Landon Pigg has turned coffeehouse flirtation into an idea that now seems to be all his own.
To prove the point, type in "love" and "coffee shop" on Google. You'll be directed to a bounty of websites featuring the 26-year-old, Nashville-based singer-songwriter, who performs at the High Noon Saloon June 10.
Pigg released the single "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" in 2007. Since then, the tune has been played more than seven million times on Pigg's MySpace site. The arrangement brims with the wistful acoustic guitar that colors many of the songs he's written since his 2002 debut.
The video is a slow-motion latte love dream that finds Pigg sitting in a hip café, across tables from a beautiful girl. She's got poetry magnets. He's got a pocket watch he can click to freeze time and motion for everyone except him. He clicks and rearranges her magnets to read, "Maybe I've fallen for you."
Recently, Pigg's acting has ventured beyond music videos. He played Ellen Page's love interest in the 2009 roller derby film Whip It.
Sealing his status as a heartthrob, he's also been profiled in Glamour and Teen Vogue.
Born in Nashville and raised in Chicago, Pigg has show-business roots. His father, Gary Pigg, has built a successful career as a studio musician and commercial jingle singer for companies like Keebler and McDonald's.
It's easy to see Gary's commercial influence on Landon's career path. "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" has already been used in spots for DeBeers and AT&T. His songs have been featured on Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill.
This year Pigg has kept busy touring and making television appearances in support of his 2009 album, The Boy Who Never. He appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in early May.
You have to wonder why it took somebody so long to blend frappes and flirtation into a popular love song. After all, fleeting eye contact with objects of affection plays out at brew houses everywhere, every day.