Slaid Cleaves came by KNON Community Radio yesterday, Friday, April 2, 2010. He brought with him a couple of side men, namely Billy Bright playing mandolin, and Chojo Jacques on the fiddle. Slaid was always one of my personal favorites. His two early albums "Broke Down", and "No Angel Knows" are a couple of the best alt-country albums ever released. Slaid wrote some of his best songs for them, and Lloyd Maines did an excellent job producing them.
Slaid was in town as the headliner for a show that night at the Granada Theatre, on Lower Greenville Ave. This old movie theatre is a great place to see a show. There's not a bad seat in the house, and they have a great sound system.
He kicked it off with a new song called "Hard To Believe":
Friends in the studio watching and helping out were Mark Ivey, Michael Williams, John Bass, Lee Petty, David Callison, and my beautiful wife Ok Hwa. You can see some of them in the background in the videos.
The next song up was "Green Mountains And Me":
I recently bought a new camera, which shoots video in high definition. I decided to give it's first try-out on the song "Horseshoe Lounge". My computer could just barely handle the upload, and my video editing software would not even recognise the file, so I was not able to edit it like I wanted, with fade in/out, titles, and end credits. Here it is in it's unedited form:
It was good to see ol' Slaid after all these years. He's looking and sounding very good. He has some great new material out, and I urge you to check it out. The link is below.
After the program, Slaid headed off to have dinner before his show, and we all went down the the parking lot, where we gathered around the tail gate of some one's pick-up truck for some light conversation and beverages.
Official website of KNON Community Radio in Dallas: http://www.knon.org/
Official website of Slaid Cleaves: http://www.slaidcleaves.com/