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Richard Slaid Cleaves, 9 June 1964, Berwick, Maine, USA. Cleaves stark vignettes of desperate people are far from the designer country of the new millennium, and his influences are Woody Guthrie (Cleaves put music to his verse, This Morning I Am Born Again) and Hank Williams, for whom he recorded a tribute song, 29.
Cleaves performed in local bands in his home town, but thought he might turn professional after turning to busking to raise some money while studying in Cork, Eire in the mid-80s. He obtained a degree in English and Philosophy but preferred music, working with his brother and drummer, Mark Cousins, in the Moxie Men. They released the live cassettes, The Promise and Looks Good From The Road (later reissued by Rock Bottom Records). In 1991, Cleaves moved to Austin, Texas with his fiancée, Karen, and while there, released two albums of his own songs, Lifes Other Side and For The Brave And...