35: Meet David Slade

If you’ve only ever known David Slade as a singer for the band American Princes, you'd probably assume he's pretty rowdy. But this mild mannered husband and father is far more tranquil than turbulent. 

1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: David Slade; Lawyer (Carney Bates & Pulliam, PLLC); since 1993 (with a 5-year break for college and a year in NYC...1997-2002); Hillcrest.

2. You're still a relatively new dad. Where is your favorite LR place to spend time with your wife and son? One thing I truly love about Little Rock is the number of great parks we have at our disposal. There are so many wonderful opportunities for families to spend time together outdoors (a necessity one does not truly appreciate until a toddler comes into the mix), and I commend all of the folks who've made this happen. Our personal favorite is Prospect Terrace Park. There's a great playground, and it's in this lovely, quiet neighborhood.  

I also love going to the Museum of Discovery. In my early adolescence, I used to work at this place in Connecticut called the Eli Whitney Museum, which provided young people with opportunities to work on all sorts of projects related to scientific disciplines, history, woodworking, robotics--you name it. It had a huge impact on kids in the community, and some really special, creative people got their start there. I see the same principles at play with the Museum of Discovery, and I think it does a lot for young folks in Arkansas (plus, I like to play with the exhibits). As a parent, I'm grateful for that resource.

3. When you were on tour with the Princes, what was the first restaurant meal you wanted upon your return? Well, coming back from tour usually meant we had spent nearly all of our money, so getting out to a restaurant was a dicey proposition. But that said, I always tended to head to Vino's as soon as possible. I definitely associate their pizza and beer with my re-acclimation to Little Rock, post-tour.

4. What is the best kept secret in Little Rock? There are many. I'm sure a lot of folks will say that the city, itself, is the best kept secret. Between the low cost of living and the astounding number of creative, quirky folks, per capita, I think this place is more or less paradise. I spent eight years touring the country, confirming these suspicions, too.

5. Who is the most interesting person you've met in LR? I could go all day, here.  The city is filled with compelling people: gardeners, restaurateurs, music makers, sneaker-store entrepreneurs, lawyers, painters, slackers, grifters, preachers, writers...I think the one thing I really can't do is to pick one from the pack.  

That said: 

While I never *met* the man in the classic sense -- i.e., introducing myself or engaging in anything remotely resembling a conversation; or even just uttering some sort of communicative sound in the general area of the guy -- I have on several occasions been in the general vicinity of Charles Portis, my all-time favorite author. Again: I don't know the guy from Adam, so I can't speak to his personality, but I'll say that I am fascinated by his work and by what little I've learned about him. So those one or two times I've awkwardly fumbled past the author of Norwood and True Grit at the Faded Rose have been pleasantly electrifying for me.  

I probably listened to the American Princes' album Other People (2008, Yep Roc Records) on repeat for about a year -- and rightly so. It was named Album of the Year by Magnet Magazine. You should probably take advantage of this polar vortex and have an American Princes listening party.