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Mariel Buckley with Amy Nelson
Thu, Oct 13


 Time: 9 p.m.

Cover:  $17.89 Eventbrite

Mariel Buckley returns to Lethbridge and the Owl!
Mariel Buckley Biography 2022
Unapologetically genuine, wry, and soft-hearted - Mariel Buckley has planted her flag firmly as a
songwriter who’s in it for the long haul. She aims to find herself squarely on the fringes and
exactly where she belongs: singing and writing songs for the underdog.
Her candor and magnetic live show have been charming listeners across North America since
her debut LP, Driving In The Dark [2018]. With some impressive accolades on the way including
Roots Artist of the Year (Western Canadian Music Awards, 2019), and taking home the grand
prize of $100,000 from the year long Project Wild commercial radio artist contest, Mariel was
ready for her next move.
Now with her debut album and thousands of miles under her belt, Buckley looks to turn
country/folk music on its head, with her follow-up album, Everywhere I Used To Be [2022].
Anchored by the haunting whine of the pedal steel, rounded out by heavy synth pads and
produced by Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The Barr Brothers, Arcade Fire, The
National), the resulting collection is a driving, swooning, toe-tapping catharsis; sealed and
delivered by Buckley’s signature crooning brand of angst-ridden alt-folk.
Buckley and Paquin made an intentional move towards decidedly pop/contemporary production,
and quickly found themselves in a daily rhythm of deconstructing and rebuilding each song to
find its full potential. Backed by some of Canada’s finest session musicians, their collective
efforts are showcased with abundant heart, and skillful flourishes while respecting the space
necessary for the songs to speak.
Perhaps her mysterious ambiguity around genre, traditional storytelling, and identity is what
gives these new songs such an honest shine. Buckley continues to be a trailblazer in her own
right, with a firm grip on the steering wheel and a destination in mind - we’re just happy to be

along for the ride.  


Mariel Buckley Band

Doubling down on grit and authenticity, Mariel Buckley has planted her flag firmly as a songwriter who’s in it for the long haul. As one of Canada’s busiest touring acts, she makes no apologies for her wry perspective that has been charming listeners across North America. The polished glow of mainstream music holds no appeal for this emerging songwriter, despite her thoughtful arrangements and hook-friendly interpretations of the traditional singer-songwriter fare. “…we think Buckley’s velvet, buttery twang is just the smoulder mainstream needs.” - 51 North Magazine, 2021

After the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album, Driving In The Dark (2018), Buckley saw a quick shift in momentum, and its steady incline has continued even throughout the strange turns of 2020. With no shortage of official showcase slots and festival/touring dates, her accolades continue to grow among industry and colleagues alike as a dynamic and engaging live musician.

While the pandemic saw the cancellation of support tours for William Prince, The Bros. Landreth and Del Barber, along with several of her own tour postponements - Buckley settled in for a heavy bout of songwriting to prepare. She leaves 2020/21 with two new releases, ‘No Surprise’ (Produced by Skinny Dyck); the 2-song EP, ‘97 Riverdale’ (Recorded with MB’s touring band); and most excitingly, a brand new LP, recorded with producer Marcus Paquin (The National, Sarah Harmer, The Barr Brothers.) While their styles may seem an unexpected pairing, Buckley has been eagerly consuming projects mixed and produced by Paquin for years. She felt a contemporary impression of her classic country and western sounds would be an innovative opportunity for growth. 

‘Everywhere I Used To Be’ (2022) looks to turn country fans on their heads from track one. The songs feature heavy synth pads anchored by the familiar whine and ear-friendly arpeggios of the pedal steel. Backed by some of Canada’s finest session musicians, the result is a driving, swooning, toe-tapping catharsis; sealed and delivered by Mariel’s signature authenticity and brand of angst-ridden alt-folk/rock.

By respecting the tradition of crafted and genuine songwriting while pushing the proverbial sonic envelope, Buckley is poised to deliver on something fresh for Americana listeners and show-goers. With no commitment to the old-school country experts nor the neo-Nashville popstars, Mariel Buckley aims to find herself squarely on the fringes and exactly where she belongs: writing something raw and unique for the dreamers and the underdogs.

With her sun-washed, melodic Americana music, Calgary’s Mariel Buckley is poised to make her mark. There’s an inherent poignancy in the way she carries her smoky vocals across nostalgic arrangements and thought-provoking lyricism that makes her next album much anticipated.

— Jonathan Frahm, PopMatters 


Owl Acoustic Lounge
411 3rd Ave South
T1J 0H2
Country: ca


Lethbridge, AB

Owl is Lethbridge’s newest Lounge in the same building which had Mood, Squeaky’s Pub before and O Riley’s before that. They feature live acoustic music and excellent food. 

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