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RICHARD BUCKNER

Spin magazine described Buckner as “equal parts Bay Area bohemian and dust bowl traditionalist” and named Bloomed one of its best albums of 1994, while Pitchfork wrote, “It’s a traditional outsider-country record in the lineage of Townes Van Zandt. Buckner’s voice is all honey and oak, his guitar style elaborately twanging, his constant subject matter heartache.” Richard Buckner provides some background on the album: Bloomed was originally (erroneously?) released on an unnamable German label in 1994. I was living in San Francisco at the time, having just moved out of a residential hotel and into the 1906 hilltop prefab that adorns the cover. At the time, I was heading a band called The Doubters. We were playing high profile events such as The Covered Wagon Saloon’s Musical Barstools, but weren’t making much headway. We had been turned down consistently every year by SXSW, but I was somehow finagled in as an unannounced guest onto an already unofficial SXSW showcase created by Butch Hancock at his gallery in downtown Austin. There, I met up again with Lloyd Maines, who agreed to produce my first record. Maines and I met in Lubbock, TX, a few months later, where we worked with Lubbock musicians in a small recording studio walled in wooden shingles Sharpied with bible passages from various church groups that also enjoyed working there. It was 112°F the morning I arrived under the suspicious (Californians are merely B-grade yankees) gaze of downtown’s Buddy Holly statue. That first night there, it hailed so hard that heaven’s angry pellets were storming in under my motel door. It only let up for a few moments that first night, allowing me to run across the street to get a butter burger and fries to go. We finished four days later and I flew back to San Francisco, dismembered the band, and embarked on a tour that would last about 20 years (or a few days, if you count what I actually remember). Nothing’s changed. I’m still dodging the sky and busking to strangers.

TRACK LISTING

1. Blue And Wonder
2. Rainsquall
3. 22
4. Mud
5. Six Years
6. This Is Where
7. Gauzy Dress In The Sun
8. Daisychain
9. Desire
10. Up North
11. Surprise, AZ
12. Cradle To The Angel

Bonus Track Info:
1. The Last Ride
2. Settled Down
3. The Worst Way
4. Emma
5. Hutchinson - Recorded In 1995 At Black Eyed Pig In San Francisco By Kyle Statham
6. Surprise, AZ - Recorded In 1996 At World Café
7. Blue And Wonder - Recorded In 1997 At KCRW
8. Still Lookin' For You-Townes Van Zandt - Recorded In 1997 At World Café
9. Up North
10. Six Years
11. Gauzy Dress In The Sun - Recorded Live At The Starry Plough

Richard Buckner

Impasse

    A husky-voiced country / folk singer-songwriter, his guitar is based in rootsy country traditions, but his lyrics are far too personal and ambitious for Nashville. "Impasse" is his first new record of original material for over four years, and was recorded entirely at his home studio in Canada, with Richard playing virtually every note on the record. The album strikes the perfect balance between his acoustic introspective side and his driving electric side. For fans of Smog and Damien Jurado.


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