Tyler Bryant: “I get bored with guitar solos that are just about speed and technique. I like there to be something musical and memorable“

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
(Image credit: Jason Stoltzfus)

At 17, fresh from playing with his hometown blues band, Tyler Bryant left Texas to hit Music City with just enough savings to pay for an apartment. 

Over the best part of a year, he assembled a band and starting playing gigs – “and those same guys are still with me now,” he tells us today. “Initially, I sat in my apartment writing songs and that was when I started to consider myself as a songwriter rather than just a guitarist.” 

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.