Many thanks to Richard Buckner for putting on a fantastic Bakersfield Living Room show on February 17. He is one of the greats in terms of mastering and maintaining a tone, and I can’t decide if his lyrics are poems or short stories: they work as both. I found myself tearing up when he played “Ariel Ramirez.” My god, that’s a beautiful song. I also appreciate his use of interrogative questioning in his newer albums, especially Our Blood, as on the song “Collusion”: “Do you understand, crossing all of those lines and crawling back, slipping from your skin? You couldn’t keep it in?” I am blessed to have been able to hear him perform these songs.