Capricorn Rhythm Section Featured in Blues Revue Magazine

Capricorn Rhythm Section
Alive at 2nd Street Music Hall
Rockin' Camel 003

Blues Revue Magazine
Apr/May 2007
Posted: March 22, 2007

The Capricorn Rhythm Section is a collective of old friends who were first-call players at Macon, Georgia's Capricorn Records throughout the 1970's, where they performed on all kinds of blue-eyed soul and Southern rock sessions. Today, Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton (the principals behind the '70s band Cowboy), Paul Hornsby and Johnny Sandlin (mates of Duane and Gregg Allman in the '60s group Hour Glass), and drummer Bill Stewart have reunited to make some hot, funky music. Alive at 2nd Street Music Hall preserves in first-rate fidelity a dozen selections from a pair of 2005 gigs at a Gadsden, Alabama, night-spot. With pleading guitar and swirling B-3 behind him, Talton elicits a slinky Southern vibe on the album-opening "Time Will Take Us," and the tune's potent narrative and smart imagery epitomize the great songwriting on display here. Boyer tackles Eddie Hinton's "Everybody Needs Love" in a cigarette-smoked voice that evokes Hinton's gritty, soulful spirit. Guest Lee Roy Parnell leads a raveup of Gary Nicholson and Dan Penn's "Ought To Be a Law," and his robust drawl and roaring slide fit the program like a saddle on hide. Perhaps best of all is Boyer's "Please Be With Me," and emotionally probing blues that floats on waves of acoustic guitar and piano.

The album's title is appropriate, for while this is indeed a live recording, it's also a document of a full-fledged band that not only rekindles memories but is absolutely alive with passion.

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