Everything . . . CD or mp3 album

“Everything You Love plays seamlessly, like one of Lucinda Williams’ classic early albums, pristine, honest, and lingering.” –Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle

$15.00 CD

or . . .

$10.00 MP3 Download of CD

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0 Time for a Haircut

"Time For A Haircut." That phrase struck fear in my heart for many years. I think it was just the trauma of my image changing, however subtly, that threatened my fledging sense of self.

“Time For A Haircut.” That phrase struck fear in my heart for many years.  I’ve only had two professional haircuts in my life, and both were disappointments.  My mom took me to get my first haircut when I was 3 or 4, I guess. And she hated it, for some reason.  So she cut my hair for the next 14 years.  And I hated it each time.  I’d put it off as long as I could.  I preferred having long hair, even though I was almost always mistaken for a girl.  I identified with the hippies, for some reason, and wanted to look like one of the Beatles, not Homer Price, which is what you looked like when you got home from Reo’s Barbershop.  I was so vain, still am I guess, that I would avoid the haircut till I was forced into the chair, the sheet tied around my neck, my little brothers gathered around watching.  My mom would coo about how handsome I was.  When the orderal was over, I’d look in the mirror and be horrified, every time.  I don’t know why.  I think it was just the trauma of my image changing, however subtly, that threatened my fledging sense of self.  I would cry and complain that my mom took off too much.  I’d wear a knit hat for a few days.  Then I’d feel bad for my mom—she did her best, with love, and all I did was complain, ungrateful.  I felt guilty and vain.

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Unsung CD

2006 Release Unsung is a special project for Slaid, a collection of songs by friends and colleagues including Karen Poston, Michael O’Connor and Adam Carroll.

currently out of stock – try iTunes or Amazon

 

0 My Senior Prom

It's hard for me to even image the devotion I felt for rock & roll as a youngster. It was a cause to live and die for. Including taking a girl I'd never met to her prom in order to land a gig.

It’s hard for me to even image the devotion I felt for rock & roll as a youngster. It was a cause to live and die for. I remember driving my rustbucket, slant 6 Duster 15 miles of winding back roads through 8 inches of snow to make band practice in the basement of Mark Deeley’s parents’ house in Rochester, New Hampshire.  I was 17.  The drummer didn’t show up that night (intelligently, in hindsight), and I took that to mean he was not committed to this band.  It was a cover band, practicing in a basement, gearing up to getting work in the local hotel lounges and Asian restaurants and bowling alleys.  I would do anything for that band. One of our first gigs was a wedding, some relative of Mark’s. In the hall I was approached by an important looking man.  He had an air of confidence about him.  I had my leather pants on. He introduced himself as the owner of one of the big clubs in town, Club Victoire. They had bands every weekend. He would hire us if I would do him a favor, help him out of a jam. No, it’s nothing illegal. He told me about his problem. His daughter was in charge of the senior prom, which was two weeks away. Her boyfriend had just dumped her (“and if I ever get my hands on him . . .”)  And if I would escort this young lady to her prom (tux and dinner—taken care of) he would give my band a gig at his club. I didn’t hesitate.

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Wishbones CD

2004 Release Wishbones is the long-awaited follow-up to 2000′s award-winning album, Broke Down. Produced by Austin Hall of Famer Gurf Morlix

$15.00 CD

 

0 Slaid Cleaves’ Maine Clam Bake

Slaid's step-by-step instructions for having a Clam Bake. Maine style.

First, have your uncles sneak into the town dump and haul out a used 250 gallon heating oil tank. Then have your neighbor cut it in half with his arc welder. Buy them all a case of Genesee Cream Ale.

Order a crate of lobsters from a local lobsterman. If you invite him to the clam bake he will probably give you “boat price.” Call up some cousins and friends to help with the clam digging and wood carrying. Borrow Dad’s pickup to haul a couple of loads of scrap wood from the neighbor who has the saw mill.

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Drinking Days T-Shirt

"My Drinking Days Are Over... But I'm Still Trouble Bound" 100% cotton t-shirt in two colors and three sizes.

“My Drinking Days Are Over… But I’m Still Trouble Bound” T-shirt.

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Drinking Days T-shirt - back

Drinking Days T-shirt – back

$20.00 T-Shirt

Drinking Days Toddler T-Shirt

"My Drinking Days Are Over... But I'm Still Trouble Bound" 100% cotton T-shirt for toddlers in three colors, and three sizes.

“My drinking days are over . . .”

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Toddler T - back

Toddler T – back

“. . . but I’m still trouble bound.”

 

 

$20.00 Toddler T-Shirt

Drinking Days Onesie

"My Drinking Days Are Over... But I'm Still Trouble Bound" 100% cotton onesie in three colors, and three sizes.

Onsies

“My drinking days are over… ”

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Drinking Days Onesies – back

” . . . but I’m still trouble bound.

 $20.00 Onesie

 

Broke Down CD

2000 Release Slaid’s breakout album. Featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, Mountain Stage and World Cafe, “Broke Down” spent 5 weeks at the top of Gavin’s Americana radio chart and appeared in the following Top Ten lists: P2, No Depression, KGSR (Austin), WFUV (New York), Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle.

$15.00 CD