Toney was born in Roseville CA. in 1958. He started appreciating music at a very young age because his whole family loved music. His mother used to play harmonica and tap dance as early as he could remember. "I used to look up at her and see how much she enjoyed playing that harmonica
and the rhythm she had was amazing."
His brothers were huge music fans too, they listened to a lot of R&B and blues. Toney's first blues concert was BB.King. "It changed my life forever. What a performer! I had goose bumps for 2 hours! I decided right then and there I was going to play guitar." It wouldn't be long until Toney would be mastering some of the great blues songs that he had been listening to. Toney's influences include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robin Trower, Pat Travers, Danny Gatton, Wes Montgomery
and Jimi Hendrix just to name a few.
His first guitar was purchased at a now defunked store called Grants for about 30.00 dollars. Now, hundreds of guitars later, "I have found my sound." Toney says. He started going to a lot of blues festivals with his brother when he was about 15 years old and soon he started practicing very hard to understand the note bending aspects of the blues guitar style. After ruining hundreds of good blues albums and many sets of strings he started building his own uniquely wonderful blues style
"My first band was named Stiff!!! :0 with an amazing drummer named Bill Roy." Since then some of Toney's previous projects included: The Bottom Line and Marshall Wilkerson and Brown Sugar. Along his musical journey he has shared the stage with the likes of: Jerry Martini from Sly and the family Stone and Dave Chennell and The Fryed Brothers.
Toney has played practically his whole life, and now? Well, now as Toney says "I'm ready to share my enjoyment of MY music with everyone else. I hope you come along for the ride!"