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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.

Customer Reviews

Worth the wait

It's shocking to me that I'm the first reviewer of Mr. Buckner's new album. He is truly one of the great American songwriters. I met Richard right before he went on stage at The Bowery Ballroom back several months ago. Fantastic set. I've waited a long time for this album and, not surprisingly, it measures up to any of his past recordings. His music is so complex, both in arrangement and lyric, but delivered with such simple elegance. A true craftsman. If you are not familiar with Richard Buckner's work, this is as good of a place as any to start. I think you'll find his music addictive.

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.

Memories of Devotion and Doubt tour

I saw Richard Buckner in Santa Barbara (1997) in a small theater (I think it was the Lobero). He mesmerized me, and I bought D and D that night. This album takes me back to that sound . . . the dark voice, the open feeling around his voice and the sparse but strong instrumentation. His words tell me stories again. This is an impressive album!


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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