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No, Big Jim Slade is not the brother or even the distant cousin of Big Bad John. And no, Big Jim is not a blues musician from Dothan, Alabama. In fact, Big Jim Slade is a rock trio hailed as "one of the best new rock bands out of Denver." Vocalist/guitarist Slaus Brown-Paul is from New York but migrated out West in 1994, soon to be joined by bassist/vocalist Curtis Wedel and drummer Thad Beebe. Together, the three produce a full, vocal-driven rock sound that doesn't rip the rafters but maintains a steady, soulful beat. Apparently, fans are wild about them up the road where they frequently play the Bluebird Theatre, the Gothic and the Soiled Dove.

Their recently released CD, befuddled, alternates between hard drinkin' songs, sweet reminiscenses of childhood in three-part harmony and songs with a social conscience -- all tight, all smart, all eminently listenable.

But here's what really intrigues me: In the acknowledgements on their CD sleeve, Big Jim Slade name the usual players from the music biz then, hey! They thank Abraham Lincoln. And shortly after the 16th president, they thank Burton boards and binders. Am I missing something here? Are these guys snowboarding patriots?

To learn more, check out their act at Tres Hombres on Saturday night. Word has it they put on one heck of a live show.

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