With an upcoming launch of her new EP collaboration, recent release of her latest LP, current 2018 tours (yes, plural) across Australia, Sam Buckingham is one heck of a busy lady. Presently showcasing her collection of folk/Americana alongside James Reyne, Sam will then be accompanying her other partner in crime, Timothy James Bowen, gifting audiences with 'Stories From The Road'. A product of her and Timothy' musical mastery, this mesmerising 4 track EP is pure pleasure to the eardrums. This red-hot duo, strutting their guitar strings in venues across Victoria and NSW, as they unlock their treasure chest of jewels. Tim, with his wistful, soul-stirring voice. Sam, with her powerful, captivating delivery, this farm-fresh EP is a rare treat. Each melody, each chorus, emanating from a deeply genuine place that effortlessly pulls at the heartstrings - please click on the link for a preview of the EP, plus awesome sample of Sam's homegrown tunes.
This young virtuoso is a globetrotter, steadfastly gathering inspiration from far and wide. Recently returning from Nashville's 2017 Americana Fest, unreluctantly confessing to me she spent most her time watching Aussie talent. Commenting (in our interview), she was pleasantly pleased and immensely proud of how well the travelling troupe of Aussies there stood up to the local talent. Adding (or perhaps indulging me after I naively asserted this), that whilst Aussie folk music is definitely comparable to American folk music, we've retained a distinct, yet rather intangible quality that sets Aussie folk apart. Also an admirer of Neill Young and Bob Dylan's sheer poetry, plus long-time fan of Kasey Chambers, Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch, plus her dear friend Sarah Humphreys, Sam made particular mention of Jordie Lane - who has successfully blended folk and Americana with other styles. Commenting, that Aussie artists and fans alike place a premium, and for good reason, on creating music that's just a little bit left of centre, so as to make it more personal.
Though I didn't have the luxury of also chatting with Tim, I gathered the type of company Sam prefers, especially when it comes to the creative process. In a nutshell, down-to-earth. Big on making music in the moment, so as to make it more authentic, Sam's motto is leave your ego at the door. During our interview, discussing the concept of genius; the term, once referring to something that inspired one to create. Gradually, misplacing the term as we erroneously attributed genius to ourselves. Sam contesting, "I am not the genius. There is a creative genius that is constantly out there...It's my job to open up to what's already there, and be a vessel for the creativity to come through". Sam, determined to "take the ego out of it". Thereby creating an open and open-minded forum that promotes participation and teamwork, where ideas are bounced around and explored in realtime, with a "common goal of creating beautiful music". In other words, I'd hazard a guess Tim's a good bloke. This awesome duo, soon gracing Melbourne and Sydney stages with their cool collaboration, plus tunes from their previous albums. For tix.