Slaid Cleaves appreciates the power of a good sad song. He’s written a few good ones of his own, too — songs about displacement, songs about grief, songs about mortality. Cleaves is certainly the only artist in American music to write a song (“Temporary”) with lyrics assembled from tombstone epitaphs.
“Hey, we’re going to sing a lot of sad songs tonight,” Cleaves often says on stage, kindly, cordially, as a matter of introduction. “And somehow, it’s going to make us all happy.”
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Slaid Cleaves album release
When: 5 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar