Slaid Cleaves with Scrappy Jud Newcomb

 24 May
 The Maze
 257, Mansfield Road - NG1 3FT - Nottingham - United Kingdom
 Cosmic American Music
“A sharply observant songwriter with a deep appreciation for the ageless fundamentals of folk, country, and rock … one of the country’s most compelling roots artists.” Austin's own Slaid Cleaves has been called Americana's best kept secret, and we couldn't agree more. The rootsy singer-songwriter has called Austin his home since moving here from Maine about two decades ago. 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 latest collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiselled. 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”). “I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You’ll feel the same, I think, when you listen to this beautifully crafted album. Listen, go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: Not all the good guys wear hats.” —Stephen King

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