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Left to right: Graham Whitford, Tyler Bryant, Caleb Crosby. Not pictured: Ryan Fitzgerald.

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown are a hard rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The group’s current lineup consists of Tyler Bryant (Guitar, vocals), Graham Whitford (Guitar), Ryan Fitzgerald (Bass) and Caleb Crosby (Drums).

The group was initially formed in 2009 by Tyler Bryant, a former blues guitarist from Paris, Texas, who had moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting. Since then, the group has led a successful musical career, releasing a number of albums and EP’s, and performing at several music festivals. Their music has also been featured in TV shows.



  • Studio Albums:
    • Wild Child (2013)
    • Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown (2017)
    • Truth & Lies (2019)
    • Pressure (2020)
    • Shake the Roots (2022)
  • EP’s:
    • My Radio (2011)
    • From the Sandcastle (2011)
    • The Wayside (2015)


  • All Guitars Are Stratocasters: Bryant owns several stratocaster models, and it is the only model of electric that he plays. Averted by Graham Whitford, who is a Gibson player. Also somewhat averted by Bryant in his acoustic tracks, in which he plays a Mule-brand resonator guitar.
  • Blues Rock: The group's earlier albums as well as Shake the Roots are largely in this style.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Prior to founding the Shakedown, Bryant recorded the album Born in Texas, which featured a Texas-style blues sound.
  • Grief Song: "Out There" off of Truth and Lies.
  • Hard Rock: Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, Truth & Lies, and Pressure all definitely fit this genre.
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  • Magical Negro: Roosevelt Twitty, Bryant's childhood guitar teacher.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: The group has gone through three bass players over the course of their career. The current bassist, Ryan Fitzgerald, didn’t even appear in promotional photos (like the one above) for the group’s album Pressure, which he made his debut playing bass on.
    • On the cover of Shake the Roots, Ryan is nowhere in sight.
  • Title Track: “My Radio”, “The Wayside” and “Pressure”.