Last night: Richard Buckner | Rock Candy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Last night: Richard Buckner

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Richard Buckner came through town last night and played a stellar show at Stickyz. It's been two years since Buckner visited Little Rock and a small but dedicated crowd showed up to get their fix. Buckner is a big guy, a real commanding presence on stage. But his lilting voice and dense lyrics really drew the audience in. In fact, I think this was probably the quietest show I've seen since the last time I saw Buckner play. Aside from applause, the small-but-attentive crowd barely made a sound. The audience sat rapt as Buckner rolled through a mix of songs, some off his new album, "Our Blood," with a smattering of older tunes mixed in. Unlike last time, Buckner had accompaniment. Jeff Kazor, of the Crooked Jades, supplied shakers, keys and harmonium (which you can see on the video below). The combination of Buckner's percussive strumming and the moan of the harmonium almost made it feel like church. Hopefully it won't be two years before Buckner graces a Little Rock stage again.

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