Too Slim and the Taildraggers

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Too Slim and the Taildraggers
Origin Spokane, Washington, United States
Genres Blues rock
Years active 1986–present
Labels Burnside, Underworld
Website www.tooslim.org
Members Tim "Too Slim" Langford
Robert Kearns
Jeffrey "Shakey" Fowlkes
Past members Polly O'Keary
Tommy Cook
Tom Brimm
John Cage
Dave Nordstrom
Greg Pendleton

Too Slim and the Taildraggers is an American blues rock band formed in 1986 in Spokane, Washington, United States.[1] The band has had six albums peak in the top 10 of the Billboard Top Blues Albums. Members currently consist of Tim "Too Slim" Langford (lead vocals, guitar), Robert Kearnes (bass, vocals) and Jeffrey "Shakey" Fowlkes (drums). The band is located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

To date, Too Slim and the Taildraggers have released 14 studio albums and five live albums. The Fortune Teller (2007), Free Your Mind (2009), Shiver (2011), Blue Heart (2013), and Blood Moon (2016) all charted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top Blues Albums, peaking at numbers 9, 5, 9, 3, and 6 respectively.[2]

Awards[edit]

The Inland Empire Blues Society named the band "Best Blues Band" for four consecutive years, from 1995-1998, while the albums Swamp Opera and Blues for EB were also named Best Albums.[1] The Cascade Blues Association named them "Best Regional Band" for 11 consecutive years, 1995-1999.[1]

Washington State Blues Society awarded Too Slim and the Taildraggers the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012; Shiver was nominated for the category Rock Blues Album at the Blues Music Awards in the same year.[3][4]

Membership[edit]

Current members[edit]

Name Instrument
Tim "Too Slim" Langford Lead vocals, guitar
Zach Kasik Bass, vocals
Jeffrey "Shakey" Fowlkes Drums

Past members[edit]

Name Instrument
Eric Hanson Bass, Vocals[5]
E. Scott Esbeck Bass, Vocals[6]
Polly O' Keary Bass,Vocals[7]
Tommy Cook Drums[7]
Zach T. Cooper Drums[8]
Dave Nordstrom Bass, Vocals[8]
Greg Pendleton Sax[9]
John Cage Drums[10]
Bill Bancroft Drums[9]
Tom Brimm Bass[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
US
Blues
US
Heatseekers
1988 Swingin in the Underworld x x
1990 Rock 'em Dead x x
1992 El Rauncho Grundgé x
1995 Swamp Opera x
1997 Blues for EB
2000 King Size Troublemakers
2003 Tales of Sin and Redemption
2007 The Fortune Teller 9
2009 Free Your Mind 5
2011 Shiver 9
2013 Blue Heart 3 37
2014 Anthology
2016 Blood Moon 6
2018 High Desert Heat 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist.

Live albums[edit]

Title Year
Wanted Live! 1994
Bootleg Series Vol. 1 1999
Goin' Public 2002
Beer & Barbecue Chips 2005
Time To Live 2007

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Year
Lucky 13 2005
Anthology 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Seida, Linda. "Too Slim & the Taildraggers Biography". AllMusic). Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Too Slim & the Taildraggers Charts & Awards". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Blues Foundation Announces 2012 Blues Music Award Nominees - American Blues Scene Magazine". American Blues Scene Magazine. 2011-12-13. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  4. ^ "What Happened at the Blues Music Awards 2012?". About.com Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Too Slim & The Taildraggers | Blue Mountain Artists". Bmatours.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Too Slim drags his tail to Moscow". Inland 360. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Interview with Pacific Northwest bassist Polly O'Keary - catchy songs, scorching vocals and riotous bass". blues.gr. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  8. ^ a b "Blues Underground Network (Featuring Too Slim and the Taildraggers)". Bluesundergroundnetwork.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  9. ^ a b "Spokane Chronicle - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  10. ^ a b Scruggs, Joey (April 1999). ""I Did It My Way": An Interview with Too Slim Langford". Cascade Blues Association. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 

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