Unplugged On The Front Porch With Slaid Cleaves

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Coho Events says
Slaid Cleaves' Spring and Summer Tours are booked and selling out fast. His only date with Austin (until late summer) is May 19th with Unplugged on The Front Porch. This is the only spot to reserve your seat for that gig. He will be accompanied by Chojo Jacques on fiddle and mandolin.

Slaid grew up in Maine and now lives with his wife of 21 years, Karen Cleaves, in the Hill Country outside Austin, Texas. As Jim Caligiuri writes in the Austin Chronicle, "There are few contemporaries that compare. He's become a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine."

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”

Still Fighting the War follows the razor sharp songwriter’s undeniable hat trick – Broke Down (2000), Wishbones (2004) and Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009) – that established him as a singular storyteller. His golden key: effortlessly shading dark with light. Cue Cleaves’ excellent double-disc Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge for inarguable evidence (“Drinkin’ Days,” “Wishbones,” “Horseshoe Lounge”).

“You get a lot of the man behind the lyrics,” Hendrix says. “What you see with Slaid is what you get: He doesn’t have the eyes of a cynic. He has optimism about him through a realistic gaze and writes with a wise voice.” The Kerrville Folk Festival recognized those intangible qualities long ago when Cleaves won its hallowed New Folk award in 1992. He’s doubled down ever since with literate story songs exponentially more mature and meaningful.
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