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“Someday I’d like to have something living in Vegas. Some sort of residency would be optimal.”

The Weekly interview: Vegas native Mark Slaughter talks new album and Nashville ‘ha-a-air’

May 18th, 2017

“Someday I’d like to have something living in Vegas. Some sort of residency would be optimal.”

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