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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Slim Forsythe

At a crossroads in his life, Kevin Forsythe asked his father, Frank, for advice.

"He said, 'Kevi, you're nothing but a frustrated musician, and you're never gonna be happy until you do what you want to do,'" Forsythe recalls.

He didn't immediately heed his dad's advice. But that moment in 1988 foretold the day Kevin Forsythe, a lawyer, would become Slim Forsythe, "the singin', school bus-drivin' cowboy" of Lawrenceville.

His father had performed on Duquesne Showtime, a variety show on KDKA-TV in the early '50s, where he sang with local legends including Dormont country singer Slim Bryant. More than 50 years later, Kevin would adopt that name and start his own country band.

Though "Slim" began as just a stage name, it's really someone he's become. Forsythe -- tall and lanky, with a sly, dry sense of humor -- calls it "this 'Slim' thing [that] happened to me."

Coworkers and acquaintances only know him as Slim; few call him by his real name. "When it started out, it was kind of a shtick," he says in his characteristic drawl. "I didn't talk like this before, but now it'd be hard not to."

"Forsythe has mined his own history to forge a unique
Northern Honky Tonk Mythos."
Aaron Jentzen, PGH City Paper, June 17, 2009

Former lives: Attorney, Novelist, Performance Auditor, Maker of Zippo Lighters and Dresser Pipe Couplings, Warehouseman, Oil Field Roustabout, Janitor, Life Insurance Salesman, Beer Distributor Night Shift, Book Store Clerk, Apartment Building Concierge, House Painter, Light Hauler, Saxophone and Keyboards, Typewriter Cleaner, Radio Show Host, and a few other things back in there somewhere...

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