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8/12/22 - Videos 

Here are a few videos I found stashed away. 

Juniper Tree from Giving My Bones to the Western Lands

I'm Going Home from Giving My Bones to the Western Lands

No Place I Belong. Unreleased song written several years ago.

Traditional (I think) song played on a longneck mountain banjo I built.

7/31/22 - New Album Tracklist 

My fingers are sore as hell from playing bass, and I smell like shit from sweating in a hot garage for a few days. I finished up most of the writing and demoing for the new album this weekend. I just have a couple things left to do - for example, editing out that dumb placeholder line about stealing a birthday cake from a child - and then we'll be ready to record. If all goes according to the plan, you'll have no idea what I'm talking about. I'm really excited about getting this record out and into your hands.

It's still untitled. However I will say that it's a concept album written from the perspective of a circular firing squad. You figure out what that means. For me, it's about trying to be better than the ones who came before you, and also about realizing how stuck you are to the ones who came before, even if you don't want to be. We'll see what you think. It's the culmination of a lifetime of trouble, sorted out over a bunch of campfires in the desert here in the Four Corners area.

Coming out from Pittsburgh to record us will be my good friend Trevor Richards of the stoner/doom metal band The Long  Hunt. I'm also going to be joined by drummer Mario Garcia from The Imperial Rooster, lead guitarist extraordinaire Jered Davis of Midnight Backhand, and multi-instrumentalist Ja Speed of Tavaputs, Sits In Trees, and Awna Teixiera (formerly of Po' Girl).

I'm struggling not to post a couple of these pre-session demos, but as soon as I can share something, I will. I think you're gonna like this one. I've never worked harder or been more honest on a record before this one. More info soon. Best I can do right now is offer up the tracklist. Thanks for your support. I'll catch you soon.

1-Ouroboros
2-Crooked Teeth
3-Somebody Else's Name
4-Mama's Favorite Son
5-I'd Rather Be A Bastard
6-Old Farmhouse
7-We Were Lurkers
8-The Worst Part of Me
9-Goddamn It, It's Christmas
10-Blackheart I
11-Blackheart II

 

"When God picked up some old ball of shit did he know he was making a man?"

-Crooked Teeth

6/25/22 - New Website + New Music Soon! 

Howdy! I just launched a new website. Getting ready to record a new album, so I figured it'd be a good idea to have some kinda web presence. The songs are just about done. I don't want to say too much just yet, but I'm really happy with it. I've been working on it on and off for five years or so. I'm hoping to have it out by the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023.

I'll keep updating this site as I get time, but just keep an eye out for news from me. And if you don't mind, tell your friends on your social medias and whatnots and what-have-yous. I'm not really into that sort of thing. Slackeye Slim is not promoted or marketed by anyone. Not even by me most of the time. If you like what I'm doing, please spread the word. I'd sure appreciate it. Talk soon.

MUSIC

I don't want yer money, Pardner. Digital downloads are always free, but donations are kindly appreciated. Physical copies are as cheap as I can make 'em. Sorry about the shipping costs. I'm just tryin' to break even.

El Santo Grial: La Pistola Piadosa

Slackeye Slim

Texas Whore Pleaser

Slackeye Slim

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BIO

Instead of counting streams, chasing likes on social media, or making thirty second videos desperately begging for attention on that Tik Tak or whatever it's called, Slackeye Slim has always stayed true to himself, his love for the American West, and his accidentally earned enigmatic reputation.  Sometime around 2010, Slim was amused by a rumor he saw circulating online that he didn’t actually exist. Naturally, he decided to run with it.   

Like many of the leathered-skinned, sand-blasted, sullen and desperate characters which populate his stories, Slackeye Slim seems more apparition than man, shifting in and out of the material consciousness, showing up when you least expect him, and disappearing for years at a time in between.” - Saving Country Music  

Slackeye Slim has been the de facto OG of the western genre since 2006. Taking influence from an abrupt decision to move to Butte, Montana at the age of 21 and working for a year as a classic country radio DJ, Slackeye Slim abandoned his early influences in punk and metal and traded them in for country music. After struggling to make ends meet in Montana, he returned to his native Ohio and got his start singing the over-the-top cowboy songs found on his first album "Texas Whore Pleaser" accompanied by distorted acoustic guitar at legendary punk rock dive bars like Annabelle's in Akron.

Coming up during the rise of the early 2000’s underground country scene, a movement in which he never fit in, he now finds himself not fitting in with the current resurgence of western musicians. No matter what was in fashion at the time, he has always chosen to pursue music on his own terms without worrying about the outcome; quietly pouring over his songs, releasing them for free or pay what you want, and then immediately vanishing into the emptiness of the American West again to live outside of the spotlight. 

Slackeye Slim has been described as “what it would sound like if Ennio Morricone wanted to be Link Wray when he grew up” - No Depression. “He never intended to be a part of any genre, but it didn’t stop his 2011 album El Santo Grial: La Pistola Piadosa from becoming one of the best western-inspired albums in the dying gasps of the alternative country movement.” - The Musical Divide  

While all eyes were on him following the release of his second album "El Santo Grial: La Pistola Piadosa," Slackeye weighed his options. With things linings up in his favor to break out of the underground, he decided to skip pursuing a career as a musician and instead moved to a 2000 acre ranch in western Colorado. He began working on his third album, "Giving My Bones to the Western Lands." Recorded entirely in the abandoned homestead buildings on the ranch, this album marked a shift in focus from metaphysical cowboy tales to more personal songwriting, although there was still plenty of irreverent gunslinger swagger to be found.  

In the spring of 2020, Slackeye decided to use his music to help raise money for organizations on the front lines of covid relief. Performing several online streams from remote and incredibly scenic locations around SW Colorado, and organizing a benefit for Navajo and Pueblo covid relief, he was able to help raise nearly $10,000 dollars from all of his fundraising efforts. 

Currently, Slackeye Slim lives in the middle of nowhere in the desert of Southwest Colorado where he raises a family, roams the surrounding canyon country in search of Ancestral Puebloan ruins, and builds his own instruments.

He is working on his fourth album, slated to be released sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.