(Hittin' The Note)
I had this dream the other night, and I was walking in the park. It was a beautiful summer afternoon, and just before dusk when I stopped at one of the many park benches that lined the walkway. As I started to sit down, I noticed a pair of men’s shoes sitting on the ground beside the bench. For some reason I felt compelled to take my shoes off and try on these found ones. There was nothing particularly different about them as far as looks go, but there was a certain energy coming from them that drew me in like a moth to a flame. I laced them up and walked around in the general area, thinking all the while that these may very well be the single most comfortable shoes I had ever worn. I would have never dreamed I would feel so good in someone else's shoes.
Oddly enough, that’s exactly how the new Tommy Talton album makes me feel. Very comfortable. All warm inside.
Someone Else’s Shoes features Tommy backed by two different bands, The first set of songs was recorded in Lumembourg with his European band The Rebelizers, while the remainder were recorded with his current group, The Tommy Talton Band, based in Georgia.
Talton, who many will remember from his many years as a member of Capricorn Records recording outfit Cowboy, is one hell of a songwriter. He is also one hell of a singer and guitar player. The thirteen tracks here represent some of his finest work ever, including the rocking tale of an overtly friendly girl, “Restless,” and the melodic “Time Will Never Change.” It’s a song that brings back the feel of the best of 1960’s pop harmonies, ala Beatles and Byrds.
There’s the lyrically poingnent “God Save Everyone,” and the beautifully bluesy title track “Someone Else’s Shoes.” You’ve heard critics say “not a bad track on the record,” well, that is a pretty apt description here, from the excellent “Sit Here in the Sun” and what may be my favorite cut about early morning relations, “Wake Up Ready,” to the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful acoustic closer, “Broken Pieces.”
Try something different. Try walking a mile in Someone Else’s Shoes. Discover the real spirit of the journey.
-Michael Buffalo Smith