Langhorne Slim in Boone Feb. 2
It sounds like a character from a Pixar movie, one of those animated lizards or maybe a cigarette toting gunslinger in a John Wayne western.
In actuality, it's a guy based out of Portland, Ore. Sort of.
"Langhorne is my real made-up name," he said.
His real, real-life name is Sean Scolnick, and with an easy sense of humor and a rootsy mesh of pop and folk, he's been forcing audiences nationwide to take notice, no matter what name is on the poster.
"I'm from a small town in Pennsylvania that bears the name Langhorne," he said. "And I left when I was 18 for New York, for the big city ... I just took on the name myself because, at the time, I didn't have a band to name."
From Pennsylvania to New York to Northern California and Oregon, he keeps an honesty to his lyrics and a grit to his voice that should fare well to a High Country crowd, even though "I don't think I've ever been to Boone," Scolnick said.
Duke Ellington has been accredited with saying, "There's only two kinds of music, good and bad."
It's a statement Scolnick agrees with.
"If I had to put my music into a genre, I'd say it's in the good music genre," he said.
And as you can hear on langhorneslim.com, it's an accessible sound with hints of jazz and even ragtime.
"Ever since I can remember, I have always heard music in my head, always," he said. "As a small child, I was writing in notebooks and not paying attention in school and writing and singing songs in my head, so it's always been something that's deep inside of me and, at this point, doing it for my living, for my life ... it's just capturing it ... when the feeling comes."
And inspiration, he said, is everywhere.
"From relationships ... to conversations with people on the street to looking at a painting," he said.
And he can't wait to take on the High Country of North Carolina. What would he tell you directly?
"I would like for the Boone community to come to our show and rock out with us, and then I think they will know everything they need to know," Scolnick said.
And it's a high-energy show.
"Get up and move and dance," he said. "We try not to be a band to listen to sitting down. I mean, if someone wants to sit down..."
But you won't. The Slim-described "sexy men" (Scolnick, Malachi Delorenzo, David Moore and Jeff Ratner) hit the Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) Feb. 2 with Bobby Bare Jr. Expect a $8 cover charge.