I've been on a bit of soul rock kick lately. Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights continue my love affair of of this sub-genre. From Dallas, Texas, their music is roughed-up, dirty, and just plain rocking. Tyler is heavily influenced by the '60s rock scene, from their musical tastes, right down to their hippie rocker look.
Their debut album Hot Trottin' came out a few years ago and is filled with Southern soul rock. Gypsy Woman is the lead off track and is the best they have to offer. It begins with nothing more than Tyler singing his heart out over a few hand claps with distant telephone line effect. It's a real scorcher of a song and grabs you by the throat with its heavy beats and crunching guitar riffs. Time For Love finds the guys bringing piano to the mix with a slower tempo. This group brings back an organic sound that is almost all gone in today's music scene.
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights- Myspace
*Check out their Myspace for Gypsy Woman, but this gives you an idea.