I first became aware of Tim “Too Slim” Langford when he and the Taildraggers played Kitchener Blues Fest 2013. I heard them on the radio and immediately called in. My comment was that it sounded like “dirty ZZ blues”, and that’s still a suitable description. Gravelly vocals, references to the “muddy Mississippi”, and bluesy electric guitar licks definitely put them in that category. The Blue Heart album was recorded in Nashville but this is electric blues!
Whether you like it blastin’ loud (“Wash My Hands”) or slow & miserable (“Minutes Seem Like Hours”), Too Slim has something for the electric blues fan in you. There’s some honkin’ harmonica on “Blue Heart” to go with the greasy guitar.
Mixing rock and blues is a very precise science. Too much rock and it turns to cheese. Too Slim has a recipe here that works. Blue Heart is a great sounding CD, crisp and edgy. The song titles say it all. “When Whiskey Was My Friend” is a colourful title that should paint a picture of what it sounds like. Dig into the energy, feel the pain and rock your blues away.
Best track: “If You Broke My Heart”. Blazing hot and cool as ice!
This was a 200 word review in the tradition of the #200wordchallenge.