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Tommy Talton - Let’s Get Outta Here

Hittin’ The Note Records


Tommy Talton brings his extensive background in Southern Rock and studio session work to this impressive effort. Elements of Sothern Rock, Southern Soul, R&B, New Orleans funk country and roots music infuse the eleven band-penned tunes that comprise this well-honed release. Tommy was a founding member of Southern Rock stalwarts Cowboy of the prestigious Capricorn stable of artists. As well as opening for The Allman Brothers Band on many occasions, Tommy was the guitarist on Gregg Allman’s “Laid Back” album. His session credits include Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Corky Laing, Clarence Carter, Kitty Wells and countless others. Former Cowboy cohorts Bill Stewart and Scott Boyer, as well as “first call” keyboard man Chuck Leavell and former Wet Willie guitarist Rick Hirsch lend support. Tommy handles vocals, guitar, writing and co-producer chores, exceling at all he touches.

Starting anew is the theme of the title song, a mellow horn-driven slice of Southern Soul, perfect for a Sunday drive. Tommy’s cutting electric slide on “You Can’t Argue With Love” harkens back to the heady days of Southern Rock. Mardi Gras and swamp “mumbo jumbo” imagery inhabit the tale of the mystic man “Slacabamorinico” as punchy horns and Chuck Leavell’s weaving piano create a New Orleans feel. The pleading vocal of "Where Is The World?" effectively conveys the narrator's yearning for the better times of days gone by. The sole blues here is a scorcher driven by Tommy's blazing slide prowess. From what I gather the guy in the song was poisoned by his mistress' husband. "If Your Attitude Is Funky(Nobody Wants Your Monkey)" is a cooker where the singer berates a woman that it dosen't matter how fine she is, nobody wants her "monkey"...nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more. It features some nifty guitar soloing from Kelvin Holly. "Give A Little Bit(Tribute To Levon Helm) can best be described as a blazing little "ditty" overflowing with wonderful keyboard and guitar noise.

The guys sure know their way around slower tunes as well. As is the case throughout this record, Tommy's voice conveys warmth through his pleasant tones. He shows this to good effect on the easy rollin' "Make It Through The Rain". He also provides a nice acoustic guitar coda on this one. "Dream Last Night" transports the listener on a lilting cloud of various guitars and piano..."I felt a freedom only flying dreamers feel, all of my fears fell away". Letting go of the memory of a lost love is the subject of the sparse and lilting "Recent Rain".
Tommy and his crew have brought years of musical experience to this project. There is nothing "hap-hazard" or out-of-place to be found here. In the hands of Tommy, writing moving songs of quality seems to come easy, when in fact it is a rare talent. You owe it to yourself to give it a listen..

Reviewer Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony hails from the New Jersey Delta.

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