Since 1976, Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore have been performing the raw intensity of lowdown blues at its sticky, sweaty best. Their album, Longtime Friends In The Blues delivers you straight to a steamy Chicago juke joint in the late ‘50s. It comes as no surprise that the legendary Howlin’ Wolf bestowed James Yancy Jones his name, “Tail Dragger”. Tail Dragger is a spitting image of The Wolf, right down to his rough, down-and-dirty voice. Tail Dragger and Corritore don’t just play. These lowdown blues musicians feel every steamy note of their blues.
In “Through With You,” legendary pianist Henry Gray (who performed with Howlin’ Wolf for twelve years) spills out emotional piano riffs while Corritore bends and curves his harmonica notes. Tail Dragger introduces his track, “So Eeze” with a dialogue, which leads seamlessly into a conversation between Gray’s piano, Corritore’s harmonica, Kirk Fletcher’s and Chris James’s slide guitar riffs, Patrick Rynn’s bass, and Brian Fahey’s drum kit. “Please Mr. Jailer” ends the album with the quintessence of the blues, stinging listeners with Tail Dragger’s every raspy, scratchy plea.
Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore play what they feel: lowdown blues with intense steam and no apologies.