Americana Fest 2019


Holy Americana….what the hell just happened!

Last week in Nashville at the Americana Fest was one of the most incredible musical experiences I’ve had.

I had the opportunity to perform alongside some great western Canadian talent thanks to the folks at Break Out West. I thought Western Canada did a damn fine job representing and showing music city that’s there’s a whole lot of great music north of the border too.


The performances I saw during the week were so memorable, a night at the Ryman auditorium with some of the most amazing personalities and voices in song. A set with Tanya Tucker revitalized by the incredible Brandi Carlile after a 17 year hiatus, Lori McKenna playing to 300 people in a church singing some of the most incredibly touching songs….I could go on for pages… But instead, I put together a Spotify Playlist of some of my highlights. Check it out HERE

I’ve had experiences seeing a lot of great music all at once before, but the feeling has been different, almost discouraging…I think it’s easy to feel like there are so many great people doing this, how do I fit in? How am I going to be able to keep doing this? But Americana was different, it was hopeful and inclusive and it makes me want to work harder at my craft, play more and sing more.

There are still a lot of people out there who care about music and who believe in the power of a song. I’m just excited for the next song I write and all the fun musical adventures yet to come.

Thanks Americana. See you next year!

T. Bucks

Back from Austin, Texas...

Back from Austin, Texas...

Over the past year, I’ve been drawn to the music and songwriting culture in Texas, and have been fortunate to be invited there a couple of times this year to play some of my new work. I thought I’d take a minute to share a few of my experiences…  

On the first night, I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to literally stumble into a Nick Lowe show. It just reinforced the reputation Austin has as the best live music town in North America. Over the last couple of years I’ve become a huge Nick Lowe fan. To me, he’s the James Bond of songwriting. So cool, so eloquent and even a bit campy at times. He put on a fantastic set that was a clever, quirky mix of pop, rock ‘n’ roll and crooner.

Next up – I saw James McMurtry. I think might be the best songwriter. Period. He has a weekly gig at the Continental Club in Austin, and when I found that out a couple years ago, I told myself I would get there as soon as I could. His band tore through McMurtry’s catalogue and the whole night was stellar start to finish.

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Miles We Put Behind - a playlist of influences

Miles We Put Behind - a playlist of influences

As I’m gearing up to release Miles We Put Behind in the Fall, I’ve been thinking about how this album is a result of so many musical influences – from local songwriters, to some of the greats from Texas, to some timeless classics. 

So I put a playlist together of all of them. I had a lot of fun with this – reminded me of putting together a mix tape – I totally geeked out, painstakingly picking every artist, then every song, then spending too much time on figuring out the order of it.  I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did making it.

You can listen to this playlist on Spotify and on Apple Music

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Kerville Folk Festival Songwriting Competition

Over the last couple of years I’ve been hiding out, working on material for another record. Playing less and writing more has brought along some amazing experiences - taking part in different residencies, songwriting retreats to Nashville and getting to work with some songwriters who I’ve always looked up to. 

One of those songwriters, John Wort Hannam, told me about this Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting Contest in Texas. He described it as one of the more formative experiences he’s had in his music career and encouraged me apply. 

A couple of months after applying, I received an email that I’d gotten into the contest…from 700 submissions from around the world, 32 songwriters were picked to showcase their music at the Kerrville Folk Fest on Memorial Day Weekend. 

I arrived at the festival and it felt like a bit of a time warp – long hair, stages and camps that probably hadn’t had much done to them in over 30 years and soooooo many songs about peace and love… was kind of like Woodstock in Texas hill country. The line between performer and patron was fluid -  almost everyone was a songwriter in some capacity.

The Festival was truly focused on songwriting. The audience listens so intensely to every line, it’s just so steeped into the culture there. It was an incredible audience, but an intimidating one.

On the day of my showcase, I had some anxiety to take the stage. I played my songs to the very attentive 600 plus people at the outdoor Amphitheatre and it seemed to be over in a flash. Although I didn’t come out a winner, I made some amazing connections around the continent. I had the opportunity to play in a contest that has seen the likes of Lyle Lovett, James McMurtry, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith. I learned that even Lyle, Steve and Nanci didn’t win either, so I figure I’m in some pretty good company there. 

The songs I performed will be on my soon to be released album, Miles We Put Behind. This album marks a new direction for me, one that I’m feeling really energized by. It’s an exciting (and busy) time for me right now getting ready for the release -  between shooting videos, booking shows and gearing up to release my first single. Thank you all for your continued support, I can’t wait to share my tour dates and these new songs with all of you.