Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Black Stone Cherry

Trees Presents

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

Black Stone Cherry

Thomas Wynn & The Believers

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Trees

Dallas, TX

20.00-25.00

This event is all ages

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
After carving out a fervent fan base and drawing widespread critical applause with their heady, high-voltage brand of guitar-driven rock, shooting from both hip and heart, Nashville’s Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown find themselves at the epicenter of an advanced rock ‘n’ roll adventure that continues to take them around the world, appearing at some of the biggest venues along the way…

Starting with a guest spot on AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’ World Tour in 2016, the quartet – Caleb Crosby on drums, Noah Denney on bass and backing vocals, Graham Whitford on guitar and Texas-born Tyler himself on vocals and guitar, a musician immersed in blues music from an early age – have continued to share events and stages with some of rock’s most legendary names, including Guns N’ Roses, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, Deep Purple and ZZ Top.

At the same time as projecting their music into stadiums, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – The Shakedown to friends and fans – have continued to build their name and reputation as a headline act, and indeed it was backstage after a sold-out, bill-topping show in London (June 2017) that the band signed their new deal with Snakefarm Records – the most immediate and exciting result being an 11-track, self-titled studio album set to be the label’s inaugural release, with November 3rd locked in as the day of the launch…

“So many great things have happened over the past few months,” exclaims Caleb, “and it's all just so surreal. I remember seeing that Guns N’ Roses were playing two stadium shows in London on June 16th and 17th earlier this year, which are birthdays for Noah and myself, back to back, and I said wouldn’t it be amazing if we appeared on both of those shows… and we did!”

Rewinding back to 2008, Tyler moved to Nashville by himself at the ripe age of 17 to write songs and form a band. It was here he met Caleb, and together they put together what would become The Shakedown…

“The instant we started playing, I knew there was something special,” reflects Caleb. “We played our first show a week later and haven’t stopped since!”

The next addition to the ranks was Graham Whitford, a young guitarist from Boston, Massachusetts. Introduced to Tyler as the guy who could put him out of a job, it was clear from the start that Whitford was a force to be reckoned with. As soon as Tyler heard him play, he asked him to uproot and move to Nashville to join the band.

All that was needed now was the right bassist: enter Noah Denney, who instantly added a whole new dimension to The Shakedown’s sound. As Tyler recalls, “his bass sound scared me and he brought an edge and an attitude to the band that we didn’t even know we needed.”

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 to Europe 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 a song album, 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 in the 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. If you believe it, they will too’. I believe it with this record.”
Black Stone Cherry
Black Stone Cherry
Family comes first—you can never forget who was there with you from the start. The Edmonton, Kentucky-based rock n' roll quartet Black Stone Cherry was raised on musical forefathers such as Cream, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, and the Faces, among other 1970s staples, and, now, with its sixth album, Family Tree, BSC salutes its classic rock heritage and honors its legacy with a beast of a Southern rock n' roll album.
"We caught divine intervention with this one," guitarist Ben Wells says with a good chuckle. "We hit a creative spark and tapped into a spirit and a fire we hadn't before." Drummer John Fred Young adds: "Family Tree showcases all of our collective musical influences and how we have taken those to create something that is truly our own unique Southern American Rock ‘N Roll Sound."
For 17 years, Black Stone Cherry has put forth a new vicious breed of Southern rock, injecting youthful vitality and a myriad of fresh new influences into the beloved American rock tradition. To date, the band has released five critically acclaimed albums, and one well-received blues EP. Black Stone Cherry has also rocked 12,000-cap arena shows, topped the UK charts, and shared the stage with a diverse roster of superstars, including Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Motörhead, and ZZ Top.
Black Stone Cherry came together in 2001 in Edmonton, Kentucky, eventually coalescing around the lineup of Chris Robertson, vocals and guitar; Ben Wells, guitar and vocals; Jon Lawhon, bass and vocals; and John Fred Young, drums. Young's dad Richard, and his Uncle Fred, are two members of the iconic country-fried rock n' roots band The Kentucky HeadHunters, and the high school-aged boys came up honing their craft in the group's Practice House, a 1940s bungalow.
"We grew up in the Kentucky Headhunters' rehearsal space, looking up at posters of Cream, Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, the Stones, Montrose, and the Faces. We were like kids someone took in a time capsule and put in the woods," says drummer John Fred Young.
Like the band's previous album and EP, Black Stone Cherry opted to self-produce and track Family Tree at David Barrick's Barrick Recording, the same studio where BSC recorded its self-titled debut and Kentucky albums . BSC also opted to not over-rehearse in advance of the album, instead preferring the immediacy and spontaneity of in the-moment takes. "There was a lot of laughter in the studio this time, and an air of comfort because we had self-produced the last few releases. It helped us get down to the nitty gritty bones of our music," says bassist Jon Lawhon. The band also entrusted guitarist and vocalist Chris Robertson to mix the album. This homespun approach perfectly suited the loose but epiphanic creative sessions that birthed Family Tree.
Family Tree boasts BSC's tried-and-true lucky number with its 13 songs, and, like all BSC releases, features songwriting contributions from each member. The result is a modern and meaty blues-based 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 Tree full 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 amazing to 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."
Thomas Wynn & The Believers
Thomas Wynn & The Believers
Thomas Wynn & The Believers personifies rugged, yet uplifting spirited rock,

sprinkled with southern soul R&B. Tunes brutally honest & heartfelt, the themes

go beyond years of drugs, heartbreaks & hypocrisy to deliver a message of hope.

“Soulful, gritty tunes, some as sweet as honeysuckle and others ferociously

jagged ...reminiscent of Levon Helm, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers, but

they still boldly radiate a sound and southern charm all their own.” Metromix

A combination of blistering rock and southern soul, this fiery ensemble has been

playing the Orlando, Florida original music circuit for the last three-plus years and

have quickly garnered local celebrity status. Hailing from a musical family, the

band is heavily influenced by Thomas and Olivia's father, Tom Wynn, who was

the drummer for Cowboy. Through out the 70’s, Cowboy toured with the Allman

Brothers Band, and released four albums on the legendary Capricorn

Records.Thomas’ spirit-moving vocals are uniquely supported by sister Olivia

Wynn’s engaging and captivating voice and presence. Her strong vocal

harmonies and wide-eyed response is the perfect companion to his yearning

banshee cries.

Known for their powerful LIVE performances, TWTB have delighted audiences of

all sizes, including festival goers at Bear Creek, Orlando Calling, Magnolia Fest,

Bear Creek, Orlando Calling, Blackwater Music Festival, BamaJam, Tropical

Heatwave, Antiwarpt, Pojo Music Fest and FMFs. The group has also shared the

stage with national acts Gov't Mule, Blackberry Smoke, The Dirty Guv'nahs, The

Blind Boys of Alabama, Drivin' N' Cryin', Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers,

Donna The Buffalo, Leftover Salmon, JJ Grey & Mofro, Medeski, Martin & Wood,

Honey Island Swamp Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Lee Boys, Charlie

Daniels, and many more.

TWTB are gratefully sponsored by Gibson, D'Addario, and Drilley's Shoes.
Venue Information:
Trees
2709 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://treesdallas.com/