The first "Acoustic Cafe Folk Series" concert of the season brought the Americana artist to the refurbished St. Cecilia Music Center stage on Thursday.
By Matt Marn
Published by Local Spins - November 18, 2016
Armed only with a guitar, a solitary figure on a stool managed to fill a mostly bare stage in Grand Rapids on Thursday with powerful tales, humor and moving tributes.
A truly invested performer, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim not only delivered stories behind many of the songs, but performed each one with passion at St. Cecilia Music Center on Thursday night for a solo acoustic performance that kicked off the 2016-2017 Acoustic Cafe Folk Series.
Langhorne also was very candid, even humorous, in the rapport he built with his audience, leaving the room laughing on more than a few occasions.
But he also knew how to deliver raw emotion to every seat in the house. Discussing his beloved grandparents on more than one occasion, he played a special song close to his heart toward the end of the show.
The original song was dedicated to the three grandparents he had lost, as well as the grandmother he still holds close back home, a song he calls "Song For Sid," which asks in the chorus: "Where do the great ones go when they're gone?"
The moving tribute had some tears flowing among those seated in the refurbished Royce Auditorium (that Langhorne apparently had asked to keep darkened as much as possible).
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