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For Dents and Shells Richard Buckner assembled a solid backing band that adds an electric urgency to what over the previous years had been turning into a quieter, hypnotic literary groove. Buckner still writes with an ear for imagery and for dramatic fragments, but by employing a full band the music finally matches the ominous, foreboding allure of his relationship-in-peril lyrics. Having survived his second divorce, Buckner, the incurable romantic, sounds more balanced than one might expect of this lifelong traveling troubadour. He never reveals everything, preferring to keep a sense of mystery and poetry to his long nights of the soul. "Firsts" is another in a long line of spellbinding acoustic meditations. Yet it's tracks such as "A Chance Counsel" and "Invitation" with its sunburst piano and unflinching drums that bring Buckner the support he needs to soldier on. Operating on the fringes of country and folk, Buckner is really a beatnik from a simpler era caught up in the youthful rush of experience no matter how old and road-worn he's become.

Customer Reviews

The Grower...

This album settles like dust on a... that's cheesy. No but really, it's one of those heat seekers that is launched in the dark one night and takes several days to get to it's target destination. Flying through the night towards impending detination and rapture of the brain and nervous system. I'm obviously not a writer, but this album is good. Just don't file it after the first listen... it takes time to appreciate fully.

My favorite Buckner album

I can listen to this album over and over. It never gets old. "A Chance Counsel", "Her" and "Invitation" are as good as it gets on any album. I've seen live cuts of these songs and they just get better over time.


Born: 1967 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

This husky-voiced country-folk singer/songwriter is very much in the mold of the Lubbock, Texas, school of mavericks, including Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Richard Buckner is actually based in San Francisco, but the Lubbock connection is no accident. His debut album, Bloomed, was recorded in Lubbock, for one thing, with producer Lloyd Maines, who has also worked with Hancock, Allen, Joe Ely, and Uncle Tupelo. Maines himself plays several instruments on the record, and Buckner's...
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