Denison will welcome another act with Texas roots at the next Levitt Amp Music on Main summer concert. Jonathan Tyler of Dallas will be performing on the at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Heritage Park Stage.
Tyler has released three albums since 2007, “Hot Trottin’,” “Pardon Me,” and “Holy Smokes.” Tyler’s music has appeared in television shows, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “The Good Guys.” Tyler performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2010.
Tyler answered questions about his upcoming performance.
Q: What kind of show can fans expect at the concert in Denison?
A: People can expect to hear a rock ‘n’ roll concert with a lot of blues and country. We also are southern rock. It is going to be a high-energy show.
Q: Do you have a favorite song to sing?
A: They are really all my favorites. Everyone knows “Gypsy Women” and everyone gets kind of crazy when I perform it. So that is a really big one. But, all of my songs are important to me because they are my songs. I have a connection with each of them.
Q: What award have you received that meant the most to you?
A: I was really surprised to win the best group award at the 2009 Dallas Observer Music Awards. I work really hard and it is nice to be recognized. Also, it was nice to get the best male vocalist award at the 2010 Dallas Observer Music Awards. But, I try not to focus on the awards too much. I like to focus on the music.
Q: Music on Main is a free concert series hosted by Downtown Denison. What do you like about performing concerts in small venues and at big music festivals?
A: The difference between smaller concerts and big music festivals is that at the big festivals, I get to meet a lot of new people and really introduce people to my music. The smaller crowds at smaller concerts are more intimate and I can be more intimate with them. You get to have your own party with them. I really enjoy playing both types of concerts.
Q: If you could go on tour with any act, who would it be?
A: I am a big fan of classic rock so I would love to go on the road with The Rolling Stones. They do a lot of country music as well as rock. I also would have liked to go on the road with The Almond Brothers before they passed away. I grew up in the South, so they were a big influence on me. I also like the White Stripes.
Q: What would you like the legacy of Jonathan Tyler to be?
A: I would like to be known for carrying the torch for gospel, blues and old school music. I want to carry the torch for modern old school music to people of future generations.
Q: When people leave the concert, what would you like the people to be saying about Jonathan Tyler?
A: People will leave having heard some really good music. I want them to have fun. I want them to leave saying, “Man, I had a good time watching him for an hour and a half.” I really want people to just have fun hanging out with family and friends at my concert.