Slaid Cleaves

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Past Event
$28 to $30

Location Info:

McGonigel's Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk
Houston, TX  77098
Since his late-’90s breakthrough No Angel Knows, Slaid Cleaves has established himself as one of Texas’s most dependable, erudite and unassuming singer-songwriters, someone who once slyly titled an album Unsung. (That one, from 2006, was a rarity in that it was all other people’s songs, often friends of his.) Cleaves has now lived in Central Texas for a solid 25 years, and yet — to his considerable benefit — his music has never conformed to the stereotypical Lone Star sound, no doubt a product of his upbringing back east in Maine. His songs tend to be clean, melodic, wistful but not without hope, crowded with simple pleasures and familiar losses — the work of a keen-eyed artist who can recognize the poetic in the most mundane of situations, whether he’s being autobiographical or just telling a story. On his latest, Ghost On the Car Radio, Cleaves lays out a dozen more such yarns, among them the brilliant “Drunken Barbers Hand,” instructive “Take Home Pay,” tavern tribute “The Old Guard” and fatalistic “Junkyard.” (Note: Friday’s 7 p.m. seating is standing-room-only.)
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