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Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown Rock The Floridian Social Club

St. Petersburg Fl. (November 3rd, 2022)

It’s halfway through the set and Tyler Bryant lead singer of Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown takes a second to talk to the audience. He asked the concertgoers if anyone was here when he was opening for Myles Kennedy on his solo tour as they were the support act. Telling everyone that when he played, it was an acoustic show. He continued on saying he really loved the venue and hoped one day to return and play a full electric show. Well, tonight Tyler Bryant and Shakedown are back in town at the Floridian Social Club for a full on electric blues/rock show.

Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown is a four piece band with of course guitarist and singer Tyler Byant out front. Alongside him is guitarist Graham Whitford, drummer Caleb Crosby, and bassist Ryan Fitzgerald. If the last names Graham Whitford and Caleb Crosby sound familiar, yes they do indeed continue the musical legacy of their parents. But make no mistake they are not riding on anyone’s coattails. They are forging their own path. When Bryant first arrived in Nashville from Paris Texas, quite literally the first person he met was Crosby and they formed an instant musical bond. As Bryant has said, he had heard that Whitford would put him out of a job so as a good businessman, he decided to bring him into the fold. Since then the band has done stints opening for the likes of AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses. Now with their latest album Shake The Roots out, it was time for the band to hit the road and back to St. Petersburg Florida.

The band hit the stage and dove right into “Off The Rails” from their latest album Shake The Roots. What a perfect song to kick the night off. This song gives you the full Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown experience. It’s a full on blues rock high energy experience powered by fiery guitar work ala Bryant and Whitford. Without giving a break they followed it up with the “On To The Next” a straight ahead driving rock song. Now it was time to slow things down a bit. With the blues being a massive influence it was time to show his take on it with “Ride”. The song has that typical blues shuffle vibe, but as with any great blues based song, the guitar work is key. Bryant shows that he has this in spades playing one impressive lick after another. For the true blues aficionado’s in the audience, he uncorked a gem with the lone cover song of the night “Got My Mojo Workin’” by Muddy Waters. Whitford’s muscular guitar work and the hard rock tone he pulled out of his Les Paul gave the song such a unique and cool attitude that really made the song their own.

Halfway through the show and Tyler is talking to everyone about their previous time at the venue, he let everyone know why their show was an acoustic one. Drummer Caleb Crosby was home as his son was just brought into the world. Because of what his father does, the band wrote a song for him. The band then launched into “Born Rockin’”. But that wouldn’t be the only time that some of the spotlight would be on Crosby. During their performance of “Lipstick Wonder Woman” he would grab one of the drums off of his kit and head straight to the front of the stage to play it quite literally in the audience’s face. They closed out the night in much the same way they started it off, with “Weak and Weepin’” a hard driving blues based rock song.

For fans of good old fashioned blues based rock with big heaping of killer guitar work Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown needs to be firmly on your radar. Tonight’s show was chock full of everything a good concert needs. There were well crafted songs performed perfectly. The band brought tons of infectious energy that spilled over into the audience. And of course, the level of musicianship was through the roof. So if the tour hits your town anytime, grab a ticket and a friend you’ll both have the times of your life.

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