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Chicago's Indie Blues Musician Brant Buckley, Releases New Full-Length Album 'Times Strange'

RIYL: Kurt Vile, Jack White, Black Keys, Neil Young, Kurt Vile, James Bay, Muddy Waters, Son House, Eric Clapton

Brant Buckley's Chicago Blues sound is melodic, rhythmic, and haunting. His music draws heavily from his folk and spiritual background, and listeners can find hints of Blues greats like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Son House. He harnesses the true power inherent in each song to connect with his audience, and understands the healing power of music following a career-ending tennis injury, after which he began discovering the Blues.

Brant Buckley is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a Bachelors of Music in Songwriting. Born outside of Chicago, he lived in Costa Rica and spent most of his life in Philadelphia. East coast folk music and the coffeehouse scene inspired his early sound: James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kenn Kweder, and Nick Drake. In 2012, Buckley independently released his first album, My Life, and in 2015, he released Chicago Summer, a three-song EP with his song "Shine" that has over 55,000 YouTube streams. On May 20, he's playing a live streamed set on The Bunker.

In 2013, Brant met Bluesman Jesse Graves. Graves was Philadelphia’s premier bluesman during the 1970s and played with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Hound Dog Taylor, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, and Tom Waits. Jesse learned from Reverend Gary Davis, who passed on the Blues and a sense of spirituality. In 2014, inspired by Jesse, Brant moved to Chicago to learn more about the Blues. Working as a tennis pro, Brant experienced the Blues for himself after having a career-ending tennis injury. The pain taught him what the Blues are all about, and now Brant aims to heal others through the power of music.

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