(Garage Door Records)
There have been a lot of Southern Rock “supergroups” to come out of the woodwork over the past ten years. Some were good, some were great. Well sir, Toler/Townsend falls into that “great” category.
Combining the still smokin’ vocals of Bama jammer Johnny Townsend (Sanford Townsend Band, “Smoke From a Distant Fire.”) and “Dangerous” Dan Toler (Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern), the album is a true seventies flavored blues rock tour de force. Old school Southern Rock? Not really. Great rock and roll? You bet your sweet bippy!
Townsend blows out the smoldering blues on “Just Not Enough,” backed by the always stellar guitar of Toler. I can honestly say there is not a weak track on the collection. From the made for radio pop rock of “Novato Moon” to the Little Feat vibe of “Full Time Fool,” it’s all good.
Dan Toler gets a real workout on the instrumental “Ali Shuffle,” and Johnny sings his heart out on the Sanford Townsend tune, “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” the only track not written by Toler and Townsend.
The whole record is like a breath of fresh air in this world of Taylor Swifts and Jay Z’s. If radio played this kind of music today, I would listen to radio again. I kinda miss those days anyway.
-Michael Buffalo Smith