Flu be gone! Slaid and Karen are feeling healthy and looking forward to hooking up with “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb for a string of April dates in Texas and just over the border in Arkansas and New Mexico. Details on the tour page.
It started so nicely, sunny and warm for two days in Seattle. The Northwest shows were packed with fun people. But something happened when we crossed into California. We all got the flu, then I got bronchitis. We had to cancel three shows. We struggled mightily through the rest. The crowds were supportive – they knew we were giving it our all: Karen, Chojo and myself. But it was hard. Then it rained on us in LA. And on our way home we found out our dear friend Kent Finlay had passed away. I’m going to curl up into a ball for a few days.
Heading to McCabe’s, damn the bronchitis.
We left it all on the field last night in Santa Cruz. Got nothing left for Santa Barbara. Sorry.
We are in rough shape but think we can make it through the show tonight in Santa Cruz (sold out, BTW). Just don’t get within three feet of us!
Regretfully, we’ve decided to pull the plug on Slaid’s show tonight at The Palms. Slaid and crew have been battling a head cold with cough for a few days now and unless you’re up for Karaoke, we won’t be able to do the show . . . So sorry for the inconvenience to all. Advance ticket holders can get refunds at place of purchase
Please keep en eye on slaid.com/twitter/facebook for updates on the remaining dates of the California Tour.
We’re heading to Sebastopol tonight, not feeling great, but fairly confident we can pull off a good show. Might not be able to chat around the CD table though.
Tonight’s (2/24) show at The Freight & Salvage has been cancelled due to illness. Stay tuned for updates on the rest of the California Tour.
Heads Up, Left Coasters: I’ll be heading your way soon, with erstwhile Californian Chojo Jacques on fiddle and mandolin and expert Road Wrangler Karen Cleaves keeping everything going smooth.
We’ll be hitting Seattle, Bellingham, Portland, Sisters, Redding, Arcata, Sebastopol, Winters, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica.
Get all the details here at slaid.com.
Happy New Year to all! Didn’t see a whole lot of you at Barton Springs on New year’s Day, but then, it was pretty nippy outside.
Though you haven’t heard from us for a while, we’ve been hard at work, putting together a bunch or tours (Karen), and even writing a few new songs (Slaid). We’ll be kicking off 2015 with a handful of Texas shows this weekend, followed by tours of the West Coast (February),more Texas (April), the Northeast (May), the UK (May/June) and the annual Summer Tour from Texas to Maine. That last one is still in the works, but you can check out all the others on the TOUR PAGE now.
What else is in store for 2015, you ask (or not)? Well, we haven’t quite figured out the technical side yet, but we’re hoping to put out several digital mini-releases this year: out-takes, demos, alt versions, live takes, maybe even a sneak preview of some brand-new songs. So keep an eye on slaid.com, as we’ll be offering these downloads exclusively on the site for a limited time.
Thanks, and hope to see a bunch of you out there in 2015!
Karen & Slaid Cleaves