Photo by Kathryn Friedman.
Singer/songwriter/folk-rocker Langhorne Slim can wear a hat with a certain bygone era panache. And he always seems to be having a really good time. Of course, no one can have fun 24/7, but, according to his website, “One of the most endearing and standout qualities of Slim’s live shows is the sureness that one is always entering a genuine gospel-like musical experience full of little miracles.”
Born Sean Scolnick in Langhorne, Penn., Slim graduated from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase before touring with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. While there were complications with label deals early on, Slim’s career included these highlights culled from Wiki: an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, singing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch during a Philadelphia Phillies-Florida Marlins game and placing the song “Worries” in a Travelers Insurance commercial.
It’s been a few years since Slim released his last album, Be Set Free — probably because he tours pretty much constantly and stops through Asheville several times a year. Slim and his band, The War Eagles, opened for the Avett Brothers’ 2009 New Year’s Eve show; shared a bill with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at the Orange Peel in 2010 and played The Grey Eagle last April.
Watch “Cinderella” here:
And an incredible improptu performance of “Ain’t Dead Yet”: