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Alberta Rose Theatre
at the corner of NE Alberta and NE 30th Ave. 3000 NE Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211
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Nominated for a Blues Music Award for Rock Blues Album of the Year, Too Slim returns to Portland with some very special guests including Joe Doria on Hammond B3 organ and Peter Dammann on guitar. Lloyd Jones opens the show.

Too Slim & The Taildraggers

Tim “Too Slim” Langford, with his band the Taildraggers, have created an eclectic style of blues and rock that has become a genre all its own. Too Slim‘s ever evolving musical direction cannot be classified into any box or category. The eclectic nature of the band allows Too Slim and the Taildraggers to easily crossover and appeal to audiences of various musical tastes.

Experiencing a Too Slim and the Taildraggers‘ concert is like taking a journey through the history of American music. Too Slim’s style ranges from down-home blues, funky blues rock, Americana, southern swamp rock, and instrumental guitar styles. The band, led by singer, songwriter and guitarist, Tim Langford, is backed by the top-shelf rhythm section of Polly O’Keary on bass and vocals and Tommy Cook on drums and vocals.

Free Your Mind, the previous studio release by Too Slim and the Taildraggers, charted as high #5 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart in 2009. The bands 2007 CD The Fortune Teller charted as high as #9 on the Billboard Top Blues Album chart in 2007 & 2008. The Fortune Teller was also nominated for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” in the 2008 Blues Blast Music Awards in Chicago, IL. This award-winning band has been voted the Best Regional Act 11 times by the Cascade Blues Association, the largest organization of its kind in the US. Too Slim has won multiple individual awards as Best Guitarist, Best Slide Guitarist, and Best Songwriter and the band are in the Hall of Fame in three NW blues societies. Their devoted fan base has grown over the years into a national and international following. Too Slim and the Taildraggers music was also featured in two MTV series “Road Rules” and the "Real World.”

Too Slim and the Taildraggers are headliners at theaters, festivals, and concert stages. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Bo Diddley, Brian Setzer, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Sheperd, .38 Special, Robert Cray, Otis Rush, Jeff Healey, Ted Nugent, Los Lobos, Lonnie Mack, Blue Oyster Cult, Heart, Travis Tritt, Junior Brown, Gatemouth Brown, Neil McCoy, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Steppenwolf, Johnny and Edgar Winter.

*Lloyd Jones *

Portland roots artist Lloyd Jones has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. He’s a relentless road dog, hitting festival stages, Delbert’s annual Sandy Beaches Cruises (he’s been a regular on six winter cruises), and clubs all across the land to enthusiastic crowds who can’t get enough of his swampy blues, his backporch picking, his serious-as-anthrax funk, soul, roadhouse two-beats, and old-school rhythm and blues (back before the R&B tag was somehow appropriated for other musical purposes, apparently when we weren’t looking). Yet he may be the most invisible, best-kept roots/blues/Americana secret on the contemporary scene.

Jones is a master of the soulful understatement, the raw growl, and the groove. From his roots in muddy Oregon soil, he’s forged a 30-plus-year career as an impassioned singer and fierce guitar slinger, a clever and soulful songwriter, a bandleader, record producer, and an almost strident torchbearer for all that’s true and good about America’s music. Jones is his own true artist who works diligently at pushing American roots music forward.

What he does, he says, is “combine New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music, and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century. This music is not about louder and faster. It’s about time, meter, groove. I thought Muddy and Walter and those guys were pushing the envelope in their era. They were using effects, they were inventing their own sound. They were modern. I want to look at it in a contemporary way.” The gist is all the same — Lloyd Jones is the total package.

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