Showing posts with label Jonathan Tyler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jonathan Tyler. Show all posts

Aug 9, 2016

Win Our Big Music Stash!


Over the past few years, particularly the last 2, we've built up quite a stash of CDs and other merchandise sent to us by bands and singers. I need to clear some of this stuff out, so I'm giving away a big ol' stash box.

So how can you win it? Just be funny. Since memes are the quickest way to get a joke across, that's one possibility. Make a meme and send it to us; easy as that. *United States only*

You can email it to farcethemusic@gmail.com 

or you can DM it to me on Twitter @Farcethemusic (let us know if we need to follow you) 

or you can message it on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/farcethemusic

We'll also accept Top 10 Lists, parody lyrics, parody songs, funny Photoshop edits, song reviews (funny or serious), and literally anything else you want to write or create, even just a funny tweet if you make sure I see it, that's related to music (particularly country and Americana). Please don't post anything directly on our Facebook page or Tweet it publicly. We'd rather the material stay private until (and if) we post it on FTM.

There's no limit on entries. The best wins, so quality is certainly more welcome than quantity,  but I don't care how many things you send. Be the funniest, the most insightful, the most clever, the best review writer… whatever. Anything you send may be posted on Farce the Music.

I (Trailer) and another member of the staff or two will judge entries. Winner gets the whole box of stuff (detailed below). There may be other prizes awarded as well, if we get a lot of good stuff. Contest starts now. Send your entry by midnight, Friday, August 26th. Now get to work!

Special thanks to these bands and artists for last-minute help filling up the box!


Here's the Prize Stash:

Unopened CDs
Jonathan Tyler - Holy Smokes
Bart Crow - Dandelion
Wrinkle Neck Mules - I Never Thought it Would Go This Far
Taylor Alexander - Real Good at Saying Goodbye
The Britt Lloyd Band - Unlabeled
The Britt Lloyd Band - The Ink
Dub Miller - The Midnight Ambassador
Dub Miller - Lost/Live
Cyrus James - Dreamers of the Day
Cyrus James - Molly and the Devil
Grady Spencer and The Work - The Line Between
Mayeux and Broussard - High Times & Good Rhymes

Lightly used CDs (ripped once and returned to package)
Will Hoge -Small Town Dreams
Wade Bowen - s/t
Chris Roberts - The Way West
The Excavators - s/t
The Mastersons - Good Luck Charm
Hailey Cole - Illusions
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen - Hold My Beer, Vol. 1
The Surreal McCoys - The Howl and the Growl
Hailey Whitters - Black Sheep
Texas Renegade - Surviving the Flood

2 Wrinkle Neck Mules t-shirts (Different designs: 1 large, 1 xl)

Koozies
Angaleena Presley
Grady Spencer & the Work
The Damn Quails
Charlie Worsham

Mayeux & Broussard Sticker
Wrinkle Meck Mules Sticker

Mar 1, 2016

Exclusive Video Premiere: Jonathan Tyler - "Hey Mama, My Time Ain't Long"

Here's the exclusive premiere of Jonathan Tyler's new video for "Hey Mama, My Time Ain't Long" (co-written by Ray Wylie Hubbard). It's from his Farce the Music top ten 2015 album, Holy Smokes. The video is by Lindsay Roche, shot in Tyler's loft. Enjoy!

Road Dispatch: Jonathan Tyler at the Variety Playhouse

Road Dispatch: Jonathan Tyler at the Variety Playhouse
By Kevin Broughton

On a Thursday night in Atlanta’s Little Five Points, Jonathan Tyler is in an expansive mood. In a couple hours, he’ll open for the amazing Ron Pope and The Nighthawks, then join them for a couple months’ worth of shows on this leg of their nationwide tour.  

Tyler’s 2015 release, Holy Smokes, opened to wide critical acclaim and was a springboard to several lengthy tours for him and his stellar backing band, as they opened at various times for the Drive By Truckers, Warren Haynes, and Ray Wiley Hubbard. On this night, though, it’s just Tyler and his guitar. And the aforementioned Mr. Pope? He hails from suburban Marietta, and this 18-and-up show – at the iconic Variety Playhouse -- will be packed with local partisans hailing the hometown hero. No pressure at all.

Over boiled peanuts and Bud heavies and a mostly off-the-record discussion,* Tyler holds forth on the challenges of gigs like this one. “I like playing solo shows because they put me on the spot,” he says.  “It's sink or swim.  There's no drumbeat or bass line to hide behind.  So if the lyrics and the melody don't hold water you're sinking and everybody in the room knows it.”

In his case, it’s no overstatement. Tyler’s band is a stand-alone entity in its own right, Rise and Shine. Their tight arrangements on Holy Smokes were damn near perfect, and he’ll produce their forthcoming album; their absence isn’t an oh-by-the-way thing. Pressure?

