You Slaid me

On the road in his Dodge Dart, Slaid Cleaves is the last of the traveling troubadours

"I think that's the total basis of country music," Cleaves concludes. "The Carter Family weren't writing Hallmark-greeting-card, sappy songs. Woody Guthrie wasn't writing about silly stuff. Well, I guess he did write some silly songs. But the real powerful songs, the ones that matter today, are songs like 'Deportee.' It's real life. Life is hard, man. But people were more aware of their mortality back then. Jimmie Rodgers sang a song about TB, the disease he died from. Who sings songs about AIDS or cancer? What attracted me to that old stuff was the realness of it. And that's what I aspire to."

Slaid Cleaves doesn't play country or folk music. He plays American music.
Slaid Cleaves doesn't play country or folk music. He plays American music.

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