Few performers combine the lyrical heartfelt authenticity of classic country music with a steely eyed intensity that compels an audience’s attention like Calgary, Alberta’s Mariel Buckley. Amidst a sea of neon-Nashville superstars, Buckley offers a crunchy, roots alternative.
Buckley's recent performances have led her to supporting idol k.d. lang for two dates at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium, entertaining audiences in the grassy fields at the Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Fort MacLeod Folk Music Festivals. Mariel deftly matches her stark and haunting narratives of real-life struggle with a brassy wit that sets her apart from her contemporaries in its fearlessness. Her strengths as a songwriter are exemplified by her self-titled EP, and full-length debut Motorhome. She's been hailed by No Depression as, “a new Loretta Lynn, speaking her mind... Throw in a little Townes Van Zandt mixed with Joan Jett and you've got a listener who's going to grab a lot of people's attention.”
Currently set to release her sophomore album "Driving In The Dark" with producer Leeroy Stagger in the spring of 2018, Mariel Buckley’s skills as a singer-songwriter and performer continue to impress new listeners while her long-time supporters look on with an assured understanding that they knew the depth of her talents from the beginning.
“...the next Loretta Lynn. Throw in a little Joan Jett and you’ve got a songwriter who’s going to grab a lot of listeners who are disillusioned with country’s offerings as of late.” - Gillian Turnbull, No Depression Magazine (Read the full review here)