Too Slim and the Taildraggers set to rock North Routt on Saturday
July 12, 2013
North Routt — Tim "Too Slim" Langford knows success.
He's made the Billboard blues charts more than 20 times with his past four releases making the top 10.
His latest album, "Blue Heart," debuted at No. 9 on the chart, marking the first time Langford and his band, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, have done that.
But even Langford knows change is good.
So in October, Langford uprooted from Seattle and moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he recorded his new album and hired a new band in Nashville.
"I was scared going into it," Langford said Wednesday from outside Nashville. "I hadn't met any of the players. Tom Hambridge played drums and produced the album. I didn't know what to think when I went in. Once they hit the down beat, my nerves were calmed. I knew it was going to be OK."
Too Slim and the Taildraggers brings its bluesy rock to North Routt on Saturday. The band plays at 8 p.m. at Hahn's Peak Roadhouse. Tickets are $10 in advance at All That Jazz or the Roadhouse and $15 at the door.
"We figured, let's get them up in the woods and play for us," said Larry McCoy, who booked the band. "They keep coming back, I believe, because they have so much fun."
Langford isn't foreign to the area. He played the North Routt Music Festival in 2010 and did another show there in 2008.
The sound hasn't changed a ton, but Langford admitted that getting out of the Pacific Northwest to a more centrally located place was instrumental in growing the band.
He started it in 1986 in Spokane, Wash. Playing in the area during the rise of grunge made the music scene pop.
"I was playing many of the same clubs that the whole grunge scene was," he said. "The whole Seattle scene was a very healthy scene. We worked all the time. If you wanted to see live music, you could. Any night of the week, we'd have a great crowd."
As the band grew, so did the audience.
Langford said he's probably played about every town in Washington state, but it was time for a move. With the Nashville music scene resembling Seattle’s in the 1990s, Langford has the opportunity to grow an audience along the East Coast.
With the new album, it's apparent he still can rock. The blues still are there, and the man was born to tickle a guitar.
Working in Nashville with Hambridge, who has produced records for Buddy Guy and George Thorogood, an edgier sound is apparent. Langford called the sound, with some Southern outlaw in it, "a little swampier or greasier."
But it's still got the blues and still got Langford on guitar.
"This is something I've really wanted to do for a long time," he said. "There is an element where we can take it anywhere and keep our ears open. It's fun. We can keep the arrangements loose. We're not locked into sounding exactly like the record."
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