Buckles and Boots
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Buckles and Boots

Columbus, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Columbus, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Folksy duo to play Frank Fetch Park on July 21"

Buckles and Boots will bring its collection of boot-stomping country and plaintive Appalachian folk music to Frank Fetch Park Sunday, July 21.

Husband-and-wife duo Brian and Jessi Maxwell said they will be playing songs from their debut CD, to be released Saturday, July 20. The recording offers two discs: Dirty Listen and Laundry on the Line.

"We call it the Saturday night side and the Sunday morning side," Jessi Maxwell said.

The concert, scheduled for 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. If it rains, the show will be moved to the Meeting Haus.

The couple, both central Ohio natives who have been married four years, started out in more traditional rock bands.

Over the years, though, they found country and folk music more suited Jessi's vocals.

Still members of a band called the Song Birds, the Maxwells often perform as Buckles and Boots, with Jessi singing and playing guitar and Brian playing mandolin, banjo and bass.

"A lot of our roots are from playing around campfires," Mr. Maxwell said.

A Westerville native, he is a doctoral student in biophysics at the Ohio State University.

Mrs. Maxwell grew up in Old North Columbus and is a special education tutor at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School.

Music is still their passion and they play four to five shows a week during the summer, Mrs. Maxwell said.

"It's not our day job but it's more than a hobby to us," Mr. Maxwell said.

Mary Daniels, who organizes the shows at Frank Fetch, saw Buckles and Boots audition for Okoberfest last year.

"Their show is authentic," Daniels said. "It's original. Their musicianship is really good. They're very entertaining." - German Villiage Gazette


"Folksy duo to play Frank Fetch Park on July 21"

Buckles and Boots will bring its collection of boot-stomping country and plaintive Appalachian folk music to Frank Fetch Park Sunday, July 21.

Husband-and-wife duo Brian and Jessi Maxwell said they will be playing songs from their debut CD, to be released Saturday, July 20. The recording offers two discs: Dirty Listen and Laundry on the Line.

"We call it the Saturday night side and the Sunday morning side," Jessi Maxwell said.

The concert, scheduled for 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. If it rains, the show will be moved to the Meeting Haus.

The couple, both central Ohio natives who have been married four years, started out in more traditional rock bands.

Over the years, though, they found country and folk music more suited Jessi's vocals.

Still members of a band called the Song Birds, the Maxwells often perform as Buckles and Boots, with Jessi singing and playing guitar and Brian playing mandolin, banjo and bass.

"A lot of our roots are from playing around campfires," Mr. Maxwell said.

A Westerville native, he is a doctoral student in biophysics at the Ohio State University.

Mrs. Maxwell grew up in Old North Columbus and is a special education tutor at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School.

Music is still their passion and they play four to five shows a week during the summer, Mrs. Maxwell said.

"It's not our day job but it's more than a hobby to us," Mr. Maxwell said.

Mary Daniels, who organizes the shows at Frank Fetch, saw Buckles and Boots audition for Okoberfest last year.

"Their show is authentic," Daniels said. "It's original. Their musicianship is really good. They're very entertaining." - German Villiage Gazette


"Hootin’, hollerin’ spouses Buckles and Boots to release first album"

Among Brian and Jessi Maxwell’s many musical endeavors, Buckles and Boots is at once the truest and the most fanciful, a cowboy parlor fantasy founded on true-life tales of drama and domestic bliss.

“It’s the most unique, it’s the most fun to play, and people are actually responding to it more than anything we’ve done before,” Brian said.

The songwriting spouses met eight years ago when Brian joined a band with Jessi and her ex. Two years later, after that band and Jessi’s relationship had dissolved, Brian ran into her at ComFest and invited her to jam with some friends.

Those sessions sparked a romance and spawned Spaceship Awesome, the group that eventually morphed into the folk-rock band The Song Birds, still a going concern. Four years ago, Brian and Jessi got hitched. Two years later, not long after their son, Dalton, was born, so was Buckles and Boots. When Brian grabbed a banjo and started riffing one night, Jessi couldn’t get her guitar parts to match up, so she stomped on a TV tray and shook a tambourine.

An identity accumulated from there. They aimed to sound bigger than a duo but vowed never to expand the lineup. That involved some aerobic feats; stomping, clapping and singing — sometimes for four hours straight — is exhausting.

Not content to sound bigger than life, they’d look it too. Brian performs in his uncle’s white three-piece suit or sometimes an old tuxedo with tails. Jessi dons old wedding dresses and other retro kitsch.

“When we walk into the bar, we want people to be like, ‘Either that’s the band or those are some f---ing weird people showing up at the bar,’” Brian said.

To capture this experience on record, the Maxwells hired engineer Jay Alton as a producer. More than just setting up mics and pressing record, Alton was a creative factor, adding subtle arrangements and breaking songwriting stalemates.

