A Winter Wind favorite over the years, Slaid Cleaves returns to The Depot for a concert on November 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm.
“I tend to think of songs as the whiskey of writing” Cleaves says. “Distilled down to the essence, powerful, concentrated, immediate. You can take it all in and really feel it in just seconds.”
The characters in Slaid Cleaves' songs live in unglamorous reality. They work dead-end jobs, they run out of money, they grow old, they hold on to each other (or not), and they die. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.
Slaid Cleaves' songwriting has never been more potent than on his latest album, Ghost on the Car Radio. It is his first release since 2013's Still Fighting the War, which was praised as "one of the year's best albums" by American Songwriter and "carefully crafted...songs about the struggles of the heart in hard times" by the Wall Street Journal. The New York Daily News called his music "a treasure hidden in plain sight," while the Austin Chronicle declared, "there are few contemporaries that compare. He's become a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine."
Described as "terse, clear and heartfelt" (NPR Fresh Air), Slaid Cleaves’ songs speak to timeless truths. Now in his 50’s and twenty-five years into his storied career, he is grateful that "I'm making a living as a musician, and making a meaningful connection with people - what could be better than that?"
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. Contributors include: Cindy Merrick - Therapy in Motion; Hugh & Keri Young; Skye Diers - Gingerbread Nursery School; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; Tom McAuliffe - Don Cies; and The Montford Inn. Friends are: EB Dancer; Danna Primm; Bob Schlegel; and Lazy Circles Brewing.