With a collection of second-hand instruments and a voice that Lonesome Highway calls a “worn baritone that is both narrator and distorted ghost traveler,” former carnie, radio dj, and music writer Joe Frankland began writing as Slackeye Slim in 2006. Slackeye Slim began as an experiment in creating original music by borrowing elements of several unrelated styles and bending them until they fit together.
The results of this experiment have been called “a step into a totally new universe. Part spaghetti western, parts sonic landscape with nods of the hat to Nick Cave, Tom Waits, and The Velvet Underground” by Truth About Music. “This is what Ennio Morricone would sound like if he wanted to be Link Wray when he grew up,” says No Depression about Slackeye Slim.
Since 2007, Slackeye Slim has released two full-length albums and one EP. In 2011, Slackeye Slim's second album, "El Santo Grial: La Pistola Piadosa" was met with critical acclaim, and went on to be called Album of the Year by Saving Country Music and No Depression's Adam Sheets.
Slackeye Slim has played all over the United States with acts such as Th'Legendary Shack Shakers, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, 357 String Band, Jayke Orvis & the Broken Band, and Those Poor Bastards.
Frankland currently lives a reclusive life in the southwest Wisconsin countryside where he continues to develop new material for Slackeye Slim.