The Energy Exploded From The Stage
Usually when I review a show, I highlight the headliner and devote less space to the opener. In the case of this show at the House of Blues with The Devil Makes Three as the headliner and Langhorne Slim and the Law as the opener, I am breaking that pattern and focusing on Langhorne Slim.
I saw him perform three times last year and was wowed at each show. Two were festival performances (Green River Festival and Newport Folk Festival) where there is frequently a different kind of energy than at a ‘regular’ show.
It makes me happy that this show had every bit as much energy as the festival shows. It is obvious that it is important to Langhorne Slim to connect with the audience, and he does it well.
Despite the photo pit, high stage, and barricade, he managed to get into the crowd several times during his set and the crowd went wild! He didn’t get on his back and sing as he has at other shows I have seen, but I did not miss it (other than the potential photo opportunity). Look at those smiles!
He released his latest album, The Spirit Moves, last year and much of the set drew from that album. When I know an artist’s music as well as I know his, I forget which songs he performed unless I have the benefit of a set list and I do not have one for this show! I am fairly sure he did ‘Put It Together’, ‘Changes’, and ‘Spirit Moves’ from that album.
One of the songs he did perform was ‘Song for Sid’, written for one of his grandfathers after he passed away. If that song does not bring a tear to your eyes, especially when you see him live, you have a heart of stone. When he performed it at Newport, he became extremely emotional and every photographer there put down their cameras.
His band for this show consisted of Malachi DeLorenzo on drums, Jeff Ratner on bass, and Casey McAllister (who I recognized from Hurray for the Riff Raff) on keys. They provide fantastic support for Langhorne Slim, who takes center stage at the shows.
I had the chance to speak with him after his set – he wears a Stetson model that is being sold as the Langhorne Slim model and I wanted to see if it would look good on me. He graciously allowed me to try it on. He told me it would look great in the right size, so I went home and ordered one. The connection he and I have (his words, not mine) will be stronger once I receive my hat!
The Devil Makes Three (DM3) took the stage after a short break. I saw them perform at the Newport Folk Festival a few years ago when they were all singing at a Grand Ole Opry style mic. I was a bit disappointed that they were spread across the stage at separate mics because that makes for interesting photos.
A mostly bluegrass band, they are usually a trio consisting of Pete Bernhard on guitar, Lucia Turino on bass, and Cooper McBean on guitar and banjo. For this show they were joined by a drummer as well as Spencer Slade on fiddle on some songs. On one of the last songs, MorganEve Swain played fiddle instead of Spencer.
Here is a photo of the set list; since I do not know their music well, I think this tells you what you want to know about whether they played your favorite song!
Some of their songs contained especially beautiful harmonies (all the harmonies are good, but there were some that really got to me in the best way).
I do not know if this show did sell out; if not, it was close to it. Both bands deserve that kind of attention, but I hope the next time DM3 is in town they stick with a venue the size of HOB or the Orpheum and don’t move up to the bank-of-the-month pavilion. Langhorne Slim would be great at The Sinclair or even The Royale. Or their own headlining show at HOB!
Do yourself a favor and see these bands, separately or together, I doubt you could be disappointed.
Thanks to Langhorne Slim and the Law for the ticket; all opinions are my own.
Posted on February 16, 2016, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Americana music, boston, Casey McAllister, concert photos, concert review, Cooper McBean, House of Blues, Jeff Ratner, Langhorne Slim, Langhorne Slim and the Law, Lucia Turino, Malachi DeLorenzo, music, Pete Bernhard, The Devil Makes Three. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.