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“Pardon Me” by Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights

“Choctaw Bingo” by Ray Wylie Hubbard

STAFF REPORT

Promoted as a melding of the old and new, Texas country elder statesman Ray Wylie Hubbard will share the stage with rock band Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights this weekend at Texas Music Theater.

The show is Saturday, July 28 at the theater, 120 E. San Antonio St.

Borne of Dallas’ Deep Ellum scene, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights has been dappling with national fame since 2008 with its mix of blues and hard rock. The band has toured with ZZ Top, performed on Jimmy Kimmel and provided mood music for TV shows on HBO, NBC and Fox.

The band’s promotional material describes its sound as “a joyous reunion of rock with its oft-forgotten prodigal twin, the roll — with papa blues and mama soul along for the ride.” JTNL released its album “Pardon Me” on an imprint of Atlantic Records in 2010. One of the album’s singles, “Gypsy Woman,” cracked the top 30 on the domestic singles chart.

Hubbard, meanwhile, cut his 16th album earlier this year. “The Grifter’s Hymnal” (Bordello) is described by one critic as “a beautifully realized and appropriately ragged work that combines his bluesy country rocking and gritty vocals with a “strip bar dirty” sound that can only be made by someone who has played dives and juke joints for over 40 years.”

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m. John David Kent performs at 9 p.m. followed by Ray Wylie Hubbard at 10 p.m. Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights performs at 11:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance.


COVER: Jonathan Tyler in a publicity photo.

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