Music collides when Rival Sons and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown hit Nashville. Maybe Einstein would have approved of this collision, too.

Sometimes, two black holes collide in space and awes people with the sound it creates. Such was the case when these two bands, on two separate tours, run into each other on stage in Nashville.

Rival Sons are currently touring North America alongside England’s Black Sabbath. In the meantime, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown are touring with Australia’s AC/DC. However, the two bands played a one-off show together to an intimate, but eager crowd.

Nashville native Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown open the show. The Bryant sound carries soul, as he sings along freely with melodies from his guitar. The group is made up of Bryant (vocals and guitar), Graham Whitford (guitar), Noah Denny (bass), and Caleb Crosby (drums).

After a quick changeover, Rival Sons take the stage and play through a variety of songs. Vocalist Jay Buchanan is captivating in many aspects, but mainly because of his musical roots in folk that gives him a creative presence on stage.

The middle of the set is a roller coaster of emotions, both lyrically and musically. In succession, the band delivered the extended jam version of their track, “Manifest Destiny, Part 1” followed by a medley of the acoustic-tinged “Face of Light,” “Sacred Tongue,” “Burn Down Los Angeles,” and “Torture.” The band closed with the beautiful ballad “Where I’ve Been.” The range of energy and vibe in this set had the crowd in blank-faced awe like they were watching the grand finale of the best fireworks show they have ever seen.

The highlight of the night was the band playing “Tell Me Something” from their 2009 debut album, Before The Fire. In a past interview with guitarist Scott Holiday, he said this track was the first song he wrote with the idea of what the band would become. The track embodies the foundation of the sound Rival Sons has developed over the years with the gigantic riff, soaring vocals, thundering drumming style of Michael Miley, and a bass line that drives the track like something from Motown. The set was ended with Holiday’s slide guitar work.

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