With an back catalogue of the quality possessed by Slaid Cleaves the only problem envisaged with a live release would be which tracks to include, a problem partly alleviated by making the release a double disc affair and ensuring the fans favourites make the cut, the album is a true reflection of the artist in his element, rather than pick and choose tracks from historical live shows the album was recorded at the Horseshoe Lounge Austin TX, a warts-and-all release with audience banter and clinking glasses it’s as authentic as the songs themselves.
The album fittingly takes it’s title Sorrow & Smoke from the closing words of a Slaid favourite Horseshoe Lounge, the album is released twenty years on from when Cleaves moved from Portland, Maine to Austin. Album highlights include the award winning title track to Slaid’s break out album Broke Down co-written with childhood friend Rod Picott . . . → Read More: Slaid Cleaves – Sorrow and Smoke
Out earlier this year in the US, Rod Picott’s latest album Welding Burns is an independent release that’s available in the UK from today and Picott is touring over here in October to promote it, the dates are below and there’s a Bob Harris Country session planned too which I’m very much looking forward to. I mentioned in a recent post Picott’s contribution to the great Amanda Shires album Carrying Lightning and on this his seventh solo release she joins up with him again adding vocals and fiddle to the album which was recorded at True Tone Studios, Nashville TN with David Henry (Cowboy Junkies, REM) co-producing with Picott, it also features slide and electric guitar from the Will Kimbrough, a fellow who has a habit of turning up on quality albums time and time again.
Picott is the son of a welder and former Marine and grew up in a . . . → Read More: Rod Picott – Welding Burns
Slaid Cleaves reputation as an A1 Americana troubadour was cemented with his album Broke Down released a full ten years ago, since then he’s added Wishbones (2004), Unsung (2006) and last years Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away, as a body of work there a few others traversing this genre that can boast to having such a consistently quality back catalogue as the Austin based singer-songwriter.
Today’s short set comprises four tracks from Cleaves last album performed at KUT Studio 1A in support of release and a bonus track from a KGSR performance back 2000.
Studio 1A KUT
Slaid Cleaves – Cry
Slaid Cleaves – Green Mountains and Me
Slaid Cleaves – Hard To Believe
Slaid Cleaves – Temporary
Slaid Cleaves – Broke Down
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