Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

If you only take away one thing from reading my blog, I hope it is this: always see the opening band. I also want you to find joy in blindly buying albums, but I think that getting to concerts early enough to see the opener is more important. Well, just as important.

If you only take two things from reading my blog, I hope those two things are this: always see the opening band and experience the joy of blindly buying albums.

I had never heard of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown until I saw them open for Black Stone Cherry; they were absolutely fantastic.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown is a very straightforward rock album. It is fun guitar driven rock n roll with an overwhelming 80s hair metal-ness. The vocals and the attitude remind me very much of Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, and Poison. The glam influence is definitely on this record, but with a more modern edge to the sound. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown has less of the 80s popness that was so prevalent in hair metal and instead fills that space with a touch of the blues.

One place where the hair metal roots stand out is in the power ballads on this record. It really slows down at times without feeling like those songs are out of place.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown does have one piece that sticks out like a sore thumb. This record has one song that is very much Delta blues with simple country infused vocals, a funky slide on a resonator guitar, and a slow driving beat. It feels dark and swampy and happens to be the best song on the album.

My favorite track: Ramblin’ Bones

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