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Too Slim and the Taildraggers – Fortune Teller


Whiskey blues with a southern rock beer chaser!

Too Slim and the Taildraggers recently released their 14th album, Fortune Teller. Despite numerous best-of awards and hall of fame inductions from three Blues societies, this was my first encounter with them. There seems to be a lot of Internet chatter about these guys in the blues genre. Personally, I don’t hear it on Fortune Teller. Fortune Teller is a straight forward rock and roll record that mingles seamlessly between southern, swamp rock, Americana, and even a slight calypso-ish sound in Mexico. In the cd booklet Too Slim says that the making of this cd was a very difficult process. You certainly can not tell that from listening to the album. Fortune Teller is a great “sitting on the front porch with some friends drinking whiskey” album, and I say that having test driven it on just such an occasion. This cd will appeal to fans of Skynyrd, The Drive-By Truckers, and electric blues acts such as the North Mississippi All-stars. I really look forward to diving deeper into Too Slim’s more bluesy back catalogue and you can look for them to be featured on ninebullets more in the future.

A quick note about the title track, Fortune Teller. Apparently it is based on a true story about Too Slim having a ┬ôstrange encounter┬ö with a real fortune teller named Yogi, in a town square in Oslo, Norway, who seemed to know too much of Too Slim’s past and present for comfort. Turns out he was equally accurate in the future area as well. Say’s Tim Langford, “It was quite unnerving. My conversations with Yogi led to some serious life changing decisions for me. I know it sounds like I am making this up, but I promise you, it really happened.”

Too Slim and the Taildraggers - Fortune Teller     

Too Slim and the Taildraggers - Big Guns     

Too Slim and the Taildraggers - Cowboy Boot     

Too Slim and the Taildraggers’ Official Site, Too Slim and the Taildraggers on myspace, Buy Fortune Teller

4 Comments

  1. April 27, 2007    

    Nine Bullets, thanks for taking the time to listen to our music.I hope we can get back to Florida soon.
    Best wishes ,Too Slim

  2. Joe in Montana Joe in Montana
    October 22, 2007    

    Fairly “spot on” review there, Mr. Bullets. Another venue where The Fortune Teller goes down real easy is listening to it on a fairly long drive. Up here in MT, it’s a fair distance between many of our towns so good windshield time music is a must. The Fortune Teller is a HOME RUN in that department.

    Fire up the rig, throw this baby in and get ready to put some smiles in the miles, baby…

    NOTE: As of today, The Fortune Teller hit #9 on the Blues charts. That’s not doin’ too bad for road dog Blues guys like Tim and the boys. Congrats to them on the hard work finally payin’ off a little.

  3. November 8, 2007    

    Hello webmaster…Man i love reading your blog, interesting posts ! it was a great Thursday

  4. November 30, 2007    

    I learned how to play guitar by jamming along with my BB King albums!! BB King is a national TREASURE. Thanks for the music BB. Too Slim

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