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TIM "TOO SLIM" LANGFORD

Broken Halo

2012-07-13

Tim Langford (of Taildraggers) has created his second solo effort. It's a poignant album that weaves stories of women, down-on-their luck musicians, and the homeless, ending with a song of grandma Gracie. Track 1 "La Llorona" is a soulful instrumental electric slide; track 5 "Princeville Serenade" is a sweet little ukele instrumental. "Three Chords" is the best tune on the album. Langford has a style that's simple and straightforward where he lets the melody carry the feeling through his sparse arrangements. "Shaking a Cup" is bluesy but vocally weak. Track 6 "40 Watt Bulb" is a great blues story-song about being a down and out musician. Bring on the fantasy in "Dollar Girl" with Langford's slow syncopated guitar beat - "she dances for me, I think she really likes me" as his dollars disappear. Langford's solo effort Broken Halo resonates the Americana blues style that's developed from his years with the Taildraggers but has allowed him to experiment in a musically intimate manner. - Pam VandeKerkhoff FCC Alert: Track 6 "40 Watt Bulb"

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