Count Richard Buckner In On This One: Terry Allen’s “Juarez”

This week, singer/songwriter Richard Buckner releases Our Blood (Merge), his first new music since 2006’s Meadow. The nine-track LP was recorded by Buckner at his upstate New York home studio with pedal-steel guitarist Buddy Cage (New Riders Of The Purple Sage) and drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). Buckner kicks off a co-headlining tour with labelmate David Kilgour (the Clean) on August 16 in Los Angeles. In the meantime, Buckner will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Buckner: Juarez by Terry Allen is grounding high art. Every sound and insinuation on this 1975 recording is the farthest point from passive and will stay with you like a tattoo. Some might call it the father of concept records, but to try and interpret the story that the songs spell out would be a disservice. The music and performances (bad-ass piano playing, slide guitar and a voice that you’d better take seriously or else) on this work are only to be experienced and not explained.

Video after the jump.

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  1. John L.
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I love that album. I was looking to post a song from “Juarez” for FB, and that was the only one I could find. I did find an older, crazy t.v performance while I was looking:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QFH2KpNs7A