Slaid Cleaves

Bio

When Slaid Cleaves moved from Portland, Maine, to Austin, Texas, at the tail end of 1991, he landed on South Lamar Boulevard, a few blocks from the legendarily seedy Horseshoe Lounge. But as he points out on his new live album, "It was many years of drivin’ by before I worked up the courage to come in through the door."

Maybe his New Englander’s reserve got the better of him; one thing most Texans do not fear is walking into a bar. But curiosity and, no doubt, the lure of stories contained within eventually won out, and in 2000, Slaid wound up releasing "Horseshoe Lounge," an ode to the 46-year-old beer joint, on his breakout CD Broke Down. A turning point in his career, Broke Down transformed Cleaves from feckless Austin singer/songwriter, playing open mics and running sound at the legendary Cactus Cafe to Americana chart-topping, New York Times-lauded ("One of the finest songwriters from Texas") national touring artist. Oh, yeah, and the 2001 Austin Music Awards named the title track, written with childhood pal Rod Picott, Best Song of the Year.

"Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes Records. Travels around. Tries to be good."

List

  • Rolling Stone From Texas - Don Walser
  • Red Bandana Blues - Adam Carroll
  • Flowered Dresses - Karen Poston
  • Name Droppin' - Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Texas Map Song - Bill Neely
  • Devil's Lullaby - Michael O'Connor
  • Leo and Leona - Butch Hancock
  • Truale - Sam Baker
  • The Mighty Esquire - Monk Wilson
  • Wild Wood Spring - Eliza Gilkyson

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Jay Boy Adams

Marcia Ball

Ray Benson

Willy Braun (Reckless Kelly)

Joe King Carrasco

Cindy Cashdollar

Gary Clark Jr.

Slaid Cleaves

Johnny Gimble

Pat Green

Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox

Sara Hickman

Eric Johnson

Ben Kweller

Jimmy LaFave

Delbert McClinton

James McMurtry

Steve Miller

Randy Rogers

Michelle Shocked

Jerry Jeff Walker

Paul Wall

Monte Warden (The Wagoneers)

Johnny Winter

Miles Zuniga (Fastball)