Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown: Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown Review

Finally. This was the thought that popped into most Shakedown fans’ minds when the band announced that it was–after nearly five years–releasing its second album. Fans have waited…and waited…and waited. The first Shakedown EP From the Sandcastle, released in the fall of 2011, was a rock ‘n’ roll revelation. Blues infused rock bands like Rival Sons and the Stone Foxes were already around, but still–it was so unusual to hear a band playing the way they did. And suddenly, there was the Shakedown, shaking the rock genre back up. Wild Child came along in early 2013 as an affirmation of what many thought of From the Sandcastle­–this was a band in which they could place their trust to carry rock forward. Perhaps that put an excessive amount of pressure on the band. Perhaps the comparisons listeners have for years drawn between lead singer Tyler Bryant and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan didn’t help. Perhaps the last few quiet years have simply been a result of power plays by record companies ill-fitted to serve a rock band in the 2010s. Most likely, it’s a combination of these factors and more.

Alastair Greene Interview

After spending the past seven years as the guitarist for the Alan Parsons Project, blues rock guitarist Alastair Greene is ready to take his solo career full time. Greene just released Dream Train last month, which has been very well received. Blues Rock Review caught up with Greene to discuss the recent change in his career, the new album, and more.

Supersonic Blues Machine: Californisoul Review

One of the most immediately noticeable qualities of Supersonic Blues Machine’s Californisoul is the sheer production value that went into the album.  It features heavy-hitting guests such as Billy Gibbons, Eric Gales, and Robben Ford.  To borrow from Elton John, Californisoul creates a “solid wall of sound” that is impeccably mixed throughout, making the album pleasing and palatable. I’m getting ahead of myself.  I can spend the whole review talking about all the people who worked on Californisoul, but to keep it brief, the album most prominently features Lance Lopez (guitars, vocals), Fabrizio Grossi (bass), and Kenny Aronoff (drums).

Tinsley Ellis’ “Winning Hand” gets January release date

Alligator Records has set a January 12, 2018 release date for Winning Hand, the powerful new album from Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis. He will immediately hit the road for a mammoth three month U.S. tour, launching on release date with a concert at the Variety Playhouse in his hometown of Atlanta.

The Temperance Movement announce “A Deeper Cut”

UK based blues rockers The Temperance Movement have announced a new album titled A Deeper Cut, which is set for release on February 16th. It’s the followup to last year’s White Bear.

The band is set to kick off a tour of the UK and Europe on November 6th. A list of tour dates is available on the band’s website.

Album Releases: November 2017

November’s Album Releases video features new albums from Greta Van Fleet, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Mollie Marriott, and Samantha Fish.

Tyler Bryant Interview

Diehard Shakedown fans will be thrilled to learn that the Nashville-based quartet is back this week with 11 new songs. It’s considerable news because, though the Shakedown has shared stages with gigantic rock acts as varied as ZZ Top and REO Speedwagon since lead singer Tyler Bryant and drummer Caleb Crosby formed the band roughly nine years ago, they have only released one full-length album and two EPs to date. It’s been nearly five years since the release of the 13-track Wild Child, and two since the band’s seemingly significant signing with John Varvatos Records under the Republic Records umbrella resulted in The Wayside, a six-track EP. Since then, the Shakedown have traveled much of the world while touring with AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses, reaching larger and larger audiences as they earned their stadium chops…but still, there was no new music. Finally, the Shakedown announced this summer that they were leaving Republic and signing with Snakefarm Records, part of the Finnish Spinefarm Records. Soon after, the band also announced their new self-titled album, out November 3.

Greta Van Fleet: Portland Gig Review

The “Glorious Sons,” a Canadian rock band were playing when we arrived at the Hawthorne theater, in Portland, Oregon on a Monday night, October 23, 2017. The hard driving rock and roll sextet hammered the audience with their brand of youthful exuberance that left the sold out crowd fully primed for the main act. They ended their set with a, bring down the house version of the “Rolling Stones” “Gimme Shelter.”

“I tell you love, sister, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away.”

After a short break to replace band equipment, “Greta Van Fleet” took the stage and opened the show to a screaming audience with “Talk On The Street,” a lively rocker, at a few minutes after 10:00 P.M..

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