Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown bring plenty of fire to an already hot summer evening with The Georgia Thunderbolts
It was a hot and humid evening at J.D. Legends, with the possibility of storms during this outdoor event, but that didn’t seem to discourage anyone from showing up to see Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown on stage for one of their first post-lockdown performances. With the departure of longtime bass player, Noah Denney just as things were shutting down, the band hunkered down and got creative, writing and recording what would become their latest which was aptly titled Pressure which was recorded in Tyler Bryant’s home studio with the most part and saw Ryan Fitzgerald helping out on bass. The official announcement that Fitzgerald was the newest member of The Shakedown came in October 2020 along with the release of Pressure
Though the sun hadn’t completely set, when the stage lights went up and the usual push toward the stage began, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown got right down to business opening with a song most in the audience could relate to, namely the title track of. the album of the same name, “Pressure” Who was more excited to be there, the band or the audience? It was impossible to tell. Tyler Bryant was all smiles as he worked his way all over the stage with infinite energy and, confessing after the show that his face hurt from smiling so much. Drummer Caleb Crosby, cloaked in a curtain of smoke and blue light through most of the set, took several opportunities to come out from behind his drum kit, bringing his snare drum on a stand to the edge of the stage to bring his energy up close to the crowd. Guitarist Graham Whitford left nothing behind, playing off of Bryant at times tore through one blistering riff after another all eveing. Newcomer “Fitz” appeared right at home in his spot on the stage, receiving a warm welcome from old fans and new.
While for the most part, the band let the music do the talking, Tyler Bryant took every available opportunity to express how joyful they were to be playing for an audience again, how appreciative they were to see so many familiar faces in the crowd, and how good it felt to be among like-minded people sharing something we all love. The set included something for everyone with songs from every point in this band’s already impressive catalog, digging far into the vault with “Shackles” from 2011 right up to a recently written number called “Born Rockin'” inspired by the upcoming birth of Caleb Crosby’s firstborn along with over a dozen more of the Blues/Rock driven songs Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown are know for such as “House on Fire”, “Aftershock”, “Poor Boy Blues”, “Where I Want You” and “Lipstick Wonder Woman” The final song of the evening was “Ramblin’ Bones” which saw the whole band at the edge of the stage, leaving the crowd well satisfied, yet still wanting more.
Following a few more dates after this one, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown will be taking a bit of a break while soon-to-be new dad, Caleb Crosby attends to his new Little Rocker. Tyler Bryant and Graham Whitford on the other hand will be hitting the road opening for Myles Kennedy with an acoustic set. It’s something you won’t want to miss.
One would never have guessed that these guys had only played a few shows prior to this night.
Opening this evening were Rome, GA-based hard-driving southern rock band The Georgia Thunderbolts. Expertly tearing through a set of original songs and some well-known cover songs The Georgia Thunderbolts had the large crowd rocking from the opening chords of their opening song. During the show, the band announced that their debut album, Can We Get A Witness will be out everywhere through Mascot Records on CD and digitally on October 15th!