Cuttings from the Tangle

For nearly three decades, Richard Buckner has been traveling the byways of America, often alone and with little more than his guitars and notebooks. Now he’s sharing what he saw, felt, and found.

Long admired for his impressionistic and elliptical lyrics, Richard Buckner has more recently found himself pulling off the road to furiously write longer, fuller pieces. Here is a collection of his story-like poems gathered by haunting the fringes of America: lingering in dive bars and greasy spoon diners, passing sleepless nights in seedy motels.

With titles such as “One More Last One,” “Everyone is driven unknowingly to their urges,” and simply “Work,” these are Buckner’s unique and singular reports from a visionary road.

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“There are three kinds of American folk artists: those who sit, contented, on a back porch contemplating America’s landscape and ways; those for whom its landscape and ways are something to stand against or move boldly through; and those whose America is a shadowy, impressionistic place that moves inside of them. This is the area that the sombre-voiced Richard Buckner has been exploring since 1994.”
—Sylvie Simmons, The Guardian

“[Buckner’s writing] approach has the advantage of making his songs less a matter of analysis or personal connection for his audience; instead they function almost as talisman, evoking something more abstract and specific but nonetheless primal and important for them.”
Charleston City Paper


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Since the release of Richard Buckner‘s album Devotion + Doubt in 1997, Buckner has attracted and grown a loyal cult following for his unique avant-garde Americana. His work has long revealed a literary side: his 2000 album The Hill features poems from Edgar Lee Masters’ iconic American classic Spoon River Anthology set to music. Cuttings from the Tangle is his first book.