Steve Slade

Steve Slade

BandFolk

This is quality acoustic music by a veteran songwriter, musician and entertainer who can cross genres and generations with ease, style & wit. Brenda Barnes, the Producer of the 2005 Frostbite Music Festival calls Steve Slade "the most excellent ambassador for Yukon music"

Biography

Steve has performed in concert, coffeehouses and various festivals from the Yukon to Newfoundland and throughout the continental United States and Alaska.

He has performed for princes and premiers, daycares and nightclubs. His prodigious repertoire and intelligent, yet affecting, original songs seem to strike a universal chord.

He has appeared on various national TV and radio broadcasts and his recordings receive weekly air play on all three local radio stations as well as other national, international and regional shows including regular rotation on Alaska Public Radio.

His original compositions have been covered and recorded by various northern artists and numerous closet musicians.

After a self imposed hiatus from performance to concentrate on his parenting skills, Steve has returned to the concert stage. His recent appearances include the Frostbite Music Festival, a Bluebird North Concert with Sylvia Tyson, Gary Fjellgaard and Dave Peckell; the nationally broadcast CBC True North Concert; a songwriter's in the round concert for the Canada Council; and the South East Alaska State Fair where he shared the bill with such diverse artists as George Winston, Steve Earle, Elvin Bishop and Peter Rowan.

Lyrics

virginia

Written By: steve slade

Virginia

It was in the year of '84,
I laid my tools down
And walked away from the mine
The ore was thin, the price was low
The company said we're down to skin and bones
Tempered by the times.

Virginia, What can I say?
I promised you a life something's gone astray.
Virginia, What can I say?
I promised you a life something's gone astray.

With wife and kids, dog and cat
We headed on the road back, east, living with the folks.
She slung beer in the bar, I worked fixing cars
Tried to save enough for a "poke".

But all those heads under one roof
I started to become aloof
I realize now my temper often flared.
I watched my dreams turn into dust
Started in to drink too much
But Virginia, even then you know I cared

Virginia, What can I say?
I promised you a life something's gone astray.
Virginia, It's easy lookin' back,
We were tempered by the times and the monkey on my back -

Virgina ---

I started stayin' out late at night
Come home drunk and start a fight
For reasons I don't know or understand.
But I never thought I'd sink so low
Lash out and strike a blow
My heart lost control of my hands.
For a year or two, we lived like this
Emotions on a precipice
Domestic violence was the norm
Then one morning I came back
From an all night drunk and I found her packed
She said; "you're not gonna do us any more harm".

Virgina ---

Virginia ---

Virginia's in Toronto now,
She's got the kids, made a home
Tryin' to make a life for them that's stable.
Me I'm still here fixin' cars,
I try to stay out of the bars
I send them love and money when I'm able

Virginia, What can I say?
I promised you a life something's gone astray.
Virginia, It's easy lookin' back,
We were tempered by the times and the monkey on my back -

Virgina, you know I take the blame,
I done things to you of which I'm so ashamed ---

Virigina --- what can I say?
Virginia --- what can I say?
Virginia --- what can I say? ---

On the Caribou recording of this song, i capo on the fourth fret of the guitar which puts the song into the key of C#m.
Lately, when i play the song, i've been capoing on the second fret, which puts me into the key of Bm.
On Bruce & Deb Bergman's recording of the song, I believe they too are in the key of Bm.
This a four chord song - a bar each of - Am - C - G - Am -
with the odd E chord thrown in the stops.

my lovely saskatchewan rose

Written By: steve slade

D A
Waltzing with you
D G
would be heaven my darling
D Bm A A7
The melody flows through your eyes
D A
And how gentle the tempo
D G
as we both step lightly
D A D
My Lovely Saskatchewan Rose

G Em D Bm
Some sing of Lilacs of lavender hue
Em G Bm D
Some sing of orchids & violets so blue
G Em D Bm
But the fairest of flowers, as everyone knows
D A D
Is My Lovely Saskatchewan Rose

(solo over changes)

(repeat w tag x3)

there is both piano sheet music and charts available for this song.

flying into inuvik

Written By: steve slade

written with Mr Maclellan's Grade 5 Class
Sir Alexander MacKenzie School - Inuvik NWT (Feb 02)

I like this song so much, I recorded it as the title track of my latest CD.

Flying into Inuvik
Air North DC-3
I see the town below
Where my heart longs to be

Went out playing hockey
Came in first place
Can't wait to tell my mom
See the look on her face

Flying into Inuvik
Air North DC-3
I see the town below
Where my heart longs to be

Next week we'll go fishing
With old Grampa Joe
We'll catch lots of whitefish
Have a real good time I know

Flying into Inuvik
Air North DC-3
I see the town below
Where my heart longs to be

Flying into Inuvikā€¦

Discography

flying into inuvik (2005)
this would be me (2003)
Valley Voices Compilation (2003 - Shelter Valley)
Slade / Zenovitch / Chouinard (out of print)
The Yukon Collection (Caribou Records)
Another Day in Paradise (CBC Yukon Compilation)
Dizzy Grizzly (out of print)
Farrago Folk Festival 1981(out of print)

Set List

Steve subscribes to the Guy Clark songwriting dictum - "a good songwriter doesn't write set lists, they develop repertoire".

When not performing one of the many original tunes from his repertoire, Steve will often pull out tunes by other northern writers from the Yukon and Alaska.

Steve has a prodigious repertoire and on any given night you might find him adding the soul of motown or ray charles, the pop sensibilities of van morrison or bob dylan, the bluesy grit of willie dixon or freddie king, the country charms of gene autrey and hank williams sr, a couple of jazz standards and probably even a gospel song or two. oh yeah, and the folk stuff too!

You might even get him to yodel a jimmy rodgers tune and throw in a few acappella numbers.

Any given performance may include songs by: ray charles, jimmy rodgers, gene autrey, bobby charles, the rolling stones, aa milne, leonard cohen, bill staines, willie dixon, van morrison, peggy lee, robert johnson, stompin' tom, bob dylan,