Sometimes, truth can’t be explained. But it can be felt, running wild through a song. “I don’t want to tame myself. I want to be wild,” says Langhorne Slim. “If I can continue to refine the wildness but never suffocate or tame it, then I’m right on path. Because it is a path. I feel it.”
The Pennsylvania-born, self-taught guitarist moved to Brooklyn at 18, and began feeling out his place in a burgeoning punk-folk scene. He now finds himself celebrated from the east to west coast as one of today’s most original singers and songwriters.
The self-described “country punk” guitarist and singer features a big, ragged voice and a bigger personality – and has little trouble grabbing a crowd’s attention with his raucous and ramshackle acoustic songs.
His releases have been praised by outlets from Rolling Stone (“damn near perfect”) to The New Yorker (“Leadbelly’s gift for storytelling and Dylan’s ability to captivate crowds”), including the Boston Globe as celebrating his most recent recording, The Spirit Moves, with “Slim is more reflective now, his banjo-driven rock-folk-pop hybrid increased in artistry and depth.”
Langhorne’s bluegrass-inflected folk may be out of the past, but his passion is as vital as his blood is red.