With his unpolished vocal style he sounds like a re-incarnation of the Howlin' Wolf. His blues are rough, his lyrics mean and honest even dealing with social topics. Good album. TAIL DRAGGER - voc, BILLY BRANCH - hca, ROCKIN' JOHNNY - gtr, ARON BURTON - bass, BALDHEAD PETE - drums. Special guests: EDDIE SHAW - ten, JOHNNY B. MOORE - gtr, JIMMY DAWKINS - gtr.
Tail Dragger (born James Yancy Jones in Altheimer, Arkansas) strides
into Smokedaddy's on Division Street like a politician greeting his
loyal constituency. He towers over the crowd in his cowboy boots and
Stetson, shaking hands and shouting his trademark 'Whatchusay!' welcome.
'American People' is the second number of the set, and he hits it off
with obvious relish. He pleads on behalf of Bill Clinton and admits to
some indiscretions of his own. He asks people for understanding on both
of their accounts.
We all have done wrong, says the Tail
Dragger. Forgive Bill. Forgive me. Mercy! Tail Dragger has remained a
presence on Chicago's west side blues circuit for many years, playing at
The 5105 Club, The Rat Trap, Dave and Thelma's, Mary's Lounge, The
Delta Fishmarket, at 345 S. Pulaski and others. He's often been compared
to Howlin' Wolf and after listening to American People you'll
understand why the Wolf himself once said of Tail Dragger, 'One day this
boy gonna take my place.'