Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown
Thomas Wynn & The Believers
Sat, April 6, 2019
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmTrees
$21.00 - $25.00
This event is all ageshttp://www.treesdallas.com/event/1816128/
rock album, with unexpected sonic twists like punchy horn sections, barrelhouse pianos, Southern gospel organ, atmospheric synthesizer passages, and forays into funk and country.Two special guests bring Family Treefull circle, one being Chris' 5 year-old son singing backup on the brawny swaggering "You Got The Blues," and the other being jam band icon Warren Haynes' vocal and guitar cameo on the delta stomp of "Dancing In The Rain." The band first met Warren 17 years ago when they first came to New York to showcase for their new label. "I remember coming to New York when we first were signed, and hearing Warren's voice behind me the minute my feet hit the street," recalls bassist Jon Lawhon. "Hearing him play on this track all these years later gave me chills."Having Warren guest on the album was a wonderful gesture of "you're in the family now."It was truly a validation of all the miles the band has clocked on tour, and the dues the guys have paid being away from home."It's amazingto me how four good old boys from nowhere Kentucky can still be around 17 years later," singer/guitarist Chris Robertson says. Ben Wells concludes: "I don't remember how life was outside of Black Stone Cherry. The four of us are family.
2013’s ‘Wild Child’ album announced the quartet’s arrival with a bang as they logged time on the road with the likes of Aerosmith, Jeff Beck & ZZ Top, while receiving the endorsement of Guitar World, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Nylon, Interview Magazine and Paste. Taking over TV, they lit up the stage at both Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and AXS Live.Following the release of ‘The Wayside’ EP (2015, produced by Grammy Award winner Vance Powell), the boys crisscrossed the country alongside Billy Gibbons & AC/DC on that celebrated 2016 run. April 2017 found them without a label and only a month out from joining Guns N’ Roses on a European tour..."We had just decided to self-produce a record completely on our own,” says Tyler. “I'll never forget driving home that morning and getting a call from our manager saying, ‘You wanna go back toEurope with Guns N Roses?’ That was a great kick-start to the first day of tracking."So they hunkered down and set about writing & recording their second full-length album, with John Fields (Soul Asylum, Paul Westerberg) coming on board to handle the mix. Blending a sense of history with a youthful, energetic heartbeat, this anticipated outing features a host of brand new tracks, some of which have become staples of the live set. It also stands as the start of a relationship with the newly-launched Snakefarm label.Housed within the global infrastructure of Spinefarm Records (a UMG label), the Snakefarm brand will provide a targeted home for international artists, both established and new, from the increasingly buoyant roots rock world –music based on authenticity and emotion, under-pinned by core values and beliefs.In this respect, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown –who can lay claim to a fast-growing international presence, with major UK festivals such as Download, Ramblin’ Man and British Summer Time already under their belt, alongside headline shows plus guest appearances with Nashville neighbors The Cadillac Three –are a flagship representation; what’s more, in ‘Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown’ they’ve delivered a genuine genre-defying labour of love, a varied and infectious statement shot through with passion, pride and a welcome dash of glamour.“This is the definitive Shakedown record as of now, and that’s why we decided it should be self-titled,” explains a fired-up Tyler. “It’s the definitive Shakedown record due to the fact there were no other cooks in the kitchen. We put so much energy into writing and recording each song. It’s not just a guitar album; it’s asongalbum, and I’m proud to hang my hat on this one.”The first single / video, ‘Heartland’, introduces Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown with a one-two punch of gritty guitars and soulful vocals before slipping into a hypnotic bridge punctuated by airy clean guitars. Tyler sings,“There’s a slow beat in the heartland, going down in the quicksand, stack ’em up and watch the cards fall, if it happens to one, then it happens to all”.
“It's no secret that there's crazy stuff going on all over the world right now. There's madness all around and people are constantly picking sides. Every night when the Shakedown takes the stage, I'm amazed that music brings people together. Nobody is thinking about what side they're on when they’re singing at the top of their lungs next to a complete stranger. I thought maybe through music I could remind myself and our TBSD family that when one person falls, the rest of us do, too. I wanna get together with a bunch of folks and sing that sentiment because it's one I strongly believe in."Elsewhere, ‘Backfire’ struts along on a stomping drum groove driven by thick distortion with lyrics“about pulling the short end of the straw and feeling vengeful”.Then there’s ‘Aftershock’. Hinging on hummable riffing, the track simmers at a steady swamp crawl before the Sabbathian refrain.“That’s a tune about feeling the effects of a situation long after it's come and gone."As Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown spend 2017 lighting up stages with the likes of Guns N’ Roses (again), The Who & Alice Cooper –as well as making their first appearance at Rock In Rio –this new album sees them fully realize their vision with a sound that resounds above the bleachers, plus a collective desire to keep the entertainment flag fully unfurled...“I want people to put this on and literally escape,”Tyler leaves off. “I hope they feel free. That’s what rock ‘n’ roll makes me feel. You don’t have to think about your bills or any of the other things that have the power to bring you down when you’ve got your fist up in the air, your eyes closed and you’re lost inthe music. Angus Young told me,‘You’ve got to make the audience think you’re taking them on a journey, and they’ll go with you. Ifyoubelieve it, they will too’. I believe it with this record.”
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