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Richard Buckner 

With Damien Jurado. Thursday, October 7, at the Grog Shop.

With its insistently driving acoustic guitar and opening preoccupation with "brakelights showing," the obliquely dark lead track from singer-songwriter Richard Buckner's upcoming Dents and Shells could easily serve as a musical extension of Crash, J.G. Ballard's nefarious novel of automobile-impact obsession. But "A Chance Counsel" was actually inspired by a late-night Arizona encounter.

"That night, I had a conversation with this artist until like three in the morning. It started in a bar and ended in the Hotel Congress, talking about this idea she had for a painting and her process," Buckner says. "At the same time I was kind of thinking about my life. I'm glad I had this like five-hour conversation that night, because the song might not have happened, you know."

The song is also Buckner's favorite from the new record, albeit for different reasons. "Right now I lean towards it because I love the bass line," he says. "The bass player really made the song different, but also it's the first song where I've really done a full-fledged guitar solo."

Left alone with an unfinished tune and a single day of studio time remaining, Buckner retreated to his hotel room.

"I stayed up until like eight the next morning, writing a solo on like four different tracks. I'm not really a lead guitar player, but I could layer it that way and see how things went. It's the first time I've ever done that."

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