Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Population: 1,947. Home to Sesame Place and Philadelphia Biblical University, and birthplace of Brooklyn folkie Langhorne Slim (nÃ©e Sean Skolnick). While it's no mystery why the young BuxCoian split town, you do wonder where the hell he found that Georgia accent.
Slim, who boasts Ryan Adams' hung-over good looks and a Two Gallants' Tourettesian weirdness, made his name opening gigs for the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players. It was an unlikely match: Slim's got that fucked-up backwoods dustbowl thing down like a 24-case of Bud, and the T-bergers are all shiny-happy model family. But both acts share a vaudevillian sensibility â€” the underlying idea that rock is one part talent and two parts charisma.
Slim's recent release, Engine EP (V2), is an exercise in trailer-park acoustics. He darts between wistful, warbly guitar ballads and a muddier sound evocative of the Black Keys. Listening, we see spoon-slapping illiterates and gutted Ford Galaxies parked on cinderblocks. It all begs the question: What turnip truck did this dude fall off, or climb on? Whether Slim actually eats baked beans out of a hubcap â€” or just sings like he does â€” is a mute point. Enjoy the fucking show, will you?
Fri., June 29, 7:30 p.m., $10, with Rocky Votolato & Hoots and Hellmouth, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 1-866-468-7619, www.r5productions.com.