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Showing posts with label Too Slim and the Taildraggers. Show all posts
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Friday, July 24, 2020

VizzTone Label Group artist: Too Slim and the Taildraggers - The Remedy - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Remedy, from Too Slim and the Taildraggers, andI really like it! Opening with last Last Chance, a terrific blues rocker, Too Slim and the Taildraggers is up and running with the swagger of prime Stones or ZZ Top. With Tim Too Slim Langford on lead guitar and vocal, Jeff Shakeu Fowlkes on drums and vocal and Zach Kasik on bass, these guys are rockin! Devil's Hostage has a seductive droning bass line and Gibbons like vocals coaxing on the beautiful tone of Langford's guitar amp. John Lee Hooker style boogie, Keep The Party Rollin' has a super driving bottom, pushed along by the snap drumming of Fowlkes and the crafty harmonica work of Sheldon Ziro. Elmore James' Sunnyland Train is well dressed with exceptional slide work by Langford. Platinum Junkie is a strong funky blues number with classic Jason Ricci harmonica riffs. Wrapping the release is radio style track, Half A World Away, with it pleasing melody and straight ahead rock approach. This is a really strong release from Slim and I hope he keeps doing it.



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Monday, May 21, 2018

Underworld/VizzTone Label Group artist: Too Slim and the Taildraggers - High Desert Heat - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, High Desert Heat, from Too Slim and the Tail Draggers, and it's quite good. Opening with Chambers Brothers' classic, Time Has Come Today, with it's driving beat and memorable guitar riff, led by Tim "Too Slim" Langford on guitar and vocal. . Cool opener. Breaking into Trouble, Langford sets up a cool boogie, joined by Sheldon "Bent Reed" Ziro on harmonica, Jeff "Shakey" Fowlkes on drums and Zach Kasik on bass. Stories To Tell has a classic "Jimi" rock styling with a strong guitar solo with great bends and squealing pinched harmonics. Very cool. With it's low slung Texas swagger distorted "fuzz" guitar and tandem vocals, One Step At A Time, sounds like early ZZ Top. Very nice. Wrapping the release is instrumental title track, High Desert Heat, with it's western undertones, low range guitar riffs and shimmery guitar lead. Langford's solid slide phrasing makes for an excellent closer for a really solid release.  

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Underworld records artist: Too Slim and the Taildraggers - Blood Moon - New release review

I just received the newest release, Blood Moon, from Too Slim & the Taildraggers and it's gritty, bluesy and a modern guitar stiff arm in the chest. Opening with Evil Mind, a funky rocker, lead vocalist and guitar man, Tim "Too Slim" Langford, sets the track on fire with ripping pace backed by Jeff "Shakey" Fowlkes on drums and Robert Kearns on bass. Title track, Blood Moon, has a really nice drone bass line and a early Robin Trower feel with spacial guitar qualities and timing. A real cool track with serious guitar phrasing, this is one of my favorites on the release. Twisted Rails has a Jimi Hendrix kind of vibe but with modern delivery and adaptation and cool vocal harmonies. Guitar variations on the central theme give the track a varied texture and crisp drumming by Fowlkes drives the track home. Get Your Goin' Out On has traces of southern rock and Keith Richards. I know that this sounds like an odd pair, but in reality it's a really cool track. Gypsy has a real interesting jazz undertone with a blues rock top. I really like this juxtaposition of styles and Langford's tone is cool too! My Body has some of the nicest features of Dire Straits and Pink Floyd. The light airy instrumentation is a super base for Langford's clean guitar soloing. This is a very seductive track and one that will stick with you. Dream has an easy rock pace with traces of Aerosmith and Marshall Tucker. Nice vocal blending and loose, distorted, rhythm guitar work gives the track a real cool feel. Letter is a hot rocker with heels kicking and slick double stopped guitar riffs smoking off of Langford's guitar and a solid bass run from Kearns holding tight with Fowlkes on drums. Good Guys Win really kicks the pace up a bit ... almost to punk speed... with solid footing and relentless drive. This is a super track with hot riffs and plenty of steam. Wrapping the release is Twisted Rails (Slight Return) which is a cool instrumental rumble breaking from rick to a low slung blues. Very nice!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

