Two days after a canceled show in Omaha, Langhorne Slim was prowling all corners of the Fox Theatre stage, seemingly healthy as a bone. His Wednesday night performance in Boulder brought out a strong crowd, bouncing and head-bobbing from the very first notes of “Rebel Side of Heaven.”
Slim and his three-piece band always exude energy and excitement, no matter the size of the venue or crowd. Though Wednesday’s show, in particular, felt like a release of bottled-up energy from long hours in the van.
Lightning-fast songs like “Honey Pie” and “Mary” showed Slim and banjo/keys wizard David Moore at their shredding, strumming best. The rhythm section of upright bassist Jeff Ratner and drummer Malachi DeLorenzo stayed locked in the pocket, alternating between breakneck speeds on the foot-stompers and jazzier lines on Slim’s ballads.
For “Worries,” a song licensed for advertising last year and an unlikely greatest hit, Slim introduced 10-year-old Bella Betts, a Boulder mandolin player and prodigy in her own right. She stuck around for “We Love The Animals,” shredding with prowess and taking nods from Moore behind the keys.
Langhorne Slim will perform tonight, June 9, at the Belly Up in Aspen.
Brittany Moore is a Boulder-based photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb. Check out more of her work and her blog here.