Easy. That’s the sound, and that’s how T. Buckley makes it seem. Whether winning the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s song writing competition almost 10 years ago, writing and recording during residencies at The Banff Centre or anchoring a weekly downtown house gig for nearly half a decade, Buckley makes his music look, well, easy. But it’s an earned “easy” gained from five albums, hundreds of gigs and thousands of miles down the TransCanada and the interstate.
Buckley’s unafraid of taking musical risks, shedding old songs, old sounds, and heck, even old looks. A musical traveller, his evolution from the sweet, open air acoustic tunes of a decade ago to the delightful, glistening gems on last year’s Miles We Put Behind, featuring a co-write with Grammy winner Don Henry (Ray Charles, Conway Twitty) and decisive production from Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire), is as natural as following a gorgeous, melodic road and seeing where it takes you.
The result are toothsome tunes that could snuggle up to radio playlists from the 1970s onward. These hope inspired songs showcase punched-up production yet remain smooth-voiced and clear-hearted, just like Buckley.
Biography by Mary-Lynn Wardle