stream it below), “a set of songs that, at times can even ring as joyful, touching a whole trajectory of the American musical tradition from Howlin’ Wolf to the Allman Brothers to Pink Floyd,” raved Rolling Stone. “It’s clear that if there’s one person most excited about the revival of Jonathan Tyler, it’s Tyler himself. Holy Smokes is more than just the album title, it’s an exclamation.” See him Saturday night at Mercury Lounge. Philly duo the Dove and the Wolf open the show.