Too Slim & the Taildraggers
“When a guy who has been grinding up the road for three decades tells you that life is a tough battle but still, and always, worth fighting with everything you’ve got, you best believe him. If the vocals aren’t enough to convince you then the unstoppable rhythm section will give you something to hold on to until you’re rested and ready for your next battle.” –Rock and Blues Muse
Perennial Winthrop favorite Too Slim and the Taildraggers returns to the festival this year, continuing a long streak as the group that has played the festival more than any other. Tim “Too Slim” Langford is a monster guitarist and blues rocker and a prolific singer/songwriter with an impressive 14 studio albums, two solo albums and five live albums to his credit. The most recent album, The Remedy, is the latest giant step in the evolution of their contemporary blues/rock sound that has been described as “Straight Whiskey Blues with a Southern Rock Beer Chaser.”
Awards and recognition have piled up like Eastern Washington snow over the years. The latest release, The Remedy, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart in 2020. Their 2018 release High Desert Heat was nominated for Blues Rock Album of the Year by the Blues Foundation at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. High Desert Heat also charted on the Billboard Top Blues Album chart for 11 weeks. Their 2016 release Blood Moon was voted Blues Rock Album of the Year at the 2016 Jimi Awards and was also nominated for Blues Rock Album of the year at the 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards. Blood Moon reached #6 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart in 2016. Their 2014 release Anthology was voted #1 Blues Album of the Year by Blues Matters Writers Poll in 2015. The 2013 release Blue Heart rose to #3 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart and was nominated for Rock/Blues Album of the Year at the 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards.
Too Slim and the Taildraggers’ high-voltage blues-rock has been thrilling audiences for years. The band’s ever evolving musical direction cannot easily be classified into any box or category. Tim “Too Slim” Langford has received Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame awards by three Northwest blues societies, as well as more than 40 regional and national music awards. After more than 30 years of knocking it out of the park on recordings and stages across the world, Too Slim and the Taildraggers show no sign of slowing down. It wouldn’t be a Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival without them!