By Dave Resto
Nashville rockers, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown will release their second full-length studio album, the self-titled Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown (Snakefarm/Spinefarm Records) on November 3, 2017. Featuring eleven new songs, written by the band and produced by John Fields (Soul Asylum, Paul Westerberg), this is another significant step forward in the evolution of this notable roots-rock band.
Steeped in the blues and tempered in rock, guitarist and vocalist Tyler Bryant is an impressive and formidable talent, as both musician and wordsmith. In fact, he’s absolutely brimming with catchy riffs and engaging, poetic lyrics. His bandmates: guitarist Graham Whitford; bassist and backing vocalist Noah Denney; and drummer Caleb Crosby collaborate to artfully interpret every nuance of Bryant’s song writing on Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.
“Heartland” is both the opening track and the first single. An over-driven guitar lick invites the drums to mimic the rhythm in heavy fashion as Bryant sings, “All hail to the rich man; leaving bread crumbs to cold hands; going down in the quicksand. Stack ‘em up and watch the cards fall; if it happens to one, then it happens to all.” Conversely, Bryant croons, “When will we turn around? And step off this shaky ground?” on the choruses, as the music gently washes away the grit of the harder verse sections. It’s a lead-off home run in the first inning.