Richard Buckner

When MCA signed Richard Buckner in the ’90s, few fans expected the marriage between the dour country-tinged singer-songwriter and his major label to last. The whiz kids in MCA marketing, given ample opportunity to create a Ryan Adams-style sensation, instead cast Buckner in the folk mold, which did little to further his appeal with the record-buying public. But Buckner endured, garnering critical acclaim and gaining fan support from each earthy, emotional album and every trip across the plains. On his independent releases, Buckner has delivered passionate, personal material, proving MCA’s greatest knack might be for letting good talent go.

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