This is Tommy Talton, former co-front man with Scott Boyer of Cowboy, part of the Capricorn Records "house-band," band mate of Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett and Chuck Leavell among others, on his first solo disc after being a co-creator of so many memorable tunes with Cowboy among others. On this disc he wrote or co-wrote twelve of the thirteen songs and the odd one, How Come People Act Like That, was written by the wonderful ubiquitous Bobby Charles. This is in some ways a continuation of his music while he was with Cowboy and at the same time, perhaps because of the time passed, a new beginning, in a comfortable place. The first nine tracks are with one band backing him, The Rebelizers, and the reminder are with The Tommy Talton Band, and there is not a noticeable shift in the music at all. One of the many benefits of this disc is that we get to hear Talton's very tasteful guitar playing again. Whether on acoustic or electric; lead or rhythm, he has always been one of those guitar players worth listening to; His playing is economical and at the same time has what it takes to make the music have that special zip.
Someone Else's Shoes is an extension of that loping, slightly country Southern Rock as played by Cowboy and not the blues driven Lynyrd Skynyrd and without the jazzy interludes and improvisation of The Allman Brothers, this is more Rock orientated combined with touches of Country and Bluegrass, however with intelligent lyrics that have become more story teller orientated. A very heady combination that makes for comfortable listening.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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