Live Show Review: Jonathan Tyler at Mercy Lounge

Texas-based troubadour Jonathan Tyler performed recently at local venue Mercy Lounge, providing opening support for Ron Pope & The Nighthawks.  Tyler, who has played Mercy Lounge many times, appeared solo this time, equipped with a guitar, a harmonica, and a kick drum (at one point, he introduced the “band” saying, “…and on the kick drum, my right foot!”).

The raspy-voiced sass machine quickly shed his leather jacket and asked for a towel (I’m telling y’all, it was hot in there), and wowed us with his bluesy tunes.  Tyler reminded me of a young Bryan Adams with his song “Honey Pie”, brought Nashville alt-country darling Nikki Lane to the stage to sing their fantastically solid duet, “To Love Is To Fly”, and ended his time with us by playing crowd sing-along favorite, “Gypsy Woman”.  If you missed the fun in the Music City, be sure to catch Tyler on tour with Ron Pope & The Nighthawks when he comes to your hometown.  You won’t be sorry!

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 [These fantastic photographs were taken by the incomparable Ryan Kanaly.  You can see more of his genius on display at www.ryansmallhands.com.]

Jonathan Tyler on tour:

Feb 26 Metro Chicago, IL
Feb 27 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN
Mar 01 Neumos Seattle, WA
Mar 02 Star Theater Portland, OR
Mar 04 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
Mar 05 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA
Mar 06 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Mar 08 Blueburd Theater Denver, CO
Mar 10 ACM Performance Lab Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 11 Granada Theaterw/ Ron Pope Dallas, TX
Mar 12 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Mar 16 Antone’s Austin, TX
Mar 25 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Mar 26 Crest Theatre Sacramento, CA
Mar 28 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Mar 29 Aladdin Theatre Portland, OR
Mar 30 Bing Crosby Theatre Spokane, WA
Mar 31 Peackemaker Music Series Fort Smith, AR
Apr 01 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
May 12 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
May 13 Billy Bob’s Texas Fort Worth, TX
May 14 Luckenbach Dancehall Fredericksburg, TX

 

Susan Hubbard

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