Slinger is Native American and a member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation (aka the Rosebud Sioux Tribe). He is originally from South Dakota and moved to the Twin Cities in 2003. He got his first guitar at the age of six, but it was only in tune once and more or less became a toy. He was reintroduced to the guitar seventeen years later when one of his closest friends showed him a tablature book. In minutes, Slinger was able to play the intro to one of his favorite songs and was completely hooked. That night, he borrowed the book and an acoustic guitar from his buddy and has been playing ever since.
As a self-taught guitarist, he learned all the usual guitar tricks before learning chord names and music theory. Although he learned plenty of songs by his favorite artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Metallica, GNR, Santana, and many others, Slinger never joined any cover bands. Over the years, he developed an appreciation for many musical genres, which helped him shape his own playing style. He is always searching for his own perfect tone.
- Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave him a personal tour of the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, including her judge's chambers which was filled with Native American art.
- Has been to the tops of the Empire State Building in New York City, Sears Tower in Chicago, Stratosphere in Las Vegas, and the Space Needle in Seattle.
- In case you heard of a movie called "The Color of Money": Slinger won a game of 9-ball against the real-life "Fast Eddie" Felson, who was giving a billiards demonstration at The Pool Room in Lawrence, Kansas. Coincidentally, Slinger used to work with actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's nephew in Lawrence, Kansas. In the movie, "Fast Eddie" was played by Paul Newman and Mastrantonio played a character named "Carmen". Oddly enough, there was a time when Slinger hustled pool in order to eat while living in Lawrence, Kansas.
- Was a deadly three-point shooter in his basketball-playing days, which led to someone calling him a gunslinger one summer in the late-80s (the nickname stuck and he prefers the abbreviated version)