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Thirty seconds into "Blue and Wonder," the opening track on Richard Buckner's mid-'90s debut Bloomed, I knew I had found an artist I wanted to hitch my wagon to. Buckner seemed to possess the ability to retreat deep into himself and emerge with handfuls of songs that played like dream scraps or the remnants of a scrutinized soul. Factor in the lean but sinewy backing on Bloomed and its even starker follow-up Devotion + Doubt, and you had a Townes Van Zandt for folks who took the indie-rock path to country-influenced music. And while the mostly full-band Since held me with its stirring imagery and Son Volt moments, I never did warm up to The Hill, his musical treatment of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. Still, I remain hitched, and eager to learn what he's come up with next. Joining Buckner at Go! on Friday, Oct. 11, is Kathleen Edwards, whose out-of-left-field (or, to be exact, Ottawa, Ontario) Failer has had a Bloomed-like impact on me. Whether she's making the line "Johnny Rocket Star/Picked up a girl at the bar" sound like a hipster nursery rhyme or building a chorus around a hockey metaphor, Edwards proves to be an instantly compelling singer and writer. As suggested by the friend who pointed me toward Failer, she comes off a little like Suzanne Vega by way of Lucinda Williams. Come watch her bloom. Call 969-1400 for more info. --Rick Cornell

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