May 2, 2012
By Bonita Lawhead
When Too Slim and the Tail Draggers opened their set at the Tekoa Empire Theatre Saturday they faced a nearly full house. The band’s reputation as a blues-rock group had preceded them as they have played in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years.
Tim Langford, Tommy Cook on drums and Polly O’Keary on bass and vocals have played in all kinds of venues, but this was their first concert at the Empire.
Langford is an excellent guitarist, with his musical capabilities displayed on nearly every song. He also writes most of the group’s music, and they have a new blues-rock CD out called “Shivers,” which has been nominated for a Blues Music Award.
Langford writes about practically anything: dogs, trains, half-acres, drinking, even “Daddy’s Bones.” One instrumental boogie piece featured all three musicians at their best and was a real crowd-pleaser. The audience got involved with loud clapping and cheers, and toward the end of the evening, many in the audience were dancing. Too Slim’s next performance in this area will be Saturday, June 9, at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights.
The Tekoa Empire Theatre committee works to bring live music to the community every month. Members were pleased with the turn-out. They have made many improvements to the theater with many different kinds of shows taking place there.
Up next will be a spring dance recital Saturday, May 12. The next live music performance will be Friday, May 18, when country music singer Juni Fisher returns to the Empire. She has performed at the theater several times previously and has won several country music awards.