All hail Richard Buckner, one of contemporary Americana’s most essential yet under-appreciated singer-songwriters. The California-born, New York-based Buckner has been honing his craft since the mid-1990s, when he sprang onto a crowded alt-country scene with Bloomed and Devotion + Doubt, delicate, deliberate records that conjured the spirit of the wide-open West. He’s written, recorded and toured steadily since then, following up 2011’s beleaguered Our Blood with the free-flowing career highlight Surrounded in 2013. Those who witnessed Buckner’s incredible Normaltown Hall show that same year know that you’d be a fool to miss his follow-up Athens appearance Tuesday evening at The Foundry.
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