2020 – Vizztone
By Phillip Smith; June 06, 2020
Tim Langford (aka Too Slim) has hit the studio once again with fellow Taildraggers Zach Kasik (bass, banjo, guitar, vocals) and Jeff “Shakey” Fowlkes (drums, percussion, vocals), returning with yet another outstanding album. The Remedy is comprised of eleven songs. Ten of those are originals with the writing evenly split between Langford and Kasik. Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Kasik at his Wild Feather Recording studio in Nashville, the album features special guests Sheldon “Bent Reed” Ziro, Jason Ricci, and Richard “Rosy” Rosenblatt.
Too Slim tells the story of a volatile relationship in “Last Last Chance”, lacing the song with country-fried boogie and irresistible guitar licks. Kasik takes the mic and steps into the spotlight on “She’s Got the Remedy”. This killer song washes ashore with a steady hypnotic riff and a Pearl Jam vibe. “Keep the Party Rolling” is plumb fantastic. Langford rips it up on this phenomenal Texas-style blues anthem as Ziro belts smoldering blasts of harp. Shakey holds nothing back as he hammers out a heavy tantalizing beat. It sounds great. Their cover of Elmore James’ “Sunnyland Train” is a delight to hear indeed. Too Slim’s slide guitar is outstanding as usual. In western gunslinger fashion, Kasik breaks out the banjo and spins a wonderfully ominous tale with “Sure Shot”. It’s always a treat to hear Jason Ricci perform. The harp licks he throws down on the “Platinum Junkie” hit with hat-dropping precision. I love how this Kasik-penned song coolly walks the line between blues and funk. In a provocative John Fogerty-style, Too Slim takes an up-close, hard look at the current political situation in “Think About That”. Rosenblatt brings his harp for a guest appearance on this deliciously swampy song.
Too Slim and the Taildraggers remain one of my favorite bands as they continue to stay on point. This new batch of songs in The Remedy is fresh, poignant, and fearlessly packed with that punch which Too Slim delivers oh so well.
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