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T. Buckley bringing new tunes to Hinton

Masha Scheele

Tim Buckley is bringing a slightly new sound to Hinton since his last performance in 2014.

“This time I’m coming out with the big band, which I’m pumped about. There will be six of us on stage, a completely new cast of characters that I’ve been playing with for the past year and a half since my latest record came out,” said Buckley.

They’ll bring the energy of rock alongside stripped down songwriter tunes for a diverse and engaging show, he said.

After releasing his latest record, Miles We Put Behind, Buckley has been busy performing across Western Canada, breaking into the international music market, raising a family, working part time, and still continuing to write music.

While talking to the Voice, he was headed down to Waterton National Park for a few days with his sister and fellow musician, Mariel Buckley, where they planned to put their heads together to write some new hits.

“You kind of get stuck in your way of songwriting or your approach to writing. I think it can be refreshing to have someone you trust with you to bounce things off of and collaborate and try different stuff,” he said.

On the heels of his latest release, Buckley hopes to be recording new material in the spring and releasing a new album in the fall.

“It’s a busy time right now, we have two little kids. Between juggling that, and making music and working part time, there’s a lot of balls in the air but it’s busy in the best way. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m still able to put a lot of time and energy into music, which is really what I love to do,” he said.

After years of creating music with the Calgary group The T. Buckley Trio and performing throughout the Calgary roots and country music scenes, he broke away with Miles We Put Behind.

“I was exclusively doing stuff as the trio with Tim (Leacock) and Derek (Pulliam) and sort of decided to try and go out on my own a bit more,” he said.

The record grew out of his singer-songwriter residency experience at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

“Banff was really sort of the catalyst for the last couple of years and doing the album the way I did,” he said.

He worked with a producer on some demo recording sessions and collaborated with faculties from Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas who helped develop his craft as a songwriter.

“It was a bit of an awakening, I’d been doing things for a certain way for a long time,” he said.

The opportunity influenced his decisions for his latest record as he followed Grammy nominated producer, Howard Bilerman, to Montreal to record the album.

“He’s produced many folks, but he was with Arcade Fire and produced the Funeral record. It was a bit of a switch to kind of go from traditional rootsy stuff I was doing to working with this guy who came from more of an indie background,” said Buckley.

Buckley remembered one particular song written acoustically, which Bilerman decided to throw a drum machine loop on, he then added organ, and some steel and removed guitar.

“I was kind of like I don’t know how that’s going to work but I trusted him and it worked out great. It busted me open to some new directions I could go with what I was doing musically,” he said.

Buckley still tries to get back to the Banff centre as much as he can and describes it as an amazing place to work and focus on his craft. 

“They create an environment with no distractions. You’re given a space to write in, access to a number of peers and talented faculty to bounce things off of,” he said.

With a young family, carving out hours to focus on material can be tough, but Banff gave him that space and time to create Miles We Put Behind.

Hear songs from his latest album at the The Performing Arts Theatre of Hinton (PATH) on Saturday, Jan. 18, doors open at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are available at The Hinton Voice, The Wild Orchid and Hinton Municipal Library.  

For more information about T. Buckley, visit his website at