Richard Buckner is a songwriter of uncompromising elegance. His insurgent country twang is the product of a San Francisco/Lubbock association, being born and raised in California but having a strong musical affinity for the likes of Texas country giants TERRY ALLEN and JIMMIE DALE GILMORE. His impressive catalogue of albums move from folk balladry to tawdry guitar rave ups . Pitchfork complimented him thusly: “whether taking on folk, power-pop, country, rock, or gently experimental drones, he produces uniformly gleaming, misty enigmas. He intones elusive lyrics in a smeared voice, artfully skirting the subject.” And we have to agree. The man knows how to craft and perfectly deliver distinctly lovely songs. Leave the ear plugs, bring the girl to The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago this Saturday, September 19th.