SHERMAN, Tex. - Hot Summer Nights is “Hotter Than Ever”. This the 14th year for the HOT SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERT SERIES that runs every Thursday evening in June and July. We are kicking it off June 5, 2008 with local favorite Little Big Iron at 7:30PM and then taking the stage is headliner Texas singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves at 8:00PM. Slaid Cleaves' music is marked by both the quirky blend of isolated eccentricity and steely resilience of his Yankee upbringing and the weathered soul of Texas, the state he has called home for over a decade now. First registering on the national folk scene by winning the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk competition in 1992, Cleaves released his national debut No Angel Knows (Philo/Rounder) in 1997. After releasing "Broke Down" he won "Song of the Year" at the Austin Music Awards in 2001.
Following Broke Down came 2004's Wishbones (Philo/Rounder), a richly detailed exploration of life's darker corners where still a ray of hope somehow shines. Wishbones climbed to the top of the Americana Radio chart coming in at #1 for 2004 while Slaid toured relentlessly promoting the album.
It was after the recording of Wishbones that Cleaves began to consider the endeavor that became Unsung. "Over the years," Cleaves explains, "as I grew as a songwriter, my songs began to make up the bulk of my sets. But I continued to throw in the odd song by a hero or friend, both in my shows and on the records I made. I did that partly out of tribute to my influences, but also to give my set, or album, some context and some variety." These are songs from the songwriter trenches - compositions Cleaves first heard at late-night song-swaps, open-mic nights, during downtime at recording sessions, and on modest self-released CDs. Thanks to the work of producers David Henry and Rod Picott (a long-time Cleaves cohort and fellow Mainer), the performances and backdrops on Unsung are as evocative and captivating as the songs themselves. Cleaves' gifts as an interpreter are such that the line between singer and song vanish completely.
Shawnda Rains, Sherman Tourism Director says, “Bring the kids, bring the lawn chairs, bring the grandparents and the neighbors! It’s FREE!! For a relaxing evening under the white stars of Sherman and some great live music, head over to the Sherman’s Municipal Lawn and the Oliver Dewey Mayor Gazebo Stage for HOT SUMMER NIGHTS. Music starts at 7:30 and goes until we call it a night….normally around 10PM!” Lions Club Concessions Trailer will be on hand with hot dogs, hamburgers, and more. Hot Summer Nights is sponsored by American Bank of Texas, KXII, Nationwide Insurance Team Rake, Bob Utter Ford, Sartin & Associates, Lake Texoma Dental Care, and the Sherman Department of Tourism.
For details and summer schedule, go to http://www.hotsummernights.org.