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Slats Klug

December 13, 1951 - May 05, 2021

Obituary For Slats Klug

Slats Klug, a musician, composer and producer, died peacefully in Bloomington, Indiana on Wednesday May 5, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer.
He was born Harry Klug Jr., December 13, 1951 in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the son of Ruth Booker Stillman and Harry V. Klug. Given the nickname of Slats at a young age because he was skinny, it stuck with him the rest of his life. His early life was spent in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
He settled on playing music at an early age. A seasoned multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, he spent time playing in and around New York City before moving to Bloomington, Indiana. In Bloomington he formed the swamp-rock band Mojo Hand, recording albums and playing shows nationally.
He was best known for a series of albums exploring the history of Brown County. Beginning with the 1997 album “The Liars’ Bench”, he wrote songs based on research of the characters, places, and stories he found. “I like being near, but not from, Brown County. By having a certain stranger’s point of view I get the best of both worlds.” He was eager to use area musicians and singers to bring the stories to life, and he was generous with the spotlight.
The albums are now a treasured part of Brown County’s legacy and a source of pride for the people that make it their home.
He is survived by his long-time partner, Jane Mitchell, and an older sister, Kathleen Case of Ukiah, California.
Slats was an animal lover. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Brown County Humane society or the Monroe County Humane society.
“And I know when the time’s right
Gonna go, gonna take flight
Sail into the twilight
Hummin’ in the old blue haze.”

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Slats and my orbits haven't overlapped for 40+ years and now they do with one letter missing. I was his father's colleague at Juniata College, where aslats visited periodically in the 70's and 80's. I'd enjoy sharing reminiscences, Jane. With sadness, Jack Troy, potter
- Jack Troy
I attended many shows and performances of Slats. As a native Hoosier born, raised and living near Nashville, I can say that he captured its essence. He was a true poet.
- Mary Ann

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