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Longriver House Concert

July 27, 7:00 pm9:00 pm


Saturday, July 27, Longriver returns to delight Magdalena for a third time at kind of a small array. When he was here last, he really put things on the line, playing through a metal-on-flesh injury to his left hand that happened only hours before the gig. He was grimly tenacious, but above all courageous. It came to a head in the final song, Kuku Ree, in which he was visibly marshaling the wind that blows through everything.

If you were there, you know what I mean—he started the song with a D and F# stroked an uncountable number of times, defying audience expectation while building a tension that brought everyone into focus. Then, at the end of the song, he countered this maneuver with some playful double-time finger-picking under a breath-challenging harmonica solo. Greil Marcus has referred to his harp playing as “deep.” I would wager that this song is part of what Marcus was talking about.

In When the Ark Was Building Noah, a song from the Longriver album Of Seasons, images build up, not two by two, but in a panoply of simultaneity. Wasting Time, from the same album, is a slow-paced stroll through possibilities, in which beliefs fall like leaves and words heard since birth accumulate in the same pile. Falling leaves are reprised in The Way That It Is, as they bring the message that the news and its’ delivery are twins in a single moment.

It has now been two years since Longriver was in Magdalena. New songs have been stirring, as has my anticipation. I invite you to come see and hear what I mean! Doors at 6:30, music at 7 pm. fifteen-dollars per person, all goes to the artist. Seating is limited, call or text 210-473-9062 to reserve.


July 27
7:00 pm—9:00 pm
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kind of a small array
106 N. Main St.
Magdalena, NM 87825 United States
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