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The Busker & the Choirgirl

by Buck & Deanne

The kind of steamy country and bluesy twang that Gillian Welch & David Rawlings might've made if they'd skipped music school and learned the ropes singing in choirs and busking on street corners.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Two People in Love
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2. Sunny Winter's Day
4:02 $0.99
3. One Word
5:20 $0.99
4. I Wonder What You're Doing Now Christine
4:00 $0.99
5. Busker Man
4:06 $0.99
6. Some Feelings Never Change
3:48 $0.99
7. Hit in the Darkside By a Rainbow
4:27 $0.99
8. Sweet Sweet Dreams
3:17 $0.99
9. One of Them Weeks
3:38 $0.99
10. That September
4:24 $0.99
11. The Sound of Mike Bloomfield's Guitar
6:02 $0.99
12. Exception to the Rule
5:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Paul Buckberry & Deanne Dale aren’t the sort of musicians that impose upon themselves a personal set of conditions that need to be met before they can take the next step in their musical odyssey. That would mean pausing, or even worse, stopping whatever project they’re working on. No, the very busy country blues folk duo behind Buck & Deanne’s new album “The Busker & The Choirgirl” would rather just keep on writing and recording new stuff by any means possible.

For instance, take when Buck purchased a MICRO BR® 80: Digital Recorder.

“I read the BR-80 manual, and then I recorded one or two songs I really liked, then decided this is how [Buck & Deanne] are going to record their next album. Using this pocket sized studio.”

Or when Deanne was first introduced to the concept.

“I was sceptical. I looked at this “thing” sitting in the palm of my hand and thought no way. But the first couple of tests were impressive, so I realised pretty early on it was doable, and with a surprising degree of quality.”

Both were excited by the concept of producing new music, NOW! It seemed silly to wait for that “perfect studio/perfect time” combination to make their next album. The whole concept of perfection is pie in the sky anyway. It’s fictional. Some artists wait forever for it. Buck & Deanne’s motto became: Forge ahead using the tools at your disposal, and do it now because you can.

“It’s probably been the biggest thing for our music. To accept what we’ve been given or can buy and adapt,” Buck says. “We don’t need all the propeller-heads at Sony. We just want to play and record.”

The result is a diverse blend of 12 original songs whose categories fit comfortably into the broad church of Americana. And the album title – “The Busker & The Choirgirl” – refers to the different musical paths Buck & Deanne traversed before arriving at their sound.

“I cut-my-teeth in Community Choirs and had always favoured big harmony bands like The Eagles and Little River Band,” Deanne says. “Buck likes the itinerant bluesman tradition, the singer-songwriter troubadours like Guthrie and Dylan.”

“The Busker & The Choirgirl” follows on from the duo’s critically acclaimed 2010 debut “Demons Passed” and takes their romantic musical collaboration to the next level.

Using the BR-80 and the renowned expertise of subterranean engineer DJ Tomske (who previously conspired with Buck & Deanne on their 2011 dubstep remix of “The Matriarch Song” from the aforementioned “Demons Passed”) Buck & Deanne have produced a mixed bag of steamy blues and country twang. It’s the kind of gorgeous, down-home folk music that Gillian Welch and David Rawlings might’ve created if they’d skipped music school and learned the ropes singing in choirs and busking on street corners.

“I really like the sound of this album,” says Buck. “You got the country swing of “Sweet Sweet Dreams”, the prog-rock of “The Sound of Mike Bloomfield’s Guitar”, the echo of traditional folk in “That September” and suggestions of the great American songbook peppered throughout.”

“I think the way we recorded freed us up to try different things, instead of having to shoe horn a song into a particular style because of budget constraints or working against a studio clock,” Deanne concludes.

Fans will be able to judge for themselves Saturday OCTOBER 13 when Buck & Deanne officially launch “The Busker & The Choirgirl” with a full band line-up at Sydney’s Factory Theatre in Marrickville. Joining them onstage, a virtual who’s who of Sydney’s independent music scene.

“We have Janet Saunders & Gary Stowe from “Paper & String”, one of the best axe grinders in the world in Michael-John Azzopardi, as well as reliable colour from country-soul band “Torch Song” members Nick Williams and Phil Blatch,” and, Buck smiles, “my deputy Dad Gentleman Jim Stubbs will be playing squeeze-box.”

Sydney’s own indie-folknik Chelsea Gibson will provide able support when The Factory doors swing open at 7pm. All in all it promises to be a cool night of cool sounds from a couple of cool characters who continue to deliver quality surprises to an eager and ever expanding fan base. And you know what else is cool in Buck & Deanne’s opinion? Turning people onto the folk concept that anyone can make music right here right now if they want, and thus creating their own sense of community through music. Oh, and singing in choirs and busking on street corners. They think that’s pretty cool, too.



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