Nashville outfit Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown prove to be one of the most formidable, hard working bands in rock n roll. Possessing the road dog mentality; the band seemingly are never off the road. Their last visit to the UK, a select 4 date tour, was only 6 months prior and within that time they’ve extensively clocked in miles in the US.
The current tour sees the band embark on 6 dates, culminating at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival in Kent.
The evening’s performance brings the band to the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, an intimate yet homely setting.
The Shakedown appeared onstage delivering an electric performance of ‘House On Fire’ taken from their 2013 debut ‘Wild Child’.
“We are The Shakedown from Nashville Tennessee” voiced Tyler before inciting audience participation with the groove ladened ‘Don’t Mind The Blood’ enabling the choral “Whooa” from the crowd.
Four songs deep into the set the audience seemed to fill out somewhat and became more engaging and livelier.
Bryant took to the mic addressing the audience, professing it’s their debut headline performance in Leeds, showing their appreciation for the support. The bluesy riff tore through the venue as ‘Downtown Tonight’, a staple in their set and fan favourite, received an excitable reception with many in attendance singing and harmonising with the band. The chemistry within the band is awe-inspiring, with drummer Caleb Crosby and Bryant laying the foundations for many of the jams, with guitar/drum off towards the end of the track, feeding off one another.
In between tracks the guitars seemingly change constantly with Bryant and guitarist Graham Whitford; with Bryant seizing an opportunity to relay an anecdote on the incident where his prized pink Stratocaster, ‘Pinky’, was stolen and years later returned to him amassing cheers from the audience.
Throughout the set the band somewhat go against conventions; there’s a real sense of spontaneity as the band select the delicate, blues charged ‘The Wayside’ to follow the harder, melancholic mood and tempo of ‘Aftershock’. Not only is the song order is an example of their impulsive nature but also by their stage antics. During a lively rendition of Lipstick Wonder Woman’ the animated Crosby dismantled part of his drum kit and proceeded to perform amongst the crowd with Bryant soon following suit encouraging the adoring audience to flock over to catch a glimpse of the magic.
Inevitably the band leave and soon return to the stage for a further 3 song encore. Bryant addressed the audience, again showing utmost gratitude for attending and introduces the next song by stating their greatest achievement was playing Hyde Park Calling, where Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers headlined, before breaking into an electric, balls-out performance of the Petty classic ‘You Wreck Me’.
The evening’s venue may be a club, yet the performance executed from The Shakedown was phenomenal; as if they were playing to an arena capacity crowd.
Before exiting the stage Bryant reiterated about hanging with the band after the show to take photos and sign merchandise, proving their genuine and humble personalities.
The Shakedown are, at their core, an authentic, devoted blues band which is demonstrated by their impromptu jams that happen more often than not but their impenetrable chemistry and individual creative freedom that radiates in a live setting.
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The setlist was…
House On Fire
Don’t Mind The Blood
That’s All Right (Elvis cover)/blues jam
Lipstick Wonder Woman
Weak & Weeping
You Wreck Me (Tom Petty cover)
House That Jack Built