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A great night of blues with The Tommy Talton Band

Tommy Talton
Tommy Talton

Tommy Talton Band


Live Review: Tommy Talton Band at the Mable House Amphitheatre, Mableton, GA 8/17/13

The forecast of rain did not deter a good number of fans who came out to see Tommy Talton and his band fill up a night with soulful blues and solid southern rock. Talton is known as co-founder (along with Scott Boyer) of the seventies group Cowboy and session guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band, performed many songs from his latest release Let’s Get Outta Here.

The air was cool and dry, which added to spectacular sounds from the Atlanta four-piece. With a strict curfew of 10:00, the band had exactly two hours (minus a short “interlude”) to cram in as much blues as they could. And they took it to 10:00:00. With ten minutes left in the show, Talton announced, “Well, we only have 17 more songs to play, so…” Not a soul would have left, if that were the case.

Listen to "Sunk Down in Mississippi"

Other than the wonderfully fresh new tunes, the band played some older stuff, along snuck in a few covers. Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” was a true treat (if you listen closely, you will hear a little Van Morrison in many of Talton’s tunes – it’s the voice). Their cover of Allen Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down” was magical while Stephen Stills’ “Love The One You’re With” closed the show and was quick and smoking.

During “If Your Attitude Is Funky (Nobody Wants Your Monkey)” Talton broke into a slow riff of Eric Clapton’s “Layla” (the intro that Clapton and Duane Allman put together, which – according to Talton – is an old blues riff sped up). As he repeated the riff, it became faster and instantly recognizable. The rest of the band were exceptional musicians and completed a well-rounded, simply amazing sound. They are: Matt Slocum (keyboards), David Keith (drums) and Brandon Peeples (bass, harmony vocals).

Besides his newest release, two classics have been re-released and are available again: Tommy Talton in Europe: Someone Else’s Shoes and Live Notes from Athens (both on Hittin’ the Note Records). Purchase music HERE.

Talton will be traveling to Chicago this week for a two-night stay at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago along with his band and the Swampland Horns. If you’re in the Chicago area, I suggest you get your blues on (tickets HERE).