Forgotten Favorites: Richard Buckner

After reading this post earlier today over at Pretty Goes with Pretty, I began to realize how truly unorganized my iTunes library really is. I have a few playlists here and there, but there’s no true organization other than a few lists my wife made for her iPod. It’s really just 16,000+ songs all floating around in a massive mess of music that I have no hope of taming.

It’s understandable then that some songs and artists get lost in the shuffle from time to time.

That’s why one of my favorite things to do is just put my entire iPod on shuffle and just see what comes up. Often that will lead to me rediscovering songs and artists that I tend to overlook when I’m actively searching for something to listen to.

Which brings me to Richard Buckner.

This weekend, I was doing the random iPod thing when Buckner’s “Rainsquall” popped up in the rotation and prompted me to go back an revisit some more of his catalogue. I put my (incomplete) Buckner collection on random (1995’s Bloomed, 1997’s Devotion & Doubt, and 2004’s Dents & Shells) and soaked up the plaintive growl of his voice.

I’ve always enjoyed Buckner’s music, but I still find myself mostly unfamiliar with a good deal of his work. Of course, that’s one of the dangers of having such an expansive music collection. It’s hard to keep up with, and fully delve into, all the music you want. Things get forgotten.

Today I’m posting some tunes from Richard Buckner (one from each album listed above) that I don’t want to forget again. This three songs also show a nice range of Buckner’s sound with the sparseness of “Lil Wallet Picture,” the lushness of “Her,” and the raw emotion of “Rainsquall.” Enjoy.

Richard Buckner: Rainsquall (Buy Album)
Richard Buckner: Lil Wallet Picture (Buy Album)
Richard Buckner: Her (Buy Album)

2 Responses to “Forgotten Favorites: Richard Buckner”

  1. I'm not sure why, but Richard is one of those artists I just can't “get” no matter how I try. On paper, he seems like everything I should love… but he just doesn't translate to my ears. Haven't written him off yet though.

  2. I feel that Richard creates a world of dark and beautiful contradictions. A crux of mind but more often of heart. He is playing The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago this Saturday, September 19th. And I couldn't be more excited to see him again. This is what they had to say about him…

    “Richard Buckner is a songwriter of uncompromising elegance. His insurgent country twang is the product of a San Francisco/Lubbock association, being born and raised in California but having a strong musical affinity for the likes of Texas country giants TERRY ALLEN and JIMMIE DALE GILMORE. His impressive catalogue of albums move from folk balladry to tawdry guitar rave ups . Pitchfork complimented him thusly: “whether taking on folk, power-pop, country, rock, or gently experimental drones, he produces uniformly gleaming, misty enigmas. He intones elusive lyrics in a smeared voice, artfully skirting the subject.” And we have to agree. The man knows how to craft and perfectly deliver distinctly lovely songs. Leave the ear plugs, bring the girl.”

    i am and i will.

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