Monday, September 19, 2005

She's out of the picture

This got me thinking about debut releases and Nic Harcourt's words: " ... debut albums that heralded the arrival of important new musicians."

As I know CHW would agree, the release of Richard Buckner's "Bloomed" (DejaDisc) rang the bell for a slurred, shuffled, truly significant voice. The album was produced by Lloyd Maines, father of Dixie Chick Natalie and an early pedal steel player with Joe Ely. Today, Maines remains one of the top Texas producers.

Here's where the story gets interesting. Buckner releases the album in 1994. That shot on the album's cover is of the house he shared with his wife in San Francisco.

Here's the happy couple all wrapped up in love on the back cover.

Then DejaDisc goes out of business. For a short time, a German label steps in to distribute copies. Buckner releases, what I believe, are his two best albums, Since and Devotion+Doubt (featuring members of Calexico) -- both on MCA, and Bloomed goes out of print.

Oh, and Buckner gets a divorce from the woman in the photo.

Skip ahead to 1999. Rykodisc re-issues the album adding four unreleased tracks. And they make one slight tweak to the back cover artwork.

Here's a sample:

"Blue and Wonder" **an original track

"The Last Ride" **an added track


At 12:34 AM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

Heh heh. I love revisionist history. I am unfamiliar with Buckner's work...downloading now.

At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the anecdote at the beginning of Milan Kundera's, "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting", which, through the wonders of's "search inside" feature, you can read w/o having to buy the book. It's about a guy being deliberately forgotten from history.

At 1:47 PM, Blogger CHW said...

Ah...Buckner. I'll never forget SXSW when he got up on stage and covered a Tom Petty tune with Calexico backing him. Outstanding.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger princessmalin said...

Yep. Always count on Buckner to change any magical moment or star-lit day to pure doom and gloom. When's he releasing "Cry Your Eyes Out" or "I Want to Make You Sad" or "Everything Sucks"?

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

so its about 3 weeks since you posted this and i cant stop listening to Blue & Wonder. What a voice! Going to look for this album.


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