Slaid Cleaves

by Jen on July 14, 2007

in Everyone is entitled to my opinion,Soundtrack of My Life

The Hubster and I went to see Slaid Cleaves last night. It was by far the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

It was a casual sort of show at the local Club which attracts those indie artists and D-list musicians that I like so much. I’ve been there countless times, so I felt pretty good assuring The Hubster that it wouldn’t be too crowded, that we didn’t need to get tickets ahead of time or get there too early to get a table. I didn’t think that that he’d be that big a draw in this area.

Boy was I wrong.

The place was jammed when we got there a half hour before show time (and only a half hour after the doors opened). We ended up standing. The crowd was a very diverse group, by age and appearance, but everyone was looking like they were anticipating a good show. No one looked like they were unfamiliar with Cleaves and had just wandered in to check him out.

Cleaves and his band were fantastic. First of all, I just love his voice. He started his set with some of his own choices, like “Flowered Dresses,” but soon played only requests from the audience. He played “Breakfast in Hell,” after commenting that they have a policy that they’ll only play it if it’s requested by three different people who all use the correct song title (I wonder what people call it? Maybe Sandy Gray?).

When “Lydia” was requested immediately after, he asked the crowd, “Do you all really want to hear two workplace disaster songs back to back?” (I was the girl who yelled “Yes!” at the top of her lungs from the back).

One song that they performed that I’d never heard and that doesn’t appear anywhere on his discography was “He’s Six.” It was written by Cleaves’ bassist Ivan Brown:

He’s wild… He’s six
He… pokes things with sticks.

I want a copy of it! But the link to it on the FAQ on Cleaves’ site is broken.

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1 single grrl February 9, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Hi JenI’ve always loved that one myself. I’ve been a fan of Slaid’s since he was a local here in new England. We were sorely disappointed to lose him to Texas, that’s for sure. Be he’s doing well there, so it’s all good. Did you find a copy of “He’s Six” yet?

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