“There are times I get nervous enough to drink a liter of whiskey but that's mainly when I'm overthinking things,” says Tyler.  “I think I'm finally getting to the point that I've accepted myself and don't really care if I bomb cause I know I'm gonna wake up tomorrow and get another shot.”

Fittingly, at this point Pope strolls into the watering hole, where a table of about a dozen family and well-wishers greet the local hero. Tyler glances at the scene, then at a visitor. “I guess it’ll be a big crowd, huh?” he says with a grin. 

He’s right. Pope is as big a draw as you’d expect in his hometown. Bigger than James McMurtry last spring. And probably as big as Steve Earle and the Del McCoury band, circa 1998. Tyler walks out with his black Gibson acoustic, greets the packed house somewhat meekly, and launches into a 10-song set almost exclusively from his new album. 

And something’s immediately noticeable about this crowd: he has them. It’s a respectful audience, the kind you see regularly in Austin and wish you had in your town. What’s remarkable is they’re all here to see the headliners; and they don’t make a peep. No grumbling between songs, or agitating for the lead act. They’re listening, and roaring their approval after every song. 

Three songs in, Tyler trades the Gibson for a ’73 Telecaster and busts out “River Bottom,” “Honey Pie” and “The Devil’s Basement,” and everyone in the venue is paying rapt attention. 

On seeing Tyler with his band, you notice how comparable the live sound is to the album; Holy Smokes wasn’t just slick production. At a solo gig – the first one he’s done in about a year – what’s immediately obvious is that the lyrics, melody and vocals do indeed “hold up,” even at an acoustic setting in big venue. He has this crowd in his hand.

This Pope-crazed audience is both appreciative and understanding of Tyler, bearing with him between songs as he grabs the wrong harp, or is momentarily perplexed by a mislaid capo. “I’m actually looking for my capo,” he says, concealing some stress. “But I’ll be okay…” Mercifully, the missing implement is at his feet, and he won’t be forced to play “To Live is to Fly,” not only without duet partner Nikki Lane, but also in a much lower key. 

Picking over the last of the boiled peanuts before show time, Tyler mentioned those moments that make it worthwhile. “When everything connects it feels like I'm channeling God and I ride that wave till they kick me off stage.”

As he wound up his set with electrified versions of “Late Night Special” and “Gypsy Woman,” Tyler may not have channeled The Almighty, but he certainly rode a helluva wave. It portends well for the rest of the tour, and validates Pope’s choice for an opening act: a seasoned pro who shines in any setting.   
 

* Topics may or may not have included: making music with Nikki Lane; United States fiscal policy; whether bro country has its roots in shitty 80s hair music; and the perils of telling Donald Trump jokes to a New York audience. (The biggest peril is cricket noises.)

Dec 29, 2015

FTM's Top 20 Songs of 2015

20. Jonathan Tyler (with Nikki Lane) - To Love is to Fly

19. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats - S.O.B.

18. Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta

17. Jamie Lin Wilson - Seven Year Drought

16. Allison Moorer - If I Were Stronger

15. John Moreland - White Flag

14. Darrell Scott - Thanksgiving 1985

13. Benton Leachman - Lonely

12. Ray Wylie Hubbard - Stone Blind Horses

11. Anderson East - What a Woman Wants to Hear

10. Chris Stapleton - Fire Away

9. Father John Misty - The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.

8. Ashley Monroe - Bombshell

7. Whitey Morgan - Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue

6. Wrinkle Neck Mules - Beehive

5. Hailey Whitters - Low All Afternoon

4. Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen - El Dorado

3. The Honeycutters - Me Oh My

2. Baroness - Chlorine & Wine


1. Turnpike Troubadours - The Bird Hunters

Aug 7, 2015

A Seasoned Jonathan Tyler Scores Big With Holy Smokes

Jonathan Tyler in a recent pic from his Instagram
By Kevin Broughton 

“We were playing a show in New Braunfels, at Gruene Hall.”

It’s a Friday afternoon, and Jonathan Tyler, 30, is explaining how he came to co-write a song with the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard, in casual, oh-by-the-way fashion.

“He initiated it.”

Happens all the time. Songwriting institutions like Hubbard regularly reach out to collaborate with young bucks less than half their age...

Make no mistake, it’s a big deal to Tyler. It just doesn’t come out that
way. A music career’s worth of highs and lows crammed into five years have given him a level of perspective that’s rare -- if not unheard of -- in an artist his age.

Atlantic records signed him and his band (formerly The Northern Lights) in 2010, and the ensuing album, Pardon Me, enjoyed modest commercial success. Enough, sadly, to raise the antennae of the Nashville suits. As Tyler toured (alongside acts like the Black Crowes, ZZ Top, JJ Grey and Kid Rock) to build an audience, he was writing prolifically and sending demos to the label three or four at a time. Then, Nashville did what Nashville does.

