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I wear two hats: one of the cowboy, the other the jazz man

Silvanus Slaughter's (or Silvio as he is known regionally) third album fuses rock, folk, funk, a little jazz, and authentic country into a wry-but-romantic style uniquely his own. Anyone bemoaning the scarcity of soul, melodicism or insight in modern pop need go no further.

"I didn't come to composing and performing until mid-life, after careers as a journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. It was a logical emergence as I had collected all types of music since I was a kid on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, saving up my dimes for the next pop, hard rock or soundtrack album. I traveled a lot and lived in various cities to experience myself in many scenes, and I think all of this conspired to lend my songs a gravity and depth more akin to artists of a previous era. Their songs and their myths - which I had taken on my journey - had shaped my own colorful, and sometimes dangerous, life. Some people note a cinematic quality to my writing akin to Joni Mitchell. I compose in many genres, but I'm fundamentally a troubadour with a guitar and piano who dances between storytelling and confession. The art of fusing styles has always fascinated me, as well as the beauty of language. One should not be surprised to hear a tune that somehow marries Folk-Rock with Electronica, Psychedelic Soul, or the vibe of a crime-jazz film score. I'm always looking for the frame that the spirit of my songs demand, which then dictates my arrangements.

In 2004, when I first picked up an instrument, I committed myself to bringing forth and finishing two major works, a pop-folk-rock-funk trilogy called "Constellations Compromised", and a seven volume marathon called "Symphonic Jazz-Pop Abstractions." The latter Jazz-Pop volumes remain unreleased, but "Many Realms" sampler on the In Progress page of my website provides a preview. I wear two hats: one of the cowboy, the other the jazz man. Both men sing and write about the dignity of the individual and his or her quest for love and meaning, and the many roads that search creates."

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