Saturday, May 10, 2008

KXCI Presents: Kathleen Edwards and Langhorne Slim


Two great concerts are happening early next week and KXCI wants to spread the word.

Monday it's Langhorne Slim at Plush. He's a great new artist that we want to let you know about.
Local favorite, Little Black Cloud, opens the show. Tune in Monday for a Live@5 performance from Langhorne Slim on The Homestretch.
Below is excerpt about Langhorne Slim from Plush's website.

Langhorne Slim has a lot of industry buzz building around him. He first began to gain public notice through touring with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and an appearance at last year's Bonnaroo Music Festival. His song "Electric Love Letter" was recently number 5 on the Rolling Stone editor's top ten picks, and he recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. If you are a fan of Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Two Gallants, Nick Drake and/or Bob Dylan - Langhorne Slim may just be your next favorite new artist!

"Langhorne Slim's glimmering folk-rock is propelled by simple, straight-ahead beats and spruced up by cello, bells, tuba, accordion, pizzicato violin, Rhodes piano and countless other interesting instrumental choices. Every bit as important as the sonic variation, though, is Slim's impressive songwriting, which now places him in the league of contemporaries like Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst and the Avett Brothers." - Paste

Tuesday it's Kathleen Edwards at Club Congress, 7pm. She has three great albums on Zoe/Rounder records that we have featured here at KXCI. Read below for a concert preview by Monday Music Mixer, Scott Denton and tune in for her Live@5 performance on The Homestretch Tuesday afternoon.
Last Town Chorus opens the show and features songwriter and lap steel guitarist, Megan Hickey.

-KXCI is sponsoring Canadian songwriter Kathleen Edwards’s return to Tucson after nearly a three-year absence—she last played Plush in June, 2005. Prior to that performance I had appreciated her first two studio albums, Failer (2003) and Back to Me (2005), but wasn’t in love. But I fell hard for the live show’s display of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-style, no-nonsense authenticity. Small wonder, that the first album Edwards owned was a Tom Petty record. It must have blown her mind to have the Heartbreakers’ keyboard player, Benmont Tench, playing on her second album.

Her touring band—including her husband, guitarist/producer Colin Cripps—provided a soulful, classic American rock platform for her down-to-earth charm. I was sold when she spontaneously jumped off the stage, without missing a lick of her rhythm-guitar playing, to dance with an inebriated fan who had been creating a bit of a distraction throughout the set.

She is touring in support of her most recent album, Asking for Flowers, on Zoë. On this album she is again accompanied by Cripps and Jim Bryson from her touring band as well as Tench and fellow studio musicians Greg Leisz and Don Heffington.

This is also the first record on which her song narratives venture beyond the autobiographical. “Alicia Ross,” for example, draws from a true account of a Canadian teenager’s murder and its effect on the girl’s mother.

Her performance at Club Congress will be an early show, learn more at http://www.hotelcongress.com/club/.


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