Friday, October 07, 2005
when the sun's gone down
At first they were really funny and the songs were cool but after a while it was like they were beating me about the head with their SCHTICK. It got boring really fast and I started imagining the revenge that the daughter will visit upon her parents after years touring the world - I think she'll become a high-powered corporate lawyer.
The evening was saved by the support, Langhorne Slim, a man in a beat-up hat wearing a corduroy suit, belting out songs on an acoustic guitar. There was a marked absence of SCHTICK or GIMMICK. It was great.
Langhorne Slim - And If It's True
Langhorne Slim - Mary
Langhorne Slim - Loretta Lee Jones
How to describe him? A hillbilly Tom Waits? A white shitkicking country-blues artist? I dunno. He tells a great story. He loves to dance. His voice is a piercing, keening yelp, that grabs hold and demands attention.
He kept apologising that all of his songs were about love and lost-love and never-found-love. But that's what the blues is about, isn't it?
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