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"Reasons To Like Josh Buckley"

• "Reasons to like Josh Buckley:He sings love songs with a twang. He plays Americana tunes with an indie rock feel. He likes his girlfriend enough to keep her picture on his website."
- The Boston Globe - Sidekick (June 2006)
- The Boston Globe


"Living Man's Blues review"

• Singer-songwriter-guitarist Josh Buckley displays a carnival-like quality to his songs, and whether intentional or not, that's what's depicted in the liner artwork as well.....a photograph of a
carnival like the ones you see in supermarket parking lots and empty, small-town fields. His music is lively and upbeat as he portrays a childlike innocence to his lyrics and delivery. Keyboardist Phil Aiken, electric bassist Brian Runck, stand up bassist Joe Wisink, and pedal steeler Mike Castellana along with Dana Colley on sax, John Marcato on drums, Dave Wesson on harmonica and Andy Butler and The Broken Bottle Singers on backing vocals, all help to build the pieces of Buckley’s compositions making for a solid effort. Cool songs include the album's title track, "Living man's Blues," the bouncing "Life Among the Ruins," and poignant workingman's cry "Get Off My Back (and get on with your job)."
- Metronome Magazine, Douglas Sloan (June 2006) - Metronome magazine


"Revew of the Josh Buckley Band"

• “Josh Buckley plays the type of rootin’ tootin’ songs that might get him signed soon.”
- The Boston Metro - Boston Metro


"Living Man's Blues review"

• “These 12 tracks convey a new take on American roots music. Buckley’s soul permeates through songs about women, life, and just trying to get by, anyway you can.”
- Dave Poehler, WERS Boston - WERS 88.9 FM


"Living Man's Blues review"

• Josh Buckley’s not your average finger pickin’ weather-worn white boy with a guitar. He’s an urban sidewalk poet unencumbered by pretense or trendy hipster cynicism.
- Anthony Fisher, Shecky's Guide




- Sheky's Guide NYC


"“Living” is good in Buckley country"


"Remember ‘Solid Gold’?” Josh Buckley asked me between chomping boneless Buffalo at the Pour House, a Boston watering hole that merits a mention in his song “Furious Ink”. Of course I remembered ‘Solid Gold’, but I hesitated to admit my love for glittery dance shows.

“I saw Mick Jagger on that (show) when I was 4 or 5 years old and said ‘I wanna be him,’ ” Buckley confided. “At that moment I saw my mom’s heart break. I saw her crumble in fear.”

These days Buckley’s mama is smiling about his musical career. She even marches up on stage, with his 4-year-old nephew in tow, to request the more upbeat songs in his melancholy repertoire.

“My music sounds like redemption,” Buckley said. “I sit and write songs about whatever I’m going through - about change or not changing, or a girl. Whenever I write it’s a spiritual connection to a higher power. It takes me to places where nothing matters. I know that’s cliché but it’s true.”

Buckley shows off an original country/folk style and striking high voice on his debut full-length CD, “Living Man’s Blues”, which is rounded out by a band adding bluesy piano and upright bass.

No, he’s not pretending to be from Mississippi. Instead his accent sways between the Acton-raised boy he is, and an alter ego that screams tortured Southern countryman.

“Country music is what I’m most intrinsically connected to – they tell it how it is,” said Buckley, who also takes cues from the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel and Elvis. Although he’s one of the few country acts thriving in Boston’s pop- and rock-saturated scene, he said his next full length album will be harder, with rock roots.

“There’s so many ways to say something, and I figure, why not try ‘em all? You can turn a slow song into a punk sound, or take a punk song and make it a samba or something.”

Just to clarify, there’s no samba or salsa in his future, but he has been listening to the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Clash.

And while he still wants to reach Jagger status, he also dreams of playing the Grand Ole Opry.

“I don’t care if I have to break in,” he declared. “I’ll play the Opry someday. That’s when I’ll know I’ve made it.”
The Boston Herald, Kerry Purcell / Music (July 2006)
- The Boston Herald


"Review of TGS "January" released 8/07"

January is an addictive CD. It is textbook rock ’n’ roll with the added dimension of soulful organ and prominent bright piano. I’ve played this four times already. The song structure on “Lisa Jack” sounds very Rolling Stones-ish. It’s three-chord rock with some organ and piano. The vocals sound like The Black Crowes. It’s more like Steve Marriott. No. It IS more like the Black Crowes. It’s American sounding, not British. The third song, “Tag,” starts with piano and vocals. Sounds like The Band. [John, all the while, is playing his Gibson SG, unplugged, along to this CD] “Stranger’s Song” has a very Bono-ish vocal quality, very plaintive and lonely, like some early U2 song. You can hear all the musical parts distinctly. And “Another Dying Day” is totally the blues. [John counts the 12 bars and verifies.] Yeah. This CD has a ’70s California/Eagles/Leon Russell thing happening. Maybe a little Texas, too. “Show Me the Green” sounds a lot like John Lennon on “Twist and Shout.” I really like this CD except for one thing... The vocals need to be up front. Exactly. I should be able to understand every word with music like this, and I don’t. But overall, this is a fantastic CD.
-Robin Umbley/John Hess - The Noise Boston MA


"Review of "January""

The Gilded Splinters' debut release resounds with contemporary Americana sounds, tinged with classic rock stylings. Its catchy hooks laced with glimmering production by JP Bowersock (The Strokes, Ryan Adams) make the record easily digestible and definitively inoffensive. Frontman Josh Buckley gives the occasional Mick Jagger growl during his musings over tortured women and grief-stricken lives to give the songs their strongest feelings of authenticity.

Each track employs swooping melodies accompanied by tinny guitar twang and straight-ahead pop rock drum beats. Like many acts in this radio-friendly genre, Buckley's vocals maintain a palatable composure while hinting at deep, emotional strife below the surface. But just a hint. The standout single, "Lisa Jack," serves as a solid album opener with its raw, electric blues shuffle. The Gilded Splinters' songwriting is competent and shows potential. (Self-released)

- Northeast Performer


Discography

Seattle Sessions EP 2003
Living Man's Blues LP 2006
January 2007

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The Gilded Splinters came about by chance.

In January 2006 Singer/Songwriter Josh Buckley was evicted from his Brighton apartment for noise complaints. Answering an add in a local paper for a roommate, Buckley met keyboard player John Carbone. The two instantly hit it off, sharing nearly identical record collections. Buckley and Carbone soon started writing songs and accruing what would be the line up for The Gilded Splinters. Next on board was drummer Russ Patterson. Patterson and Buckley met at a music store in Boston where Buckley played him some demos of material he’d recorded. Frustrated with his current band situation Patterson quickly left his current band to join up with Josh and John to play music that in his words “mattered”. The Gilded Splinters were completed when bass player Glen Diesel joined on after hearing the band on myspace.

Chance struck again for the Gilded Splinters in September 2006. While playing a show at the Lakeside Lounge in NYC producer/guitarist JP Bowersock (The Strokes/ Ryan Adams) heard the band and was impressed enough to approach them after their show. After that initial meeting plans were made to start work on recording the band. For three days in January 2007 up in Woodstock NY, The Gilded Splinters laid out what was to become their debut full length simply titled “January”.

The Gilded Splinters can be seen live in their hometown city of Boston or when they are touring the east coast. You can hear their music at myspace.com/thegildedsplinters