He was a student of guitarist Joe Satriani. Prior to forming Counting Crows with Adam Duritz, he produced recordings by Duritz and his band, The Himalayans, from San Francisco, California. He formed Counting Crows with Duritz in San Francisco in 1991.
Bryson owned and operated Dancing Dog Studios, a 16-track facility located in the warehouse district of Emeryville, California, from the mid-1980s until it closed in 1997.
Many San Francisco Bay area acts recorded at Dancing Dog with Bryson producing and engineering.