Music Scene: Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Tribal Seeds, Joy Kills Sorrow
By Matthew GodbeySpecial to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tyler Bryantand the Shakedown
They used to call him a phenomenon, a prodigious guitar talent the likes of which are only slightly less rare than those young prodigies who make it to the other side of expectation.
When Tyler Bryant was 11, his parents discovered him playing guitar with bluesman Roosevelt Twitty in a Texas record store. Having picked up the guitar at age 6, Bryant already had musical chops, leading his parents to encourage his pursuits from that day forward.
Bryant’s career began to surge after receiving an invitation from Eric Clapton to play the Crossroads Festival at just 15.
By 16, Bryant had won the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation’s New Generation Award and was featured in the 2009 documentary “Rock Prophecies” alongside Jeff Beck, Santana and Slash.
That same year, he became the only unsigned musician to have a song featured on “Guitar Hero 5.”
Two years later, he would be the opening act for Jeff Beck’s spring and fall tours, becoming the first opening act to be invited onstage with the legend for recurring performances since Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1989.
Bryant left his native Texas for Nashville, Tenn., during his senior year of high school and quickly formed Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown with Caleb Crosby (drums), Noah Denney (bass) and Graham Whitford, son of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
To date, the band has split its time between opening for acts such as Aerosmith, B.B. King and Eric Clapton, and headlining small club and bar shows.
The band will stop in Charleston on Thursday for a performance of the latter kind, playing The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with Leogun and Bully Pulpit. Tickets are $10 at the door. Show starts at 9 p.m.
Go to theroyalamerican.com or call 817-6925.
San Diego-based roots reggae sextet Tribal Seeds has spent the past eight years building a following with its traditional take on American reggae.
Independent throughout its career, Tribal Seeds has released three LPs and one EP, “Soundwaves,” which reached No. 2 on Billboard’s reggae chart in 2011.
Having spent the past few years opening for or playing with Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley, The Wailers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, MGMT, Matisyahu, Cee Lo Green and Jack White, among others, Tribal Seeds is making time for an East Coast headlining club run to build its presence.
The band will perform Thursday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Stick Figure and The Madd T-Ray. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or online at etix.com. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. This is a 16 and up show.
Call 577-6969 or go to musicfarm.com.
Joy Kills Sorrow
Success through music, or any art form, is tricky. But one truism that has stood the test of time is that if you’re not the first, you’d better be good.
Joy Kills Sorrow may not be the first band to dig up the bones of bluegrass and American folk music and dress it like brainy hipsters, but it certainly practices the process with outstanding ease and ability.
According to the group’s biography, every member of the Northeast-based quintet has received “classical and/or jazz conservatory training.” Most of its members also have earned prestigious awards in their particular musical fields.
Vocalist Emma Beaton won Traditional Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2010 and the Young Performer of the Year award at the same event in 2008, when she was 18.
Guitarist Matthew Arcara won first place at the Walnut Valley Festival’s National Flatpicking Championship in 2006.
Bassist and primary songwriter Bridget Kearney took first place in the esteemed John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2006 for her originals “Sometimes When I’m Drunk” and “You’re Wearing My Favorite Shirt.”
Mandolin player Jacob Jolliff began touring professionally at age 11 before receiving a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music.
In addition to touring nationally with multiple groups, including The Biscuit Burners, banjoist Wesley Corbett is also a banjo instructor at Berklee.
On its sophomore album, also its latest release, “The Unknown Science,” the band manages to use its scholarly training to grasp the roots of bluegrass and folk’s past and the branches of indie rock’s potential future.
Joy Kills Sorrow will perform Wednesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at etix.com. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9:30.
Call 571-4343 or go to charlestonpourhouse.com.