Langhorne Slim 

One morning a couple summers ago, I found myself hungover, soaking wet and driving a borrowed Subaru back to Missoula, wearing only a Woolrich flannel coat and boxer briefs. I remember cranking the Black Keys' fantastic EP, Chulahoma.

I could've substituted that disc for a collection of Langhorne Slim songs. They provide a salve to the haggard mornings we've all had—music you play, say, after an all-night funny hat party in the Mission Mountains where you drank an entire bottle of Wild Turkey and fell into a creek trying to find your tent.

Slim croons with a high wail reminiscent of The Rural Alberta Advantage or the Tallest Man on Earth. In his fingerpicking ode to traveler's love, "Coffee Cups," off last year's The Way We Move, Slim sings, "It's early in the morning / what are we doing up still / drinking wine out of coffee cups / that's fine by me / as long as I'm lying by you."

Most of his discography toes the line between these kind of quiet folk ballads and a raucous brand of back porch, blue-eyed soul. When you've got to play an hour-long acoustic show for kids at 9 a.m. on a Sunday, songs like these are Vitamin Water for your ears.

Langhorne Slim and the Law and Missoula's The Hasslers play the Palace Thu., April 4, at 9 PM. $8. Advance tickets available at Ear Candy or stonefly-productions.com.

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