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Richard Buckner - Our Blood

Richard’s 9th album finally will see the light of day in August 2011. It is his first since 2006’s ‘Meadow’ and his first album to be released by a UK record label. In the last 5 years Richard has gone through a lot of turmoil and his fans have been clamoring for new material, wondering what was keeping their hero from releasing the new songs he would perform on the road. Well, it’s a long story!

First, there was the score to a film that never happened. Then there was a brief brush with the law over a headless corpse in a burned-out car that had all eyes in Buckner’s small hometown in upstate New York turned toward him and his long-suffering truck. Shortly after a move to a safer, less popular area, the death of his tape machine led to yet another reboot. After Richard called in pedal steel and percussion players and put new mixes on his laptop, his new “safer” place was burglarized. Goodbye, laptop.

Buckner says: “Eventually, the recording machine was resuscitated and some of the material was recovered. Cracks were patched. Parts were redundantly re-invented. Insinuations were re-insinuated until the last percussive breaths of those final OCD utterances were expelled like the final heaves of bile, wept-out long after the climactic drama had faded to a somber, blurry moment of truth and voilà!, the record was done, or, let us be clear, abandoned like the charred shell of a car with a nice stereo.”
He co-produced the album with JD Foster (Calexico, Richmond Fontaine) and included guest spots by Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and Buddy Cage (New Riders on the Purple Sage), otherwise Richard plays everything. The European edition includes three bonus tracks not on the US edition.

1 . Traitor
2 . Escape
3 . Thief
4 . Collusion
5 . Ponder
6 . Witness
7 . Confession
8 . Hindsight
9 . Gang
Bonus tracks
10.Thief (Hofner version demo)
11. Witness (Wurli version demo)
12.Gang (EPI Nylon version)