I am so thrilled to be working with three of the five nominees in the Roots Solo Artist of the Year category for this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards — Belle Plaine, Joe Nolan and Mariel Buckley! All well deserved — I wish they could all win, but we’ll have to wait for the awards ceremony in October. That’s plenty of time for you do discover their incredible work!
In the wake of her sophomore LP Driving In The Dark earning international rave reviews, and the single “Rose Coloured Frames” earning a month-long run on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, Mariel Buckley will be hitting the road this summer across western Canada.
The Calgary-based singer/songwriter will appear at several high profile events including the Vancouver and Calgary Folk Festivals, as well as Dauphin Countryfest in Manitoba. For a handful of performances at craft breweries, Mariel will additionally vlog her experiences touring the facilities and tasting the wares.
It will be the first chance for many to experience Mariel performing songs from Driving In The Dark live, an album that reached #1 on CKUA’s Top 30 chart, and earned glowing features in BeatRoute, the Calgary Herald, the Edmonton Journal, VUE Weekly, Wide Open Country and elsewhere.
For Driving In The Dark, Buckley teamed up with decorated songwriter and producer Leeroy Stagger. The album boldly displays her evolution as a songwriter, with Stagger’s production adding a richer, edgier tone. Overall, Driving In The Dark is a complex experience of loss and uncertainty, propelled by raw Americana and tender notes of traditional country.