Nashville, TN --- April 30, 2015 --- Critically acclaimed rock artist Jonathan Tyler is scheduled to release his highly anticipated sophomore album on August 7. HOLY SMOKES is a rockin’, groove laden follow up to the rock opus PARDON ME, which put Tyler and his band The Northern Lights on the map when released in 2010.
The new album reveals a more pensive and sophisticated Tyler who’s learned his lessons while navigating the rollercoaster of life on the road, major festivals, major labels, drugs, booze, great love, great loss and the heartbreak of mistakes you can’t change and time lost that you can’t take back.
The album was co-produced by Tyler and Thom Monahan (Chris Robinson, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) in both Tyler’s native Dallas, Texas and his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, California. The album features contributions from pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson (Phosphorescent), drummer Matt Pence (Justin Townes Earle, Centro-matic) and a rotating cast of backing players that includes members of JT’s longtime band The Northern Lights and the Dallas based Texas Gentlemen collective.
HOLY SMOKES delivers a solid dose of the sexy swagger, blistering rock guitars and rebellion that fans have come to expect from Tyler and his band. Also present is an older and wiser Tyler who tips his hat to the Gram Parsons style of country that set the Hollywood Rock scene ablaze in the late 60’s. Tyler wrote or co-wrote the bulk of the tracks on the album including the infectious groove of “Honey Pie,” the gorgeous duet “To Love Is To Fly,” featuring Nashville’s up and coming Nikki Lane, and “Hallelujah,” in which Tyler sings his praise for rock-n-roll, how it changed and ultimately saved him. Added in for good measure is a co-write with renowned Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard “My Time Ain't Long” and the destined for AAA and Alt-rock airplay “River Bottom,” penned by Tyler’s long time guitar player Brandon Pinckard (formerly of The Northern Lights).
The albums closing track, “Everything Was Cool in 2002” was released for fans only on Friday, giving them a glimpse of what’s to come. Tyler headlined Bay Jam in Islamorada in the Florida Keys last week before heading out on tour with Butch Walker. JT will open for Walker for the remainder of his tour crisscrossing the national in April, May and June.
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