Monday, September 14, 2009

Forward Festival Kick-Off: Thursday Plans

I'm kicking off my Forward Music Fest experience this year with Richard Buckner and Blake Thomas at the Majestic Theatre on Thursday Sept 17th, starting at 7pm.

I first saw Richard Buckner at the High Noon Saloon in early 2007 backed up by The Six Parts Seven. I became an immediate fan of both that night.

Earlier this year, Richard returned to the High Noon Saloon for a solo show. He basically sat down started playing and didn't stop until the show was over. It was a simply beautiful performance.

To me Buckner is the epitome of "alt-country." His voice is pure country. But there is nothing cheesy about his emotional or musical expression.

His songwriting is real deep, and I love his rhythms and melodies. His music is melancholy and that soothes me. Trust me, you won't see any line dancing here.

Hope you can make it out for this artist, and get your fest off to a great start.

Madison's own Blake Thomas starts things off.

1 comment:

adam said...

Can I just second this recommendation? I have seen him perform 5 times in Madison, and every show seems to have something different to offer (eg an a capella cover of 'breaking us in two' by joe jackson, a show with a killer pedal steel backup, an almost complete playing of The Hill). Nice mellow way to ease into a weekend of musical insanity (108 bands...)