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A Langhorne Slim Sing-Along at The Bowery Ballroom

September 25th, 2013

Langhorne Slim & the Law/Jonny Fritz – The Bowery Ballroom – September 24, 2013


There was enthusiasm to spare last night at The Bowery Ballroom. Opener Jonny Fritz turned the club into a honky-tonk, telling country tales of heartache and everyman woe. Accompanied by his acoustic guitar and some fine fiddle playing, Fritz got the crowd whooping along to songs mostly from his Dad Country release. Tunes like “Fever Dreams” and “Trash Day” found a mix of melancholy humor and existential dread in just plain old life, and Fritz’s honest voice kept it simple and sweet.

Headliner Langhorne Slim took the stage to some walking-out grooves from his band the Law and wasted no time riling up the crowd with “Wild Soul” off last year’s The Way We Move. Those in the sold-out audience made their presence known from note one, singing along to their heart’s content. The mood was frenetic and fun, the energy in the room matching the crazed, homespun feel of the tie-dyed backdrop at the back of the stage. Slim worked the room with charm and ebullience, running commentary seeping into his songs, full-room clap-alongs and sing-alongs induced with a mere gesture.

The sound was a bluesy folk with punk energy: in lieu of thrashing electric guitar, Slim’s onslaught was pure personality. Before “Salvation,” he told the crowd that they were “not here to be shy,” but it felt redundant for the bouncing masses that found whatever room they could to dance—not just once were my toes stomped on by a giddy fan who couldn’t contain himself. Even the quiet, more soulful moments, like “Song for Sid” and “I Love You, But Goodbye,” seemed to eventually bubble and boil over with slamming banjo (slamjo?) or ramshackle drumming. The closing moments of the set found Slim singing from the shoulders of someone in the audience, hovering slightly above but very much inside and a part of the people he’d been singing along with all night. —A. Stein

Exclusive Video: Jonny Fritz Walks the Streets

December 14th, 2012

Jonny Fritz—formerly Jonny Corndawg—was destined to become a country singer. Growing up in rural Virginia, he developed a clever sense of humor and the ability to be crass without being insulting. As a result, his music is more outlaw country, in the vein of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and David Allan Coe, a distant cousin. The Oxford American calls his 2011 release, Down on the Bikini Line, a “mix of plucky guitars, clean drumming and honky-tonk humor that he’s perfected in live performances.” And while walking along Houston Street, he performs one of its songs, “Chevy Beretta,” with Josh Hedley, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live.

Fritz also talked to us about how country music flows from the South and that he writes that kind of music as a result of always listening to it. Watch the interview: http://tbp.im/SVv9C1. Check out his performance of “Ain’t It Your Birthday”: http://tbp.im/TPuhMP. And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live to see more cool performances and revealing interviews like these, plus the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming shows.