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Lubbock, Texas-styled singer/songwriter Rick Buckner likely feels he spilled a fair amount of his own blood in making this anticipated follow-up to 2006’s Meadow. A number of unfortunate events held up the release, among them a failed tape machine, a murder, and a theft (laptop mixes). After all that, "Voila! The record was done, or, let us be clear, abandoned like the charred shell of a car with a nice stereo," Buckner declared. But Our Blood feels more like a labor of love, a meticulously crafted collection that rivals his best work. The opening moments of the record, a few seconds that sound like rusted steel exhaling, gives way to a solid, alt-country tune (“Traitor”), built on a chiming acoustic guitar, murmuring vintage keyboards and a gently roiling pedal steel (by veteran player Buddy Cage). Buckner’s voice sounds stronger than ever, a little Bondo filling in the weaker spots and a smoothing chamois treatment over the rougher ones. The layers of old Wurlitzers, Casios, pedal steel and E-bow weave an incredibly rich texture. Buckner says Our Blood is about “being caught,” and his splendid lyrical storytelling is as mesmerizing as the music.

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I've been a huge Buckner fan since seeing him open for Son Volt in 1996. I loved Bloomed, Since, and Devotion and Doubt. I bought every release since then (Meadow, Dents and Shells, Impasse, etc.) but none have caught fire with me like those first three albums. That's changed with this one. It's excellent.

Consistently stellar

First off to the iTunes reviewer: RB is not from Lubbock, and no-one to my knowledge calls him "Rick." Otherwise, the review gets it right – this CD is a gem. Buckner was truly an Alt-Country pioneer, quickly distinguishing himself within that genre and just as quickly transcending that classification. So too here on "Our Blood." The acoustic picking, occasional pedal steel and aching melancholy certainly speak to traditional country conventions, but Buckner is (and always has been) so much more. This is unmistakably RB. Always a unique haunting sound, stunning songwriting, and consistently stellar tunes.

Awkward beauty, incredibly intelligent

I am NEVER bored with Richard Buckner! His music seems beautifully awkward and moody. His vocals and writing set him apart as a true original artist, exploring where most artist fear to tread...or better yet, can't. Thank God the music industry has morphed into a true free market where artist like Buckner can thrive and be heard. What do I especially like? "Hindsight", "Traitor", "Thief", "Witness" and "Ponder".

Biography

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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