Richard Buckner

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Richard Buckner

John Train (duo)

Sun, November 11, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Richard Buckner - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Richard Buckner
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.”
John Train (duo) - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
John Train (duo)
John Train was formed in the mid-1990s, when songwriter/guitarist Jon Houlon met dobro player Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner (Marah, Songs:Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co, Low Road, Slo-Mo), and the two began exploring bluegrass and Texas folk material and performing around the Philadelphia area. Fast forward almost 20 years and six CD releases later, John Train still chugs on, now a rootsy 6-piece that features Houlon, Brenner and Mark Tucker on guitar and steel guitar, Mark Schreiber on drums, Mike Frank on bass and Bill Fergusson on mandolin. John Train performs regularly in the Philadelphia area and frequently at Fergie’s Pub, where the band has held a semi-regular gig for almost a decade. The band's most recent CD, "A Wig and A Wonder," was released in 2013. John Train has opened for the likes of Dave Alvin, Junior Brown, Joe Ely, Mick Taylor, Jesse Winchester, John Wesley Harding, Butch Hancock and Robert Earl Keen.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125