Tommy Talton review…Jan. 8, 2015…

TOMMY TALTON

UNTIL AFTER THEN

HITTIN THE NOTE RECORDS  7-27908-04886-5

UNTIL AFTER THEN–REAL SUGAR–MR. LOVE–DISTANT LIGHT–MY O MY–I KEEP MY MIND ON YOU–SHE WAS THERE–THE MAN FROM DOWN NEAR WACO–LOVE U A LITTLE–YOU GOT A FRIEND–SURFIN THE LEVEE (BONUS TRACK)

Tommy Talton’s name is synonymous with classic Southern rock, as a co-founder of the group Cowboy.  They were discovered by Duane Allman, who introduced them to Capricorn head Phil Walden, who paired them with producer Johnny Sandlin, who produced several albums for them during the Southern rock heyday.

Tommy’s guitar style is rooted in rhythm and blues, something you had to have to make a name for yourself in those early days.  His latest album is entitled “Until After Then,” and these eleven original cuts are each unique in their own way, with different sounds, time signatures, or subject matter.

A punchy horn section and accordion drives the jangly pop of a story of youg love “surrounded by a clear white fire,” “I Keep My Mind On You.”  The breezy, ethereal “She Was There” and “Distant Light” both describe a true love that is “always there.”  “Love U A Little” utilizes a marching backbeat over Tommy’s acoustic dobro and acoustic, barrelhouse piano from Rick Hirsch.  “You Got A Friend,” with its slide guitar and backing chorus and instrumentation, revisit the halcyon days of when Southern rock ruled the radio dial.

We had two favorites, too.  The bonus track is entitled “Surfin The Levee,” and has that eerie, psychedelic feel reminiscent of Zep’s version of the traditional “When The Levee Breaks.”  And, Tommy declares he doesn’t want any MSG or mononitrates, just “give me some Real Sugar!”  This one has some cool wah-wah guitar from Kevin Holly in this funky tale where “I don’t want my real world watered down!”

Tommy Talton continues to show everyone why he was so sought-after and revered back in the day.  And, a diverse set such as “Until After Then” is one to be enjoyed again and again!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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