First/Last-Langhorne Slim

July 19, 2012

Photo courtesy Todd Roeth

“There is nothing like the challenges and camaraderie of the road to inspire a songwriter who thrives upon the emotional energy and exhilaration only travel can deliver. Some singers are devoted to the pursuit of perpetual motion, and Langhorne Slim releases his wild soul in ways that come out of the discipline of live performance. The 13 songs that compose Langhorne Slim & The Law’s new The Way We Move are road-tested, rollicking and very rock ‘n’ rolling tunes that the songwriter perfected with his loyal band, and come out of the kind of good times and bad experiences that songwriters of Langhorne’s lofty stature can turn into life-affirming rock ‘n’ roll. You could also call what Langhorne Slim does folk music, but then there’s his sly, charming and open-hearted feel for pop music—those summertime melodies that nudge you into a grin even when the song is about something bad.”

My thanks to Sean Scolnick for participating in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • The Doors, “Soft Parade”, Queen, “A Night at the Opera”, and The Kinks, “Greatest Hits”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • I buy things in bundles. Neil Young’s new one, Rancid’s “Out Come The Wolves”, Randy Newman’s “Greatest Hits”, and a Dave Attel stand up CD. He’s one funny dude.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Depends on the day. Today it’s The Pogues’ “Hells Ditch”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • I didn’t listen long enough to remember.
  • First concert attended?
  • Herman’s Hermits at a state fair in NJ. Great band!
  • Last concert?
  • The Avett Brothers & DeVotchKa at Red Rocks.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Dancing with old punk rockers to Wreckless Eric in a Portland dive is way up there.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • I don’t know mine, but Malachi’s is probably the Joe Cocker show he went to when he was in high school. Word is Cocker was great, but Mal didn’t feel too well.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • We always have fun in Pittsburgh, but this time we’re gonna have fun times one billion….And that’s a lot of fun!

Thanks, Sean. Red Rocks is definitely a bucket list venue to see a show.