Justo, a founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, is a longtime Tampa resident who graduated from Chamberlain High in 1962. In the early days of his career, Justo, 71, was part of the house band at the old Clearwater Municipal Auditorium. It was there that he met Roy Orbison, who eventually invited Justo to join his band, the Candymen, which led to the creation of Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1971. We caught up with the singer, who is an avid reader, but "in spurts,'' on April 21 before he left for Las Vegas for a gig at the Golden Nugget.
What's on your nightstand?
I'm reading Havana Nocturne by T.J. English, My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman (and Alan Light) and just finished Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly (and Martin Dugard).
Did you read Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln too?
Yes. I read Killing Jesus as well.
Since your roots are in Southern rock, do you identify with anything specific as you read My Cross to Bear?
I just started, but I'm sure I'll identify with much of it. I've known Gregg since about 1965 when he was in a band called the Allman Joys. We've lost touch over the years, but I played some of the first dates with the Allman Brothers when they were just starting to play.
And what did you think of T.J. English's take on the mob's connection with Cuba?
It was accurate in my opinion. I've been there a couple of times and I'm hoping to go back in January. In most cases, everything people think they know about Cuba is wrong. By the way, the music there is overwhelming.
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