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Interview Spotlight: Tommy Talton

Posted: Jan 25, 2010

One of the finest guitarists of the Southern Rock era is Tommy Talton. Along with Scott Boyer, Talton headed up the seventies band Cowboy, one of the many great acts on the Capricorn label.

Today we spotlight Tommy Talton. To read our archived interview from a couple of years ago, just click here.


"The way Cowboy was entered into the situation, if you can imagine that two people would meet and within six months after meeting be in the studio recording and doing all original songs and having free reign over what you do musically. Not having businessmen in suits coming in telling us that it won’t work. Johnny Sandlin was at the helm producing. Like one night we would be recording a Cowboy record and then Chuck Leavell might walk in and put a piano on a tune. It was literally that loose. There was no request to have him booked to put a piano on two songs at 4:00 PM for Cowboy. It happened because it was all a spirit of comraderie and as Dickey said, a brotherhood, and that word was not used until after the fact, after you had been through it. We didn’t call it anything. Someone would just have a new song to do and it was fun."


Be sure to visit the Cowboy Legends of Southern Rock page as well.

Today Talton fronts a rockin' group called The Tommy Talton Band. We are proud to feature one of their tracks on our first Stone Ground & Soitherm Compilation album, available free here.

Tommy will also appear as a part of our lineup for GRITZFEST II, being held in Huntsville, Alabama on February 26th, 2010. Read more here.

If you haven't caught Tommy's new work yet, I advise you to make it a priority. This guy is a Legend who, like fine wine, only gets better with time.

Keep it Real. Keep it Southern.


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gongsi028 says...

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copperhead says...

OK so what happened to the new cowboy CD?

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