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Buck and Jess

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
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"Buck and Jess - doing the duo thing"

Fans of country and folk music are suckers for duets (even if it’s Islands in the Stream), and Alberta’s Tim Buckley and B.C.’s Jesse Leger aim to capitalize on people’s affinity for male-female duos with their upcoming tour. The two met while working in Lake Louise’s backcountry: “Jess was in the kitchen and I was in maintenance at Lake O’Hara Lodge,” says Buckley. “As part of the staff, we also put on shows for the guests of the lodge, so we started jamming, playing together, and it went so well we decided to keep it up.”

“We listened to a lot of that Allison Krause/Robert Plant duet album Raising Sand and we were kind of inspired by that,” Leger adds. Frizzy zeppelin hair aside, Buckley explains that the two have managed to correspond and collaborate between his home in Calgary and Leger’s in Vancouver Island. “The two of us, even outside of this, have been doing duo stuff – she has something in Victoria, I’ve got the Tim Buck Two in Calgary – we might have a full band at some point but right now, we haven’t expanded into other players as of yet.”

Musically, Buckley squarely categorizes Buck and Jess as “roots stuff. We’ve got that folk acoustic singer-songwriter sound but we have a rock ‘n’ roll edge with electric guitar and we have lots of focus on two-part harmony and duets.”

The tour is “the first time out as Buck and Jess,” reveals Buckley. “I’ve done the island and Jess has done Calgary, but this time we’re together and we’re excited.” The tour will take the duo from Calgary to Victoria with stops in between. Regarding post-tour plans, Buckley says, “We’re going to cut a record and just keep playing together as much as we can.” - BeatRoute Magazine


"T. Buckley"

If T. Buckley’s (nee Tim) songwriting prowess is an untapped secret, it won’t be for long.

His first work as a solo artist — with his regulars in Tim.buck.two — hinted at that quality. Derek Pulliam and Ironwood regular Tim Leacock supported his solo work, developing a sound, which, as Buckley describes it, is “country with attitude.” While his earlier work has earned him plenty of accolades — he’s won a Calgary Folk Music Festival songwriting award — he decided to beef up his instrumentation for Roll On, his latest disc.

The trio is now called Tim, and has expanded to up to five regular performers, enhancing Buckley’s work with guitars, bass, drums, lap and pedal steel, keyboards and harmonized vocals. Roll On, released in November, has the group re-creating a live setting, looking back to traditional country with some mighty fine pedal steel solos and a tribute to Hank Williams Sr.

“A lot of guys coming out now doing (similar music) are calling themselves ‘roots,’ ” says Buckley. “It’s one word that encompasses all these different elements — trad-country, folk and a bit of rock ’n’ roll. Some songs (on Roll On) are a nice blend of those three, and some songs lean one way or another.”

Tim notes that his lyrics are more traditional country — “I draw a lot of inspiration from the genre,” he says — even if the music isn’t always so restricted. Roll On has his band beefed up, with 10 performers on the album, although he’ll be paring it down when he performs on his mini tour this fall, which will take him from High River, Alta. to Victoria, B.C. He’ll be unveiling his newest album, however, from familiar environs, kicking off his tour on Saturday, November 27 at Inglewood’s Lantern Community Church with guest Joe Nolan. - Fast Forward Weekly - Calgary AB


Discography

Singles:
Roll On (T. Buckley) - #9 CKUA Radio Network Dec 12-25, 2010
Heartache (J. Leger)
Killin' Time (T.Buckley)

EPs:
The Buck and Jess EP (2011)
Jessica Leger EP (2010)

LPs:
Roll On - T. Buckley (2010)

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Singer-songwriters Tim Buckley and Jessica Leger combined with their love of the Rockies and old country duets form the duo, BUCK & JESS. After a summer spent working and playing together at Lake O'Hara Lodge, it was decided that the music had to continue even if the summer had to end.
Experienced solo performers and songwriters in their own right, the two combine their original material to bring audiences impressively strong and varied sets of fresh yet timeless melodies. This past summer they completed an eight-date Western Canadian Tour and performed at the 2010 Two Acre Shaker in Pemberton BC.
This winter Buck & Jess were accepted to the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Music Creative Residency. Two weeks tucked away in the Rocky Mountains resulted in a record’s worth of new material, some new demo recordings, great collaborations and a renewed fire under their asses. The pair look forward to touring their new material across Western Canada in the spring, and putting together their debut album later this year.