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Hi Slaid, are the physical albums on your site CDs or LPs? Also the albums that are only available as downloads in mp3 is not the format I would like. Just my 2 cents.


Slaid Cleaves responded on 12/15/2018
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Hi, Thanks for your input. We used to have some vinyl, but it's just CDs and mp3s at the moment. -Slaid

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I live in Georgetown Texas and I wonder if you might be available for kind of a little jam session with a few friends. I can afford the price of admission and we would thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to meet and greet you.
Thank you very much,
Tom Kuzmich


Slaid Cleaves responded on 12/14/2018
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Hey Tom, Thanks for writing. I'm not much into jamming. If you are looking to book a private show with meet and greet, please contact Karen at slaidcleavesbooking@gmail.com.

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Hi Slaid,
I am from Minnesota. Ran across your music somewhere and it's incredible stuff. Any plans on touring the Midwest?

Bob


Slaid Cleaves responded on 12/09/2018
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Thanks Bob. We are looking into a Midwest tour for Summer 2019. Stay tuned!

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Hey Slaid, my name is Troy Breslow and I'm a singer songwriter based in Nashville (since January) originally from VA and I've been on tour nonstop this year. Earlier this year I accepted a prestigious award in my hometown of Norfolk and Sorrow and Smoke was the first record I put on that same night on my way back to my home in Tennessee. Had an emotional moment with "One Good Year" because I had finally proven myself in my hometown (which is known as cover band hell) as an original artist, and I had finally made the leap to the big bad city. I can't tell you how many gigs I've headed to and fro whilst listening to your music. I would love to see you play sometime in Tennessee. Any tour plans on the dixie circuit for 2019?

All the best,
-Troy


Slaid Cleaves responded on 12/02/2018
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Hey Troy, thanks for writing. Congratulations on making the big leap. I did the same thing - Portland, ME to Austin, TX - 27 years ago this month. It took a long time to come to fruition, but it has turned out to be a good move. Persistence is key (and a partner with a decent job). I've had a hard time finding decent gigs in Tennessee - there are plenty of better offers elsewhere in this wide world, so that's where I'll be going in the future. Good luck to you sir! -Slaid

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We would love to see you come to the Detroit/AnnArbor/Clarkston area.


Slaid Cleaves responded on 11/27/2018
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I would love that, too. I see you are on the mailing list. We'll let you know if we're headed that way.

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I need you to come to Texas!! I’m a huge fan of your music. Any idea of when you can come to Texas?


Slaid Cleaves responded on 11/27/2018
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Um, I live in Texas and we played four Texas shows last week.

But we're off the road for a few months now. Next Texas shows will be April 2019.

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Hello Slaid, I enjoyed your podcast with Otis Gibbs, and am now a fan of your music. Your songs are as cool as your name. Q- if you were just starting today as a singer-songwriter, what city would you move to? Having been to NYC, LA, and Austin, the decision was made (for me), that the rent is too damn high. Ha. But seriously would you still go to Austin? Anything you’d do differently these days?


Slaid Cleaves responded on 11/26/2018
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Thanks for writing. Otis is the best. As the years go by I realize more and more just how lucky I was to arrive in Austin in the early 1990s, when rent was cheap, traffic was light, several radio stations worked hard and effectively to promote local music, and there were plenty of opportunities for aspiring musicians. Even in that supportive environment, it took 8 years of struggle, failure, determination, and many champions (most importantly, wife Karen) to find enough audience to enable me to pay my bills (and debts).

I'm pretty sure the type of environment I benefited from exists nowhere on earth today. It's an entirely different world today, and an aspiring musician needs to hunt for the opportunities that are out there to build a community with like-minded musicians, hone their craft, and find an audience. I suppose the answer lies in the digital realm, of which I know little. I could barely afford Austin in the 1990s. So, no, I would not go to Austin if I were starting out today