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Blues for EB

  • 1. Uranium Rock
    2. Girl Like Mine, A
    3. Have to Let You Go
    4. You & Me
    5. Bad Boy
    6. One More Shot
    7. Blues for Eb
    8. Waitin' for the Sun to Shine
    9. Drinkin' Blues
    10. Nothin' But Trouble
    11. My Load
    12. Tiger Love & Turnip Greens
    13. Killin' Me
    14. Dollar Girls
    15. Comin' Home
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 28

  • Credits
    ProducerTerry Currier
    EngineerMike Moore

    Personnel includes: Too Slim, Chris Mercer, Curtis Salgado.
    Too Slim & the Taildraggers: Tim Langford (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Tom Brimm (bass instrument); John Cage (drums, congas, background vocals).
    Personnel: Curtis Salgado (vocals, harmonica); Too Slim (guitar); Chris Mercer (saxophone); Peter Boe (piano, organ); D.K. Stewart (piano); Terry Currier (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Terry Currier; Too Slim & the Taildraggers.
    Recording information: Dead Aunt Thelma's Studio, Portland, OR; Dear Aunt Thelma's Studio, Portland, OR.
    This 1997 release by Too Slim & the Taildraggers is chock-full of the wide-ranging spectrum of blues in its plethora of styles as done by this fun group in their own inimitable fashion. The thing that always seems to come through on this group's discs is their love of playing. This band is rooted in the blues, but they are not confined to any one style of playing, and the wide-roaming influences of non-commercial radio expose wider and wider varieties of music which burst out all over this disc. A brief sampling of the styles shows that you've got the rockabilly swing of "Uranium Blues," and the Chicago sound of "A Girl Like Mine," and the New Orleans-influenced, Caribbean-inflected rhythms of "Have to Let You Go." Their version of the old Duane Eddy/Lee Hazlewood tune "Tiger Love and Turnip Greens" has some excellent country-style picking and shows how far afield this group can range and still come out sounding good. One might question how much of this is played well with such wide variety; this band can stand and play toe to toe with bands that come from any particular genre. They have their licks down and play them with all the verve and intensity that any good band has. They have a strong foundation in blues and are able to rock & roll with any other group that has similar roots in any of these broad categories. Tim Langford (guitarist, aka Too Slim) and Thomas C. Brimm (bass) wrote ten of the 15 cuts, each of which can stand on its own. Particularly touching is "Blues for Eb," a song of tribute and love to an inspiration for this album. There are times the singing begins to fall a bit short, as on "Killing Me," but the playing never falters. This is a great group to put on and watch the miles float by on the highway, as there is always some mighty good playing and energy to keep you going. ~ Bob Gottlieb

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