Toyesauce, the breakout project from Nashville guitarist Leon Toye, has dropped a groovy new single featuring NOLA funk masters George Porter Jr. (The Meters) and Stanton Moore (Galactic). Entitled “Good As It Gets Anymore”, the song draws from the rich musical heritage of both Nashville and New Orleans and was recorded in both cities remotely.
Toye recruited a dream team of all-star musicians for his solo debut, including vocalist Kevin McKinney from Austin, TX’s Soulhat and saxophonist Troy Atkins, in addition to the rhythm section of NOLA heavy hitters Stanton Moore and George Porter Jr.
“I love surrounding myself with smarter and more talented people,” Toye said of his process. “It’s uncomfortable, but a motivating and fantastic learning opportunity.” He continued, “With Stanton Moore and George Porter Jr. on the song, I’m humbled to even plug in my guitar. These guys are just the tip of the talent iceberg—an army of other incredible musicians are on this project, with sonic goodies all day long.”
“Good As It Gets Anymore” began as a collaboration between Leon Toye and Kevin McKinney, which they recorded in Toye’s home studio in Nashville. Toye then sent the song down to New Orleans, where he enlisted Stanton Moore to record drums. With a strong foundation laid down, the song continued its journey, making its way to George Porter Jr., who supplied a sauntering bass line that grooves as only the Meters bassist can. A bright and brassy horn section further evokes the second-line feel of New Orleans funk, but McKinney’s soulful vocals and a bluesy guitar solo from Toye himself add a country twang fit for Tennessee.
With “Good As It Gets Anymore”, Toyesauce disproves the notion that musicians have to play in the same room at the same time to create a cohesive groove—they don’t even have to be in the same state.
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Toyesauce – “Good As It Gets Anymore”