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Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, GA-20 rock in 2023 at the Bayou Theater


The Bayou Theater at University of Houston-Clear Lake is rocking in the new year with a concert, featuring performances by Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, and GA-20 on Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

GA-20’s guitarist Matt Stubbs said he and his bandmates, guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty and drummer Tim Carman are kicking off their 2023 tour at the Bayou Theater for their new album, “Crackdown,” which recently debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart. This is their third consecutive album to top that chart.

“My biggest influences in music were the blues musicians that grabbed me and made me love it, like Phoebe King, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker and Johnny Guitar Watson,” Stubbs said. “That’s all I ever listened to when I was young. Now we play blues from the 50s and 60s, and rock is what came from that. When we play, it’s pretty high energy. Our audience thinks it’s rock, but to me, it’s blues.”

Stubbs added that GA-20 would play a combination of covers and original tracks during their performance at the Bayou Theater. “We want everyone to have a great time,” he said. “When people hear the word ‘blues’ they think it’ll be slow and depressing, but our show is the opposite. Some people who don’t listen to blues will hear us and not even realize that’s blues. People who are traditional rock and blues fans will enjoy it; but we hope to open some doors to others who have not yet heard it.”

GA-20 received nominations for Boston Music Awards 2022 in the categories of Blues Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for “Crackdown.”

Founded in Nashville, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown has released four successful studio albums and has toured with Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, AC?DC, and Lynrd Skynyrd. Bryant, who put his first band together at age 15, performed around his hometown of Paris, Texas and then moved to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career. He met future bandmates Caleb Crosby and Calvin Webster while there, and together, they formed Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.

Webster ultimately left the group and was replaced by Noah Denney. They appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Nov. 9, 2012 and released their first full-length album, “Wild Child,” which was featured in Rolling Stone and Interview magazines.

The group’s fifth studio album, “Shake the Roots,” was released in August.

For more information about the Bayou Theater, or to purchase tickets to these performances, go online.