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

I just received the newest release, Anthology, from Too Slim and the Taildraggers and it's really a great selection of tracks including 3 new songs. Opening with Wishing Well, a pure contemporary blues rocker, Langford not only shows his capability as a songwriter but also as a really tasty guitar player. Last Train has a twinge of country and cool feel with nice splashes of guitar... a feel of Dire Straits. Tim Langford handles vocals and guitar; Tom Hambridge, drums and backing vocal; Bob Britt, guitar; Tommy MacDonald, bass and Jon Coleman, keys. Stoned Again, a cool rocker along the lines of "Are You Ready For The Country" is awash with fat slide work. Cool track. Wash My Hands, a fast boogie rocker, has really cool double plucked guitar lead. Possibly my favorite track on the release. All out piano boogie driven by Langford on rippin guitar is a solid rocker and tough to beat. Excellent! Walk On Water is a country funk track with some cool changes and again tasty guitar riffs. When You Love Somebody is probably the most radio ready track from this band with almost an AC/DC feel but a cooler country rock edge. Very nice! Wish I Was Fishin is a low slung blues number with a twist. I really appreciate the subtle guitar work by Langford on this track as well as most of the rest of the release. It's something that I hadn't caught in the past. Wrapping the first CD is She See's Ghosts, a blues rocker with a some cool sidetracks. The lyrics are playful and the guitar work stinging. Very nice! Curtis Salgado adds supple lead vocals on Everybody's Got Something, a simple ballad with a cool rhythm and backing vocals. Blue Heart has a "Help Me" style with a definite updated feel. I really like it. Un noted harp work on this track is not unnoticed. The artistically rendered LaLlorona is an excellent acoustic resonator track with a Spanish flair. Likely my favorite track on this CD. Excellent! Good To See You Smile Again features Jimmy Hall, one of my contemporary male vocalists. Langford cuts loose with full out electric blues guitar riffs on this track making it easily a favorite among blues lovers. Peace With The Maker has a country swagger but retains a blues rock feel. A mix of Tom Petty and the Outlaws eaten by an alligator. I really like Throw Me A Rope which has a contemporary country rock favor (alt country). Not pop country but serious country/rock. It's a ballad through and through with twin guitar leads but a lot of flavor. Slow blues The Light features Lauren Evans on vocals. The female vocals against Billy Gibbons like guitar riffs makes this another serious contender for top track on the release. Excellent! Sliding into a smooth jazz beat, Too Cool finds Langford and the boys playing chords and brushes. A very Ronnie Earl flavored track and a very "cool" track. Bucerius is a slick guitar instrumental ballad with lead guitar melody. The release is wrapped by Princeville Serenade, another instrumental track contrasting rhythm mandolin against acoustic slide lead. An excellent completion of an exceptional anthology.  

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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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Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Releases From David Egan, Kirsten Thien, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, and RB Stone

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DAVID EGAN ~ DAVID EGAN

"This cat looks like a cross between Dave Van Ronk and R. Crumb. He sings, plays and writes like
Mose Allison in his prime and it feels unintentional, like it was something in the water as opposed
to a mannered copy. He’s got loads of high tone songwriting credits but has chosen to pound
the ivories in Shreveport roadhouses, not even bothering to kick it out in Nawlins.
One of those heaviest-cats-you-never-heard-of kind of cats, this disc is a non-stop, no fat, great time. Easily as Americana as The Band, this set might color outside the lines but it isn’t outsider music. Killer stuff from start to finish, it’s time for this legend to take root." Midwest Record


KIRSTEN THIEN ~ SOLO LIVE FROM THE MEISENFREI BLUES CLUB

"A snapshot. A moment in time. A work in progress.
Alchemy. Intended, not planned.
Imperfections I can live with and learn from.
Circumstances that brought me here. Love that carried me through.
Friendship fostered by music. Music fostered by friendship.
A room full of willing souls.
These are the elements that make up this record. A snapshot." Kirsten Thien



TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS ~ BLUE HEART

"If it is possible to be a natural- born guitarist, Langford fits the description."
Vintage Guitar


RB STONE ~ LOOSEN UP!

"RB Stone lives in his own kick-ass roadhouse, where the songs rock you from side to side
and the words bite back at you. This is the true originality of a renegade spirit."
Michael Kinsman



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Monday, June 27, 2011

Shiver - Too Slim and the Taildraggers


This is a pretty interesting recording of blues influenced rock music. Lots of riffs, lots of grease and lots of rock. It's not a rip off of Foghat, SRV or ZZ Top. It's got it's own sound. The vocals are fitting and the groove keeps you going. If you dig the rock blues sound with a dash of tex and greasy guitar, this may be a good choice.