Something about the vocals of Buck Meek just might…maybe…make you a tad weak in the knees. Every ounce of that warmth, that sweet twang coming in low key with heart worn on a slightly tattered sleeve, gently unfolds the beauty of his self-titled solo debut. You’re drawn in because it’s genuine, an inviting voice that doesn’t have to reveal all the details. No need for it. You still want to come along for each trip.
Now, circle back to the twang for a bit. Yes, Meek is originally from Texas – 16th generation, if you believe the curmudgeonly affectionate ramblings of Mt. Davidson (Twain) on Meek’s website bio, and it was shortly after Meek moved to New York City that he met Adrianne Lenker. This marked the beginning of an excellent collaboration that would soon become Big Thief. And now, Meek takes a brief break as Big Thief’s guitarist and fellow artiste to share the treasure trove of Buck Meek. You’ll find the tracks aren’t very long, the lengthiest coming in just over three and a half minutes, but the impression of each is a strong one. It only makes you want them more.
Tonight‘s album release will be a treat. See Buck Meek at the Cactus Cafe, 2247 Guadalupe in the Texas Union, with special guess Jesse Dalton (The Deer) and Amy Sue Berlin. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30. Very recommended.
-Photography by Adrianne Lenker.