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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Underworld Records artist:Too Slim and the Taildraggers - Blue Heart - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (June 18, 2013), Blue Heart, from Too Slim and the Taildraggers and it's a strong blues rocker. Opening with Wash My Hands is a rockin' Texas Style blues rocker that could easily be by "That Little Ole Band From Texas". I really like the drive and droning note guitar work on this track! Minutes Seem Like Hours, a slow bluesy ballad is up next. I really like Langford's vocals in particular on this track and the bass by Tommy MacDonald and complimentary B3 by Reese Wynans are a great pedestal for guitar work by Langford and McNelley. Celebrity Jimmy Hall adds sweet harp on the title track, Blue Heart, a uptempo boogie and Tom Hambridge always leads the way with ultra-tight drumming. Hot blues number, Good To See You Smile Again, features stellar vocals from Jimmy Hall and crisp guitar work from Langford and McNelley. This is a track that has everything ... great feel, vocals, instrumentation and searing guitar work. If You Broke My Heart is much more driving rock along the lines of Stone Free. Strong guitar work and a cool riff compliment this drum driven track. Shape Of Blues to Come is a cool rock track with a slick hook, greasy guitar and super drumming (not to mention solid bass lines). Preacher opens with distorted slide guitar and continues with effects distorted vocals providing a swampy overall sound. This track has a really raw feel to it giving it some weight toward original delta style blues even though it's obviously contemporary. Completing the package is Angels Are Back, an acoustic slide guitar and vocal track with minimal percussion and a slightly eastern twinged delta feel. This is a cool track but much more "experimental" in nature. Overall I find this release very tasty and rich in guitar work and blue hues. Check it out!
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