Too Slim & The Taildraggers | Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2024
8 p.m.
Cost: $25
3000 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

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Tim “Too Slim“ Langford is a monster guitarist and unabashed
blues rocker whose influences run the gamut from Lightnin’ Hopkins,
 Freddy King, Duane Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Robin
 Trower. He is a prolific singer/songwriter whose songs have yielded an impressive fourteen studio albums, two solo albums and several live CDs on the Vizztone and his own Underworld Records labels. Too Slim and the Taildraggers are Tim “Too Slim" Langford on guitar/vocals, Zach Kasik on bass/vocals and Chris Reiser on drums/vocals. Too Slim and the Taildraggers' 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 from three Northwest blues societies,
as well as more than 40 regional and national music awards.

The son of a traveling bass player and singer, Johnny “Wheels” Kennicott had music in his blood since birth, but expressing himself musically took on new importance when Johnny broke his neck in a childhood accident, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Though his father’s instrument of choice and his early passion for playing drums were now out due to limited function, Johnny found, through determined trial and error, that he could manipulate his paralyzed diaphragm to not only sing but also blow the harmonica. Since that time, Johnny has been traveling the Pacific Northwest music scene, spreading the gospel of the blues. Collectively, the band hails from Oregon, Texas and California and is typically tagged as a Blues band, although the diversity of the members’ musical backgrounds becomes evident as the worlds of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk and Rock are blended under a Blues umbrella.