“Politically, I guess, there was a lot of pressure when Atlantic got involved,” Tyler says. Even after the success of Pardon Me, “there still wasn’t a record that really showed who I am. I didn’t want the edges sawed off my songs.” The inevitable separation followed, and five years removed from signing with a major label, Thirty Tigers releases Holy Smokes today.

Tyler produced it himself – with engineering help from Matt Pence, formally of Centromatic – and his break from The Man appears to be a clean one. “Hallelujah [I’ve been Saved]” opens the album and plants the flag of artistic freedom and integrity on a record filled with spiritual themes.

“Like a lot of people from the South, I grew up in the church,” says the Centerpoint, Alabama native. “My grandmother played organ in a Pentecostal congregation. Music is spiritual to me because I feel connected to a higher power when I play, or even listen to certain things.”

There are several impressive aspects to the album, not least of which is the overall production value, all the more impressive since Tyler did it himself. (He self-produced his independent debut, Hot Trottin’, in 2007; “I had no idea what I was doing.”) The arrangements are tight and versatile.

But Tyler’s vocal versatility stands out the most. He wails like Chris Robinson on the opening cut. “Disappear” is reminiscent of Faces-era Rod Stewart. He can be melodic like Gram Parsons or Ryan Adams on one song, or as rough-edged as Ryan Bingham or Ben Nichols on the next.

“Think about the Stones’ Let it Bleed,” Tyler says. “They open with ‘Gimme Shelter’ then slide into ‘Love in Vain.’ Then ‘Country Honk.’ You’ve got all kinds of different songs in one album.” His wide-ranging vocal arrangements were deliberate – on a purposeful album.

“Making this record was really organic,” he says. “As a band, we figured out what we liked. The next time, whoever produces us will have a real baseline to work from.” As Tyler and his band mates gear up for a regional tour (Texas and the South, to start out), he’s eager to see the response from the loyal base of fans he’s cultivated, but also encouraged by industry current events.

The conversation takes place the very week Jason Isbell defies gravity and scores the #1 Billboard Country album. “Oh, yeah,” Tyler says, “I know all about it, I promise. I tried to tell the folks at Atlantic, ‘Times are changing. In the next few years, the good stuff is gonna be really good.’” Oddly enough, his advice fell on deaf ears at Atlantic …you know, the guys who wanted him to go see Jason Aldean’s producer.

Buoyed as he is by the success of a kindred spirit like Isbell, Tyler tries to temper expectations. His even-keeled demeanor is all the more impressive when you tick off some things he accomplished before turning 30. Played on Jimmy Kimmel Live? Check. Have a song featured on NBC’s Friday Night Lights? Been there, done that. What about HBO?

Yes, a Jonathan Tyler song found its way into an episode of Boardwalk Empire. Here, the artist briefly allows some self-indulgence – in his own laconic way. “It did feel good having Martin Scorsese pick it up. I like that guy.” Ho-hum.

Which brings us back to that run-of-the-mill encounter with Ray Wylie FREAKING Hubbard in New Braunfels. “So,” Tyler says, “I went over to his house after a show. I had a riff I’d been working on, and we kinda worked out the first verse.”

Only when Hubbard followed up did things start to sink in with the prodigy. “About a week later, he sent me four more verses,” he says. “I said, ‘Fuck, I can’t change these!’” The finished product is “My Time Ain’t Long,” a psychedelic/gospel number that’s one of two true gems on an album without a mediocre cut.

Lane with Tyler
The other, coincidentally, is also a collaboration. “To Love is To Fly,” a duet with Nikki Lane, is a delicious, dangerous ode to toxic love and dysfunctional relationships. “I had these ideas and some lyrics, and I was thinking, ‘who could sing this?’ Nikki is friends with my bassist’s wife, so we reached out,” he says. “She has the perfect personality for it.” Indeed, who but the “Queen of Outlaw Country” could harmonize, “I’ll wreck your car, throw your keys in the river. I’ll break your heart, but I’ll love you forever?” It burns, like Tyler’s understated passion for what he does.

“I’m a huge music fan. It needs to mean something. I want it to mean something,” he says. “And even with all our success, the band is still working day jobs. It costs a lot to do this, but we’re gonna do it. We hope we can build an audience in the process.”




Touring will be different without a big label behind him, to be sure. “I’m not worried,” he says. “My mind may tell me to worry, but I’ve learned to ignore it.”

Sound self-analysis, from a thoughtful, serious, passionate young man who just made one of the best albums of the year.

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Holy Smokes is available on Tyler's website, iTunes, Amazon, and all other usual venues, including Spotify.

Aug 6, 2015

Jonathan Tyler Performs "Disappear"

From his new album Holy Smokes (out this Friday!), here's Jonathan Tyler performing "Disappear" for Texas Music Scene last year.


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