Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Too Slim and the Taildraggers - Blue Heart

This is the blues laid down thicker than Mississippi mud after a flood.
Originally from Spokane, Washington, far from the cotton fields, Tim “Too Slim” Langford built a loyal international following on the strength of 11 studio and four live albums. Recently relocated to Nashville, the slashing slide and lead guitarist, ferocious singer and streetwise composer of exceptionally hard hitting lyrics.
Too Slim and the Taildraggers latest release 'Blue Heart' release date June 18th on Underwood Records is nine originals and two covers featuring noted producer Tom Hambridge (drums, background vocals), Bob McNelley (guitar), Tommy MacDonald (bass), Reese Wynans (Hammond B-3 organ) and Jimmy Hall (lead vocal, harmonica).
Tim Langford is joined by bassist E. Scott Esbeck (Stone River Boys, Los Straightjackets) and percussionist Jeff "Shakey" Fowlkes (Robert Bradleys Black Water Surprise, Kid Rock, Uncle Kraker) as the newest members of the trio.

Track List:
1. Wash My Hands
2. Minutes Seem Like Hours
3. Blue Heart
4. Make It Sound Happy
5. Good To See You Smile Again
6. When Whiskey Was My Friend
7. If You Broke My Heart
8. New Years Blues
9. Shape Of Blues To Come
10. Preacher
11. Angels Are Back

If Tim “Too Slim” Langford only played slide he would slither around most other blues guitarists and put a ferocious bite on their pride. However, as the sole six-string slinger, main songster and lead singer of the power trio Langford founded in 1986 in Seattle, Washington, he is a total force of nature. Leaving musical tracks for others to try and follow with now 17 albums and countless gigs, he remains as untamed and menacing as ever.

Tim "Too Slim" Langford, together with his band the Taildraggers, has created an eclectic style of blues and rock that has become a genre all its own. The eclectic nature of the band allows them to easily crossover and appeal to audiences of various musical tastes. Experiencing a Too Slim and the Taildraggers‘ concert is like taking a journey through the history of American music. Too Slim’s style ranges from down-home blues, funky blues rock, Americana, southern swamp rock, and instrumental guitar styles.

Now based in Nashville, TN since the fall of 2012, the touring band, led by Langford, is backed by the top-shelf rhythm section of Scott Esbeck on bass and vocals and Jeff "Shakey" Fowlkes on drums and vocals.

The previous release, Shiver, was nominated for a 2012 Blues Music Award in the Rock Blues category. The last three releases have charted 20 plus times in the top 10 on the Billboard blues chart. The band has received Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awards by the Washington Blues Society, the Cascade Blues Association, and the Inland Empire Blues Society. Band Leader Tim Langford has also received numerous Best Band, Best Guitarist, Best Album and Readers Poll Awards from all three blues organizations and NW media.

Tour Dates:
SUN JUN 16 Blues Vespers (Immanuel Presbyterian Church)Tacoma, WA
FRI JUN 28 City Folk FestivalDayton, OH
THU JUL 4 Waterfront Blues FestivalPortland, OR
SUN JUL 7 Thunder Bay BluesfestThunder Bay, ON
THU JUL 11 Zoo BarLincoln, NE
FRI JUL 12 Dillon AmphitheaterDillon, CO
SAT JUL 13 Hahn's Peak Roadhouse
WED JUL 17 Bones BreweryBillings, MN
FRI JUL 19 Winthrop Blues FestivalWinthrop, WA
WED JUL 24 Alive after Five Concert SeriesBoise, ID
SAT JUL 27 Sun and Surf RallyOcean Shores, WA
FRI AUG 2 Tekoa Empire TheaterTekoa, WA
SAT AUG 3 Pine Springs Blues FestivalGoldendale, WA
SUN AUG 4 Private Event Spokane, WA
FRI AUG 9 Kitchener Blues FestKitchener, ON
FRI AUG 16 Private Event Chelan, WA
SUN AUG 18 White Mountain Boogie Festival Thornton, NH
THU AUG 29 Pigout in the Park FestivalSpokane, WA
FRI AUG 30 JazzbonesTacoma, WA
SAT AUG 31 Two Rivers CasinoDavenport, WA
THU OCT 3 Friends of the Blues Series Kankakee, IL
FRI OCT 4 The GaslampDes Moines, IA
SUN OCT 13 Daytona Blues FestivalDaytona Beach, FL

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