Hey Slaid! Looking forward to seeing you in May in Maine. I'd like to revisit a question posted 4 years ago regarding vinyl. Not just hipsters anymore. It's made a big comeback and many artists are releasing on it. I would humbly suggest a limited release of your next album on vinyl. Even if it were 100 copies offered autographed on your website. I would be blown away if they didn't sell. Mike
Appreciate your enthusiasm, Mike. I checked a pressing site on line. If I were to release my double live record Sorrow & Smoke with artwork it would cost me about $4500 for the minimum order of 300 (plus shipping). That's $15/unit cost, minimum. Packaging and postage from the web site would add $5, minimum. My cost could be as high as $20 per album. Plus it's a lotta work, and I got songs to write!
Hello Mr. Cleaves,
I am a young man from Kansas who has really found himself inspired by your music and songwriting abilities. I am working hard and aspiring to one day play the guitar and sing as well as you do. I was wondering what your first guitar was as well as which guitar you enjoy playing most today? Once again I appreciate the work and love you put into your music, as many like me do.
Matthew, Manhattan KS
Just wanted to thank you bro. Your music was a beautiful escape throughout my deployments to Iraq 2004-2006. Whatever horrible, unbelievable crap was going on, when I finally got back to my rack and turned your music on, I wasn't in a world of sh*t, but back in Alabama with my dog and my girl. Thank You.
10 years on, your music still takes me away. Your words on "Still fighting the war" ring so true. It will never get easier, but knowing the load is shared is a blessing. Keep writing my man, you have a gift.
Best to you,