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I have tried to break unbroken chords

Singer songwriter is an odd label. You might think it it applies to anyone who writes songs and sings them, but it’s not so. Without the requisite degree of plaintive acoustic strumming or over-earnest entreating, you’re just a singer, or a songwriter.

Thereby excluded, I can claim allegiance to Bragg, Cave and Weller without ever having to admit to a penchant for the singer-songwriter genre. This worked fine until 2004 when I first heard Langhorne Slim — inevitably it was on the genre defying John Peel show.

Sean Scolnick, born in 1980 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is indubitably a singer-songwriter in all his acoustic loveliness. But that’s where the comparison ends; Sean, you see, is good, really good.

2009 saw the release of Be Set Free, a brilliant LP, the highlight a duet with Erika Wennerstrom of The Heartless Bastards and a song-from-each-year-of-my-life.

“Eat your heart out Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.”¹

Langhorne Slim :: Leaving My Love

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¹ Hear Ya.

Photo: Langhorne Slim @ Tractor by Ron Henry; some rights reserved.

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