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Too Slim and the Taildraggers from Washington Seattle
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Although generally lumped into the blues-rock arena, Tim "Too Slim" Langford and his band fall into whatever category a combination of Tom Petty, Creedence and ZZ Top would create. Perhaps swampy Americana is closer to the trio's sound, especially on this terrific album. Slim's been at it for quite a while; nearly two decades, yielding a dozen or so releases when this disc appeared in 2007. But that hard work has paid off, big time. Langford writes melodies and especially lyrics that show him to be an under the radar talent who has gone unnoticed for too long. Vocally his gruff voice is somewhat similar to Top's Billy Gibbons and this album is a good example of what that Texas band might have sounded like if they hadn't cheesed out with synths and dance pop in the '80s. Its bluesy swagger on the simple but energetic T. Rex styled boogie of "She Gives Me Money" and the greasy sex of "Baby Likes to Ride" are remarkably effective due to Slim's suggestive vocals on the latter ("she don't like no automatic, gotta be a stick") combined with his slithery slide guitar and the band's in the pocket backing. Meanwhile, Slim's smooth yet edgy slide playing also kicks "Spell on Me" up a few notches. There seem to be a few subtle overdubs but most of the album connects with just the three piece working through arrangements that make the most of the trio's abilities. At six minutes, "Givers and Takers" is the disc's longest cut and its most philosophical. Here Slim resigns himself to a world of "total disregard for other people's needs" played against a mid-tempo groove, aided by guest Oleg Schramm's dramatic organ fills, that heats up as the song winds on. He returns on the closing tune, this time playing a stark accordion that makes the already melancholy "Lonesome Alone" even more heartfelt and moving. While there is plenty of boogie, Slim's evocative words and distinctive growling vocals bring surprising introspective depth to music that could easily deteriorate to bar band grind status. This album is several levels above that. Even with all the miles already on Slim's life odometer, there is plenty of gas left in his tank. His journeyman experience makes these songs resonate more passionately than what's on the surface and connect on a deeper level.


BY: Hal Horowitz


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  "Free Your Mind" by Too Slim and the Taildraggers (Rock Artist from Washington(WA))
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 10 Nov 2009 06:13 PM

RadioIndy is pleased to present Too Slim and the Taildraggers with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Free Your Mind "

With their 10th studio album, titled “Free Your Mind”, the roots-rockers of Too Slim and the Taildraggers deliver an album deserving of a broader recognition than the semi-legendary regional status the band has garnered as a live-circuit fixture in their area. Leader Tim “Too Slim” Langford has mixed classic rock with R&B sensibilities as the Taildraggers more than ably provide a powerhouse ensemble backing on the 11 original compositions. Setting the tone with both his raspy vocals and fiery guitar work, Too Slim exhorts redemption on the slow rocker “Peace With the Maker,” does battle with his demons on the blues-rock stomp of “Been Through Hell,” and mines the depths of the times on the charged, minor-key gem, “Last Train.” With the help of a talented trio of female singers, “Free Your Mind,” while relying on a roots-rock vernacular, otherwise transcends easy categorization. The accoutrements are classic guitar-stoked rock, but the individual songs make this album less a product of a genre or type than a fully-realized rock statement. For a band whose recording career spans almost 20 years, it is no less accomplished than what you would expect, and the grit & polish of Too Slim & the Taildraggers’ “Free your Mind” will be enjoyed by fans of Tom Petty and ZZ Top.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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  "Free Your Mind" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 25 Jun 2009 07:53 PM

With their 10th studio album, titled “Free Your Mind”, the roots-rockers of Too Slim and the Taildraggers deliver an album deserving of a broader recognition than the semi-legendary regional status the band has garnered as a live-circuit fixture in their area. Leader Tim “Too Slim” Langford has mixed classic rock with R&B sensibilities as the Taildraggers more than ably provide a powerhouse ensemble backing on the 11 original compositions. Setting the tone with both his raspy vocals and fiery guitar work, Too Slim exhorts redemption on the slow rocker “Peace With the Maker,” does battle with his demons on the blues-rock stomp of “Been Through Hell,” and mines the depths of the times on the charged, minor-key gem, “Last Train.” With the help of a talented trio of female singers, “Free Your Mind,” while relying on a roots-rock vernacular, otherwise transcends easy categorization. The accoutrements are classic guitar-stoked rock, but the individual songs make this album less a product of a genre or type than a fully-realized rock statement. For a band whose recording career spans almost 20 years, it is no less accomplished than what you would expect, and the grit & polish of Too Slim & the Taildraggers’ “Free your Mind” will be enjoyed by fans of Tom Petty and ZZ Top.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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  TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS: Free Your Mind
POSTED BY: radioindy POSTED ON: 07 Jun 2009 01:04 AM

TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS: Free Your Mind

 TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS: Free Your Mind

 Langfords guitar work is diverse and powerful with a style somewhat suggestive of what John Fogerty might have ended up  sounding like if he had been fed a steady diet of Hendrix as a child.

 Recommended if you like Tom Petty, ZZ Top, John Fogerty. CD price: $12.97



  Too Slim and the Taildraggers on Billboard chart
POSTED BY: Too Slim POSTED ON: 18 Apr 2008 02:42 PM

Issue Date: 2008-04-19
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ChartTitle, Artist
Imprint | Catalog No. | Distributing LabelPeak 
Position11167The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Vol. 1, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble  
Legacy/Epic 81511 | Sony BMG | 18.9812224Mess Of Blues, Jeff Healey  
Ruf 1126 | 16.98234322Solos, Sessions & Encores, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends  
Legacy/Epic 87321 | Sony BMG | 18.98146510Roll Away, Back Door Slam  
Blix Street 10087 | 16.98455411Hernando, North Mississippi Allstars  
Songs Of The South 006* | 15.9816373Get Onboard, Eric Bibb  
Telarc Blues 83675 | Telarc | 17.98377633Sloe Gin, Joe Bonamassa  
J & R Adventures 60283 | 17.9818RE-ENTRY5Live, B.B. King  
Geffen 009770 | UMe | 13.9819131258Black Snake Moan, Soundtrack  
New West 6105 | 16.9811011116310 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads, Kenny Wayne Shepherd  
Reprise 49294* | Warner Bros. | 25.98 CD/DVD111RE-ENTRY4Live, Anthony Gomes  
Ruf 1136 | 16.981129149Recapturing The Banjo, Otis Taylor  
Telarc Blues 83667 | Telarc | 17.986131285Blood Brothers, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King  
Alligator 4920 | 16.9841414912Raisin' A Ruckus, Roomful Of Blues  
Alligator 4919 | 16.98615RE-ENTRY8The Fortune Teller, Too Slim And The Taildraggers  
UnderWorld 0013 | 14.989





  "The Fortune Teller" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 17 May 2008 03:39 PM
"The Fortune Teller" by Too Slim and The Taildraggers is a dirty alternative rock album with a flavorful southern flair. The songs tell stories and the guitars are big and raunchy. The sound has an instant listen-ability, and you will find yourself singing along to the well-layered choruses. These guys don't just stick to the basics though. Each song has its own unique identity, personality, and instrumental variance. All the while, the band still manages to adhere to a ‘signature sound’ throughout. Highlights include "Mexico," with its standout lead and backup vocals, and its interesting and innovative addition of steel drums. "She Gives Me Money" features a fantastic slide guitar riff and nice throaty vocals. "Spell On Me" has a catchy beat, more good slide guitar and a slithery feel. If you like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Stevie Ray Vaughan, you'll like this one.
-William and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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