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Editors’ Notes

Richard Buckner hasn’t recorded an “alt-country” album in years. Yet he’s forever linked to the genre, despite making albums that are increasingly nonlinear and quite experimental. His lyric-writing technique this time around is based on pulling selected passages from a greater text, but don’t expect the full story to get you much closer to a beginning, middle, or end. Buckner filters information through a memory that’s pure Super 8 film, augmented or diminished by whatever high or low (natural or otherwise) he’s experiencing. He’s said to have written this material with more junk-shop finds; the bizarre ambience that holds together “When You Tell Me How It Is” and that secures the hook for “Beautiful Question” is just the serendipitous luck that Buckner believes can happen if you put yourself out there like a lightning rod. There’s a lawless menace in the sound that feels more permanent the longer Buckner fills the dead man’s shoes. The romantic of his early records has become an unfazed detective who expects there to be a body on the kitchen floor. 

Customer Reviews

Genius

What beautiful work! Richard Buckner shows us the rare world of truth that lies below the muted passions and fears of everyday life. Such a genius poet and musician!!

Pretty, pretty, pretty good

In the words of Larry David, "Pretty, pretty, pretty, etc…good". Buckner is an artist that deserves far more attention than he gets. Why? Because he consistently creates fine music like this. "Surrounded", "When You Tell Me How It Is", "Beautiful Question", "Mood", "Cut" and "Go" are my favorites on the album. Buy, listen and enjoy!

Great album - of course

Take up where "Our Blood" let off. "Portrait" is as good a song I have heard all year.

Question: are any of you having problems playing "Beautiful Dreamers" on your itunes or ipod? I cannot play it on either. I keep getting prompts that I am not authorized to play it on my computer.

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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