Richard Buckner brings his Solo Electric / Living Room Tour to Red Light Café (hey, we're Atlanta's Living Room, right?!?) with special guests, and local favorites, The Last Tycoon and Kristen Englenz.
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM
In the time since Our Blood was released and after a few long tours, Richard Buckner attempted to work on writing short stories but found himself drawn back into the music room. The evidence of his time in the writer’s chair is clear in the dense, lovely prose of Surrounded. The album’s liner notes include text-embedded lyrics, a technique Buckner employed on his earlier albums Since and Impasse, but this marks the first time he used the songs’ extended story to construct the album’s overall view and track sequence.
Throwing out the “tricks and trades” of his previous efforts, Buckner hunkered down at home and chose a few unfamiliar pieces of gear—a Suzuki QChord electronic autoharp and an Electro-Harmonix POG2 pedal—to create basic tracks and open up more sonic possibilities. “The best outcomes happen sometimes when I’m unfamiliar with the tool that I’m using (imagine MacGyver wearing a dog cone).”
The now-infamous process of recording and re-recording Our Blood left him a bit gun-shy, so this time, Buckner decided to get each song out of his house as soon as it was finished to avoid the contamination of over-thinking. After hearing an interview with famed producer Tucker Martine, Buckner found a destination for his songs: “Tucker understood the urgency in me to tie the whole thing up before I fell into the same trap that I’d had finishing Our Blood and was generous enough to move other commitments around to fit Surrounded in. When I had finally finished Our Blood, I felt like I’d just survived a stroll through a mine field. With Surrounded, it was more of a sensation that I’d successfully organized a messy desk.”
The Last Tycoon is the Americana musical project of songwriter John Gladwin based in Atlanta, Georgia. Hailing from rural Arkansas, Gladwin learned to play in the jukejoints and churches of the Deep South. At eighteen he headed to Nashville and after several years, in 2009, moved to Stockholm, Sweden where he started The Last Tycoon project. Singing songs of love and execution, preachers and politics, Jesus and Johnny Cash, The Last Tycoon stood out in the Swedish indie pop scene. European tours inspired Gladwin to dig deeper into his roots to tell stories that can only come from the South. After three years in Europe John returned to America and now calls Georgia home. The Last Tycoon continues to be the vehicle for his writing and performance, and he is currently recording a new album with producer Jim White.
Kristen Englenz is a singer / songwriter from Decatur, GA. In 2008 she was awarded a scholarship to play french horn and piano at the University of North Carolina Asheville. After graduating in 2012 Kristen moved back to Decatur, GA and began playing out in local venues such as Eddie's Attic, and the Red Light Café.
Atlanta-based musician Bill Taylor of the Bitteroots recently wrote: "Kristen is a fresh face on the Atlanta music scene and brings an open vulnerability to the stage. At recent club shows, the audience finds themselves hanging on to every word and chord progression coming from this authentic talent. Merging sounds from artists like Stevie Nicks & Joni Mitchell, and then blending with a modern alt-country angle, this singer-songwriter has a promising career on the lighted stage."