By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
A double shot of Texas rock ’n’ roll is coming to Tupelo.
Texas rock kings ZZ Top will perform at the BancorpSouth Arena, and the band is bringing another Texas-based band, Dallas’ Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, out on the road.
ZZ Top is in Tyler’s blood, and he said he and his crew were thrilled to be asked to open the shows.
“We’re just really anxious, because we’re fans of ZZ Top, and coming from Texas, we grew up around them,” he said in a phone interview. “We’re just really enjoying it as much as we can. We’re watching the shows and playing as best we can, having fun.”
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights’ debut record, “Pardon Me,” was released Tuesday.
The rock album flaunts a Southern, bluesy sound, one that would make ZZ Top proud.
“Maybe it’s been too long since rock ’n’ roll turned you on/So pardon me, just let it set you free,” Tyler sings on “Pardon Me.”
“It’s really cool,” Tyler said. “I went to Best Buy today and bought my own record. It’s pretty awesome, because we’ve worked pretty hard to get here. It’s pretty rewarding.”
The band recorded the album live to capture its raw live sound.
“We’re more of a live act,” Tyler said. “We put a lot of energy into it, we put a lot of passion into it and we love what we do, so it’s fun. We love playing our music and it’s really when the crowd is enjoying it that makes the show even better. What can I say? It’s really cool.”
Tyler said his band is following in the footsteps of bands like ZZ Top, bands that perform real music. Anyone looking for authentic Texas rock ’n’ roll should look no further, he said.
“If you want to hear real music, we invite you out,” he said. “We’re writing real music, writing real songs. I think the people are looking for that, and it’s hard to find nowadays, but we’re doing it.”