Slaid Cleaves is a past winner of the prestigious 'New Folk' competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. His 1997 debut album No Angel Knows received widespread accolades from the press ('. . . one of the most accomplished singer-songwriter collections recorded by anyone in years.' [New Country]; '. . . part folk, part country, all fabulous!' [The Birmingham News]). Broke Down is the follow-up to that remarkable debut, easily fulfilling the promise of its predecessor. Framed by simple country-folk arrangements and produced by Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Butch Hancock), the 10 songs on this album paint bleak landscapes dotted with broken dreams and broken-down cars. There are straightforward tales of love wasted and love lost, songs of despair and songs of hope. There's something so simple in his writing that it speaks to us all. Cleaves takes the American experience and translates it to song.