Back in the Day is the latest release from former Iron Butterfly / Captain Beyond member Larry 'Rhino' Reinhardt and his band The Posse, which is made up of members of the original Great Southern. Rhino has been fairly busy over the years, taking part in numerous Iron Butterfly & Captain Beyond reunions, as well as forming his own band called Rhino, but recently when Dickie Betts decided he was going to slow down on performing, Reinhardt recruited Mike Kach (keyboards), Frankie Lombardi (drums), Pedro Arevalo (bass) and Don Bonzi (guitar) from Great Southern to form Rhino and The Posse. Back in the Day is the fruit of their labors, a hard rockin' Southern Rock styled collection of up-tempo tunes that instantly remind of The Allman Brothers Band as well as Great Southern and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
If you are familar with Betts' band Great Southern, you already know that Kach sounds remarkably like Gregg Allman, giving songs like the driving "No Reason", "Don't Know What to Do", "Back in the Day", and "Rock n Roll State of Mind" a real strong ABB flavor. Plenty of tasty guitar licks from Rhino & Bonzi throughout the CD, and when you toss in Kach's swirling Hammond organ, the Allmans comparisons are hard not to notice. Make no mistake though, this band can flat out rock, which they do in spades on the barnburner "Testify", a song filled with sizzling guitar work, and "Run & Hide" is a catchy funk rocker complete with strong Hammond and no shortage of guitar firepower.
At 36 minutes, you'll certainly want more when the CD finishes. In a day and age where many of the classic Southern Rock bands are either disbanded, deceased, or a shell of their former selves, it's great to see a new act emerge on the scene delivering that vintage sound. Lets hope we see more from Rhino and The Posse in the future.
1. Back in the Day
2. Changes Comin'
3. Rockn Roll State of Mind
4. No Reason
5. Don't Know What to Do
7. Run & Hide