Richard Buckner performs at White Water Tavern Wednesday.
9 p.m. White Water Tavern.
is that rare singer/songwriter who has the soul of a folk/country artist like Townes or maybe Fred Neil, but also embraces the restless, experimental bent of explorers such as Sonic Youth.
He's on tour now for his brand-new long-player, "Surrounded." The record was written all on an electronic autoharp and fleshed out in the studio with other instruments, samples, loops and various synthesizer swishes and swooshes. "Ambient Americana," critic Fred Thomas called the new record. But despite the electronically generated tones that shimmer through, "Surrounded" is still classic Buckner: unhurried, slightly elusive, not many rough edges.
is without a doubt the best possible choice to open this show.