So excited to announce, for the FOURTH YEAR in a row! the signing of the winner of the Project WILD competition - capturing the best country music talent in Alberta. Following in the footsteps of previous CBTH performers The Prairie States (2018), Brad Saunders (2017) and The Dungarees (2016).
It’s the kind of sound many musicians take years searching for, and since the rave reception of Mariel Buckley’s acclaimed sophomore album, Driving In The Dark, she continues to set the bar for roots music in Canada.
Buckley’s momentum has built quickly, and she finds herself as one of alt-country’s busiest acts, with recent performances in support of k.d. lang, Hayes Carll, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, The Deep Dark Woods and Serena Ryder; as well as entertaining audiences throughout North America.
Buckley is currently incubating and writing feverishly for her official full-length follow up: a cinematic take on her assured, semi-traditional style. Like Roy Orbison singing The War On Drugs, Marty Robbins’ gunfighter ballads dripping in the melancholy of 90’s production, Buckley is set to take the world by storm with this succession to the critically acclaimed Driving In The Dark. Debilitating depression, dark mornings and bleak new beginnings; her signature candour awash throughout a new collection of songs, to be released in 2021.
A mesmerizing performer and studious songwriter, Mariel Buckley proves that with each new endeavour, she is bound to vulnerability and truth. This signature candour is what captivates audiences and listeners alike, and has planted her flag firmly as a songwriter in it for the long haul.
Awards and Nominations
2020 Official Showcase Artist - Folk Alliance International
2019 Winner - Roots Artist of the Year - Western Canadian Music Awards
2019 Winner - Project WILD