On Friday, George and I drove up to Syracuse to see Slaid Cleaves in concert as part of the FolkUs Fall series. I saw Cleaves when I lived in Oklahoma, either at the Blue Door or the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival (~1998 to 2003). This was the first time since then that he’s performed anywhere near me. I was so very excited to see him, and the show did not disappoint me. I enjoyed all the between-songs exposition. I always enjoy music a little more if I know the backstory.
Broke Down is still my favorite of his songs. It’s one of those songs that every so often I’ll realize is playing in the back of my mind. I also love Horseshoe Lounge. Be sure to check out those songs as well as Cleaves’ latest album, Still Fighting the War.