“Cleaves tells gorgeously compact stories in a voice packed with Texas trail dust.” – Entertainment Weekly
The style of Slaid Cleaves may be rooted in country and traditional folk song, but it’s also deeply influenced by Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist got his start back in the ‘90s with the release of his breakthrough album No Angel Knows with Lucinda Williams’ former guitarist Gurf Morlix. The collection combined Slaid’s passion for folk songs, blues, and traditional country music into what’s now called Americana.
Since then, Slaid’s released a long series of critically acclaimed albums, garnering him Song of the Year at the Austin Music Awards for “Broke Down” as well as a growing national fan base.
According to SavingCountryMusic.com, Slaid “is one of those central Texas troubadours whose words and modes can be heard embedded in the music of some of the biggest acts in Texas music, Americana, and beyond due to the sheer potency of his craft.”