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Perching himself on a lone seat on a threadbare stage, Langhorne Slim is every bit the country troubadour you might hope; equipped with Stetson, cowboy boots and acoustic guitar as if they were action figure accessories. Tonight is billed as An Audience With… so we are treated to the stories behind the songs in an intimate setting that provides laughs, tears and a whole lot of warmth and love between unassuming artist and audience.

There is certainly more appreciations from the seated bank holiday crowd for Langhorne’s love letter in song that is Lion Like You than there was from a former intended lover who once received two versions of the song sent direct to her phone. The tale is funny and self-deprecating and makes the Pennsylvanian all the more endearing to his fans.  So too does the achingly beautiful tale of loss that is Song For Sid written about Langhorne’s departed Grandad.

Though a country artist at heart, Langhorne speaks of a love for soul artist Bill Withers and both his flawless falsetto and even his mannerisms are strangely reminiscent of Prince. Calling card Wolves is the only song from his latest album, 2015’s The Spirit Moves and finds an artist ever more reflective since giving up the booze. The empty water bottles by his feet dance and the audience rock in their seats with a rare faster tempo track, Bluebird, and the mournful I Love You, But Goodbye pretty much sums up the feelings at the end of a perfect evening.    

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