Too Slim And The Taildraggers review…June 19, 2014….

TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS

ANTHOLOGY

UNDERWORLD RECORDS   UND 0024

DISC 1:–WISHING WELL–MISSISSIPPI MOON–LAST TRAIN–STONED AGAIN–WASH MY HANDS–THE FORTUNE TELLER–LITTLE GUN MOTEL–WHEN WHISKEY WAS MY FRIEND–WALK ON WATER–GIVERS AND TAKERS–COWBOY BOOT–MEXICO–WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEBODY–DEVIL IN A DOUBLEWIDE–BEEN THROUGH HELL–WISH I WAS FISHIN–SHE SEES GHOSTS

DISC 2:–EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING–BLUE HEART–SHAKING A CUP–DADDIES BONES–LA LLORONA–INSIDE OF ME–GOOD TO SEE YOU SMILE AGAIN–DOLLAR GIRL–THREE CHORDS–LONESOME ALONE–BIG OLE HOUSE–PEACE WITH THE MAKER–THROW ME A ROPE–THE LIGHT–TOO COOL–BUCERIUS–PRINCEVILLE SERENADE

Tim “Too Slim” Langford And The Taildraggers busted onto the scene in a big way from Spokane, WA, back in 1986, and, since that time, they have released eighteen albums and won more awards than you can shake the proverbial stick at, finding themselves in the Halls Of Fame for three different Northwest blues societies.  To celebrate nearly thirty years in the business, he has just released his “Anthology,” a two-disc affair that offers up a generous thirty-four cuts that traces the band from its beginnings to Tim’s current collaborations with some of Nashville’s brest writers and players from the city he now calls home.   Three of the cuts are new, two written by Tim and drummer-producer Tom Hambridge, while the third is written bu Hambridge and Texas bluesman Jim Suhler.

First up is “Wishing Well,” where Tim warns against those false prophets, who offer you a chance to “pay for Heaven, but you go to Hell.”  This one has some cool solos traded off between Tim and one of Nashville’s best, Bob Britt.  “Big Ole House” has Jon Coleman’s haunting piano lines painting a somber picture of “an empty box” since Tim’s lover departed.  And, “Little Gun Motel,” is pure roadhouse boogie about a mythical house of ill repute down on Elvis Presley Boulevard, where, “by the night or by the day, the desk clerk looks the other way!”  Slim’s slide drives this one all the way from Beale to Sixteenth Avenue and back again!

The deep cuts are still as awesome as when we first heard them back in the day.  Check out Slim’s  ode to strippers with the humorous “Dollar Girls,” and the “scary woman with two teeth and two black eyes,” “The Devil Lives In A Double Wide.”  And, two cuts show Slim’s passion for deep, cathartic, guitar-driven  slow-blues, with help from Jimmy Hall y’all on vocals on “Good To See You Smile Again,” and Lauren Evans on a classic plea for for forgiveness and redemption, “The Light.”

Tim “Too Slim” Langford’s current lineup of Taildraggers now includes Stretch Hanson on bass, and Shakey Fowlkes on drums.  Tim is also featured in a photo exhibit at the Nashville International Airport and at the Country Music Hall Of Fame.  His “Anthology” is simply the icing on the cake!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society…

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