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A blues-rock outfit, Tyler Bryan and the Shakedown are from Nashville in Tennessee. The group is made up of Bryant, the frontman, guitarist and lead singer, alongside three others. Caleb Crosby, a man who met Bryant shortly after he relocated from Honey Grove in Texas, is the band's drummer. The two initially started playing as a three-piece, with Calvin Webster on bass, as the Shakedown. When Webster left, Noah Denney was recruited to play bass and to provide backing vocals. In addition, a second guitarist, Graham Whitford, was also recruited. Around this time, the four-piece changed its name from the Shakedown to Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown. Whitford is a notable performer in his own right due to the fact that he is the son of Brad Whitford, a long-term member of Aerosmith.
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown's career milestones
Aged only 15, Bryant's first attempt at a career in professional music came about when he formed the Tyler Bryant Band, which toured around his home state for a time. In 2006, the young performer was awarded the Robert Johnson Gibson New Generation prize for aspiring young guitarists. The following year, Bryant took part in the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago at the request of the legendary British bluesman, Eric Clapton. Building a name for himself, Bryant decided to make a go of it in the home of American music, Nashville, where the Shakedown was put together.
In 2008, Bryant signed a deal with John Huie so that the Creative Artists Agency would act as the band's booking agent. Still a teenager, the guitarist went on to open shows for a number of high profile acts with his backing band. These included the likes of BB King, The Cadillac Three and Jeff Beck. Other artists who wanted the Shakedown to perform support slots for them included Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Styx, and Guns 'n' Roses.
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown released their debut studio album, a work entitled Wild Child, at the end of January in 2013. The album was engineered by Vance Powell, perhaps most associated with his audio work for Seasick Steve and Jack White. Standout tracks from the LP included “Rolling Stone” and “Interview”.
In 2015, following a shift from Carved Records, based in Dallas, to John Varvatos Records and Republic Records, the band put out a new release. This was a six-track EP called The Wayside, recorded at Sputnik Sound in Nashville. A new track, “Loaded Dice and Buried Money” was made available on streaming sites in October of that year.
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