There are those nights when a cool spring evening, a full house, and a songwriter sharing his sad stories come together, an alchemy that creates a magical experience. That was the Slaid Cleaves show at North Shore Point House Concerts.
Cleaves moved to Austin from Maine in 1991 to make a career as a songwriter. It took a while. "Brokedown" earned him play, mostly on public radio stations, after a decade banging on doors. His two latest albums, "Still Fighting the War" and "Ghost on the Car Radio," are his most complete, incisive works.
He drew liberally from them during two sets under the big tent in Norfolk before about 200 people, tossing in a few funny tales, a few sad tales, a bit of yodeling, and two unplugged walks through the crowd.
Upcoming shows at North Shore Point House include:
Kelly Willis -- June 9. | Click for info.
Nicole Atkins -- July 14 | Click for info.
Words and footage by Jim Morrison. Check out Jim's blog at Jimsravesnrants.wordpress.com.