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In the anals of blues rock history there have been many bands that have spurred the frenzy of audiences, and have become legendary. From the early days of Cream, Johnny Winter, and Ten Years After to the new blues revolution that has been spurred by the likes of The White Stripes and The Black Keys. But there is one band that has taking the spirit of those legendary bands, possessed seemingly by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones but creating a sound that is undeniably recognizable as their own. This band is Jonathan Tyler and the Norhter Lights. A rollicking, frenetic, and soaring sound that both lifts the spirit and energizes the soul. Creating songs that are timeless in their theme and impeccable in their artistry JTNL has grabbed the blues rock torch and has set out to burn down the country!
sorry about that guys, I got the second and third part backwards, so if you read this from the initial post, then the third comment, then the second, you will get the proper flow.
Not to be one to sit on their laurels the men, and one very fine lady, from JTNL set off again to Oklahoma. Making a stop in Tulsa at Cain's Ballroom that I unfortunately failed to make, and another again at Grady's 66. They brought along some friends this time. A group of guys that go by the name Tyler and the Tribe. Laying down some red dirt inspired rock and roll, The Tribe definitely had the crowd at 66's rock and roll juices flowing. Starting off with "Bright Energy" the crowd's anticipation for another shake you to the ground performance was quickly releived. The man we call JT led his posse on to almost literally tear down the Pub!! Another blistering performance with what I will forever belive was the abosulte best cover version of "Bring it on Home" by any artist other than Zep themselves.
I will definitely be stalking these cats for the forseeable future. Some might think the term stalking is a little cryptic, but quite honestly I blame JTNL for being so damn good that the obsession with their music has grown to full blown addiction!!
They ended their set with "Young & Free" their rollicking,soaring, anthem to youth and independence!!
The next time I caught this completely bad ass, rock you to the core, ride hard and put away wet outfit was at a little venue named The Conservatory in Oklahoma City. An extremely intimate setting as only about 120-150 can litterally pack into the place. I was fortunate enought to slide up to the stage just before the set started, and with a full accompanyment that included keys from one of their Oklahomma collaborators JTNL set off on another rock and roll adventure that left my ears ringing and my heart soaring.
The guys made it out to Yukonn a little while later to a cool venue owned and operated by former Cross Canadian Ragweed founding member Grady Cross. Grady's 66 Pub is another intimate setting to see such a powerful band as JTNL. With no opening band the guys offered four hours of music which literally covered their entire repertoir and included their oft covered arranements of "Crosstown Traffic", "Honkey Tonk Woman", and "Bring it on Home". Needless to say, another group of rock and roll fans were witness to quite possibly the most energentic, hard rocking, bare your soul performance.
Great question, and I'll just start of by saying you guys are on the right track in terms of having a great group of musicians and a recognizable style and sound.
What makes a band stand out is their ability to create music, regardless of genre, that has a great melody, beat and hook. You can get more complicated if you want adding layered harmonies and interesting chord progressions and what not, but keeping it simple and straight forward with an eye on a good hook will get a fans attention evey time.
Other than that, just be patient and keep your eye out for that opportunity to make the break. It's not easy in your businenes, but don't ever give up on it. As young as you are you have the time and energy to make it, and I know you will!