Calgary Stampede 2015

July 3-12 2015

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Mariel Buckley

Mariel Buckley at Coca-Cola Stage

Mariel Buckley

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. It’s the kind of sound many musicians take years searching for, and the arrival of Buckley’s spectacular sophomore full-length album, Driving In The Dark, proves that she hasn’t taken a moment for granted. Delivering on the promise of her previous album, Motorhome (and then some), Driving In The Dark finds Buckley planting her flag firmly as a songwriter who’s here for the long haul, one with the chops to hang with the greats she finds herself sharing stages with more often these days. “I’d describe this album as less calculated, less traditionally focused,” Buckley says. “It’s also more emotionally driven and honest. I tapped into what makes me want to write songs and found my voice. That was a huge turning point in my writing and my performing style, and especially the overall sound of music.”

Coca-Cola Stage

Monday, July 9th at 2:30pm

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