Too Slim and the Taildraggers: The Remedy Review

The Remedy is the fifteenth studio album from Too Slim and the Taildraggers, the powerhouse trio fronted by guitarist/vocalist Tim “Too Slim” Langford. The follow up to their 2019 Blues Rock Award nominated High Desert Heat stands alone in incredible drive and blues rock energy. Slim’s monster guitar work evokes the styles of Billy Gibbons, Duane Allman, George Thorogood, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and many more. The potpourri of blues, blues rock, and Americana rock incorporates an incredible drive. The rhythm section never quits yet always changes it up.

The album’s opener, “Last Last Chance,” gets the excitement going immediately. The rocker distinctly sets itself in the late 60s to early 70s arena fueled by so many pioneers of the day. From Chuck Berry and Keith Richards to Seger and Springsteen. The hard driving riff in “She’s Got the Remedy” takes it to a harder place. It hooks the listener immediately. The lethargic trance continues throughout the song. Then the band soars off into Texas blues mode in “Devil’s Hostage.” This track would surely appease fans of that li’l ol’ band from Texas. “Reckless” drives along in a potent Bo Diddley rhythm. Ten diverse originals and a sliding cover of Elmore James’ “Sunnyland Train” make up this fine album.

The Remedy is everything in the Too Slim and the Taildraggers’ spectrum, one that’s been described as “straight whiskey blues with a southern rock beer chase.” That’s a tad tilted for a band originally from Spokane, Washington. But it’s a spirited and versatile sound no matter how it’s described. And most importantly, it keeps getting better with each release.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– She’s Got the Remedy
– Devil’s Hostage
– Reckless
– Keep the Party Rollin’
– Platinum Junky

The Big Hit

– She’s Got the Remedy

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

Brian D Holland

Brian D Holland is a music journalist, author, and musician. He has written for many former and present music magazines, both online and in print, including Modern Guitars, Guitar International, Blues Review, Premier Guitar, Blues Music Magazine, EQ Magazine, Ultimate Guitar, Boston Blues Society, Blues Blast, and Blues Rock Review. He also has many short stories and a novel in publication. Brian and his wife Nancy have two grown children and one grandson.

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