Throughout the making of the album The Spirit Moves, the life of Langhorne Slim has been one of immense transition. The folk/soul/blues rocker said goodbye to drugs and alcohol on his 33rd birthday, and put all his concentration, effort, blood, sweat and tears into his music. He credits his co-writer/producer Kenny Siegal, and his band, The Law, with helping him through some very dark times as he struggled with his demons.
But don’t expect a dark album. The Spirit Moves has a more celebratory tone, taking pride in survival, facing reality, and having hope, even in the worst moments. There is strength in vulnerability, and power behind sensitivity. “I don’t want to tame myself,” Slim explains. “I want to be wild. If I can continue to refine the wildness but never suffocate or tame it, then I’m on the right path. Because it is a path. I feel it.”
Langhorne Slim & The Law are in Austin for a show tonight at the Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th at Navasota. Doors open early at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. with The Wild Reeds. Recommended.
– Photography by Joel Sadler.