........Several months went by without much going on. Then one morning right around my birthday(April '05), I got a call from a record producer in Nashville. He and his partner were putting together a band of former "classic Southern Rock artists". He was looking for a singer for the band and was calling at the request of an old friend from the Marshall Tucker Band, George McCorkle. I said yes and about a month later I was on my way to Nashville to rehearse and play with The Renegades Of Southern Rock.
I have to say, it was a great get off playing with my old friends, George McCorkle (founding Marshall Tucker Band member) on guitar, Danny Toler (ABB, Dickey Bett's Great Southern) on guitar, Frankie Toler (ABB, Marshall Tucker and Dickey Bett's Great Southern) on drums and Jack Hall (Wet Willie founding member) on bass. I also met some new guys who were also killer players, Taylor Caldwell (Billy Joe Royal) and a great Atlanta session drummer, John McKnight.
Danny's brother Frankie Toler had started as our drummer but bowed out due to some health issues. Love Frankie and miss him. He had a great heart and was one of the most soulful drummers I ever had the privilege of working with.
Rehearsals went great and in no time we found ourselves on stage. Our first show was at a fairground by a river somewhere in Arkansas. It was evident from the first 8 bars of the first song, that this was gonna be good and also a great deal of fun.We played some corporate parties, state fairs and some Indian Casinos and a bunch of concerts up and down the East Coast, while performing many of the successful songs that we'd all been involved with over the years; Smoke From A Distant Fire, Can't You See, Fire On The Mountain, Whipping Post, Keep On Smilin' and on and on. We played an hour and a half of hits and just smoked 'em all. The playing part was golden. But what was starting to occur to us was we couldn't see sustaining ourselves going forward without something new and original to that particular band. We just couldn't keep doing the same 16 or 18 songs for any length of time and rehashing the same material for repeat audiences. People get bored and want to see something different or at least additional, or they'll move on.