The result is an intimate but adorned double-disc set — a saucy “Saturday night”-style full-length called The Dirty Listen and a tender “Sunday morning”-style EP called Laundry on the Line. The lightweight EP is more of an aberration; Buckles and Boots tends toward crazy stories of Jessi’s former wild life as a bartender in Akron. “Say You Love Me,” for instance, is about a stalker ex-boyfriend who broke into her home. She wasn’t comfortable shedding light on many of the others.

“I’m finally being more honest with myself and allowing the things to come out in my songs,” Jessi said. “It is like reading my diary to people sometimes.”

They’ll celebrate the releases Saturday at the revitalized Ledo’s Tavern. - Columbus Alive


"Hootin’, hollerin’ spouses Buckles and Boots to release first album"

Among Brian and Jessi Maxwell’s many musical endeavors, Buckles and Boots is at once the truest and the most fanciful, a cowboy parlor fantasy founded on true-life tales of drama and domestic bliss.

“It’s the most unique, it’s the most fun to play, and people are actually responding to it more than anything we’ve done before,” Brian said.

The songwriting spouses met eight years ago when Brian joined a band with Jessi and her ex. Two years later, after that band and Jessi’s relationship had dissolved, Brian ran into her at ComFest and invited her to jam with some friends.

Those sessions sparked a romance and spawned Spaceship Awesome, the group that eventually morphed into the folk-rock band The Song Birds, still a going concern. Four years ago, Brian and Jessi got hitched. Two years later, not long after their son, Dalton, was born, so was Buckles and Boots. When Brian grabbed a banjo and started riffing one night, Jessi couldn’t get her guitar parts to match up, so she stomped on a TV tray and shook a tambourine.

An identity accumulated from there. They aimed to sound bigger than a duo but vowed never to expand the lineup. That involved some aerobic feats; stomping, clapping and singing — sometimes for four hours straight — is exhausting.

Not content to sound bigger than life, they’d look it too. Brian performs in his uncle’s white three-piece suit or sometimes an old tuxedo with tails. Jessi dons old wedding dresses and other retro kitsch.

“When we walk into the bar, we want people to be like, ‘Either that’s the band or those are some f---ing weird people showing up at the bar,’” Brian said.

To capture this experience on record, the Maxwells hired engineer Jay Alton as a producer. More than just setting up mics and pressing record, Alton was a creative factor, adding subtle arrangements and breaking songwriting stalemates.

The result is an intimate but adorned double-disc set — a saucy “Saturday night”-style full-length called The Dirty Listen and a tender “Sunday morning”-style EP called Laundry on the Line. The lightweight EP is more of an aberration; Buckles and Boots tends toward crazy stories of Jessi’s former wild life as a bartender in Akron. “Say You Love Me,” for instance, is about a stalker ex-boyfriend who broke into her home. She wasn’t comfortable shedding light on many of the others.

“I’m finally being more honest with myself and allowing the things to come out in my songs,” Jessi said. “It is like reading my diary to people sometimes.”

They’ll celebrate the releases Saturday at the revitalized Ledo’s Tavern. - Columbus Alive


Discography

The Dirty Listen &Laundry on the Line (2013) - 14 Song, Double Disc Concept album

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Bio

Buckles and Boots is the ultimate evolution of a deep rooted relationship, both musical and romantic, between Jessi and Brian Maxwell. The two musicians had crafted a tight connection through playing in several larger bands, traveling across the country together, and playing their hearts out around countless campfires. One late night alone together in the summer of 2011, after sharing a bottle of wine, the two began writing a new song on the fly and had unknowingly tapped into a new sound more raw and primal than any of their previous musical incarnations. Over the next several months the duet honed their sound and carved out their image to eventually create Buckles and Boots, a rugged, primitive, stripped down exploration of the full range of human emotion carried by the powerful, often haunting vocals, melodic guitar and creative use of percussion from Jessi accompanied by the driving rhythm of Brians bass, banjo and mandolin. The result is a truly unique sound which looks back to the roots of American Appalachian folk and country music while conjuring images of a wandering pair of Gypsis and subtly incorporating elements of dark, soul searching modern rock.

Buckles and Boots first established their sound while hosting a monthly country music showcase, often testing out new songs for a modestly attended Tuesday night crowd. A chance encounter at one of these shows landed them a spot at Comfest 2012, a legendary local music festival in Columbus, OH where they played to a 100+ crowd and first started to raise some eyebrows. The duet then began to make a name for themselves playing the traditional music venues, along with bars, barns and backyard parties through the winter. In early 2013, Buckles and Boots took a short break from playing live shows to prepare for the recording of their debut album. The band recruited a well known local recording engineer and record producer, Jay Alton, to turn their home into a working recording studio for a week in April 2013. The album is now in production and promises to be a stripped-down yet powerful and organic representation of the energy Buckles and Boots brings to the live stage. The album, which will be comprised of two separate discs, one packed with dark and heavy stomp jams and the other showcasing a lighter, folkier side, is due to be released in late June or early July.

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