Ryan Peck said he almost has to be begged to put on a show. "It's a lot of work," he said.
But for the full-time co-founder of Boise Rock School and part-time concert promoter, the 100 or so people who were at the Linen Building last night to see Langhorne Slim, the payoff was so very worth it.
A snowstorm in Bozeman, Mont., pushed the show featuring Slim and opener Ryan Lauder back awhile, which meant more time for the chatty crowd to drink—and become more chatty. When Scottish songster Lauder took the stage, there was a real possibility that the group slowly forming around him would drown him out. But the kickin' sound system, his charm, his sweet story songs and his deep accent kept the extemporaneous chatter at bay.
By the time Peck introduced Langhorne Slim and The Law, the booze had been flowing, but the audience's participation to the noise level was not from talking—they were singing along. Slim's simmering energy, delivery, lyrics and arrangement live somewhere in the land between folk and rock, making him musically accessible. And something about the sly smile that lit up his face and his utter ease at performing in front of a crowd, made Slim the kind of guy you'd want to have a drink with. When he sang "Worries," you just knew if he was your friend, you wouldn't have any: "If you got worries, then you're like me. / Don't worry now, I won't hurt you. / And, if you got worries, then you're like me. / Don't worry now, I won't desert you."
Check out the video below and see why A) bands like the Avett Bros. are such big Slim fans; B) the crowd in Boise was so excited to see Slim; and C) it would be great news to hear that he will be back in Boise soon—we're going to have to put Peck to work on that.