Too Slim And The Taildraggers review…May 8, 2018….

TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS

HIGH DESERT HEAT

UNDERWORLD/VIZZTONE RECORDS  VT-UW-01

TIME HAS COME TODAY–TROUBLE–BROKEN WHITE LINE–STORIES TO TELL–ONE STEP AT A TIME–WHAT YOU SAID–RUN AWAY–A LITTLE MORE TRUE–LAY DOWN YOUR GUN–HIGH DESERT HEAT

We’ve been fans of Too Slim (Tim Langford) And The Taildraggers since the beginning of their career, and they never disappoint us for a fiery set of no-frills blues-rock.  “High Desert Heat” is their latest, from Vizztone Records.  This set of all-original material, save for one outstanding cover, was laid down over at The Switchyard in Music City, with Tim and wife Nancy serving as executive producers.  Along with Too Slim on vocals and guitar we have Shakey Fowlkes on drums, Zach Kasik on bass and vocals, and special guest, and another of our long-time blues acquaintances, Sheldon “Bent Reed” Ziro on the harp.

Life is always full of choices and subsequent consequences, and those are spelled out in the “one hit for pleasure, two hits for pain” story of “every wrong turn,” and “every lie told,” that “Broken White Line.”  It is full of enticing wah-wah for authenticity, too.  “One Step At A Time” visits the opposite view of the previous song, as Slim urges us all to realize that we’re “doin’ the best we can,” and, “everybody gets the blues sometimes,” but you gotta stay on an even keel.   “A Little More True” finds our hero in a reflective mood, realizing that “I’m gonna pay for every heart I break,” but vows to “come back wiser, and A Little More True.”  The set closes with one of Slim’s signature waaay-cool instrumentals, this one the title cut, a twangler-fest that’s just begging for The Man With No Name to step out from behind a tombstone and restore order to the Old West.

We had two favorites, and they opened the set.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better, bluesier remake of the Chambers Brothers’ iconic “Time Has Come Today,” with its legendary lyric, “I might get burned up by the sun, but I’ve had my fun!”  And, the fellows lay down a plumb nasty South Side, Jr. Wells-ish  funk groove on “Trouble is my shadow,” this one featuring  Spring Hill, TN’s most outstanding harp blaster, Sheldon Ziro!

Too Slim And The Taildraggers take classic blues themes and give them a rocked-out,  edgy bite.  Add in killer songs that will give listeners many points to ponder, and you can see that they bring that “High Desert Heat” to this set!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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