Tommy Talton

 

 Six decades in, it’s clear that guitarist and songwriter Tommy Talton is still making music for the sheer joy of it. He manages to perform with both the energy of a music-obsessed kid and the restraint of a seasoned veteran – because, at heart, he is both.  

He began his musical career in Central Florida and in 1966 was a founding member of a group called “We The People.”

   The group had several top ten hits throughout Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Recording with RCA Victor Records, they gained much critical acclaim and are still considered to be in the top three of the most listened to and appreciated “garage band” genre groups of all time.

   To this day they have re-releases of recordings from the ’60s with Sundazed Records from upstate New York, sales being reportedly steady.

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   In 1970, Tommy Talton, along with Scott Boyer, was a founding member of Capricorn Records group “Cowboy.”

   From 1971 through 1977 Cowboy recorded 4 albums for Capricorn.

“Reach For The Sky,”

“5’ll Getcha Ten” (these first 2 albums by Cowboy are now available @):

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and “Boyer and Talton: Cowboy” (1974) and “Cowboy” (1977).

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   Talton also recorded an album titled “Happy To Be Alive/ Talton, Sandlin and Stewart” with producer Johnny Sandlin (Allman Bros., Delbert McClinton). Essentially, it being a solo effort with all but one song being written and sung by Talton.

An offshoot from Cowboy, Happy to Be Alive shouldn't be written off as a one-time-only affair, as the three musicians credited here, as well as their support artists, all have either been in Cowboy or helped out on various Cowboy releases. Happy to Be Alive is mainly Tommy Talton's record, though, and he shines like a rough-hewn diamond. Best cuts include "It Might Be the Rain" and a cover of Allen Toussaint's "Working in a Coal Mine." Hard to find, but well worth seeking out.

   While in Macon, Ga. through most of the 70’s, Tommy was a studio musician recording with artists such as Billy Joe Shaver, Bonnie Bramlett, Martin Mull, Corky Lang (West, Bruce and Lang/ Mountain), Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Clarence Carter, country music legend Kitty Wells, Alex and Livingston Taylor, Arthur Conley of Sweet Soul Music fame, Johnny Rivers, and more. He toured extensively throughout the U.S. with Cowboy and with Gregg Allman’s “Laid Back Tour” as Gregg’s ‘Special Guests’ from Carnegie Hall to Fillmore West in San Francisco and most cities in between. Tommy was also the guitarist on Gregg Allman’s certified Gold “Laid Back” studio album.

   Throughout the ‘90’s, Tommy lived and toured in Europe and formed a group there called “The Rebelizers” with members of Albert Lee’s band, Hogan’s Heroes. Also at that time, he was guitarist on a Belgian television program, “Sommer Kuren” (“Cures Summer,” translated,1997) and played with numerous European musicians such as Toots Thielemans (jazz harmonica) while gigging in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Spain.

   In 2005, after returning to the States, Talton formed “The Tommy Talton Band.” He connected with Southern Music and Allman Brothers Band (news) magazine, “HittinTheNote.” 

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Amazon.com and ITunes.

   Tommy began recording a fifth album of all original songs in Oct. of 2015 titled: "Somewhere South of Eden." 

It was released on March 20, 2017! On CDbaby.com, Amazon.com and ITunes...

   He continues to tour the Southeast of the USA, with occasional visits to Chicago, New York and Europe, as a soloist and with a full band from 3 to 11 pieces.