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Postby wildrose » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:30 pm

Artist / Band Of The Month
April 2008



buchanan Band

Winners of the UK Country Radio Album of the Year 2006.

The Picture now available on Goldrush Records

Buchanan was formed by James Fildes and Mark Wilkinson in 2002. They both were steeped in country music since childhood and despite having played together in bands had never tried writing songs together.


James Fildes

James had been playing in rockabilly and indie bands such as The Rhythmaires, Thurman and the Mock Turtles. Mark had played with country bands such as West Coast and Buckskin; written songs and gained some critical success in the late 80s with Red Moon Joe, but had spent most of the 90s as a sideman and session player with Gary Hall and Cathryn Craig. It was time, they decided, to get back to their roots.


Mark Wilkinson

Before James and Mark sat down to write for the first time, they laid out a few guidelines; they would employ a strict quality control process – all the songs had to be good enough; that they would be honest with each other; and, finally they would approach the songs with unflinching eye for detail and honesty.
They were very pleased with the first couple of songs and went into a local studio, the Voodoo Rooms with producer Gary hall to record them. It was then that they decided to form a band to play the songs live.


Danny Wells

James had known drummer Danny Wells from the Manchester music scene and knew that Danny had considerable experience playing in country bands. Danny is a real ‘band’ drummer – in that he listens to the songs and works out what they need. He is a true believer in the ‘less is more’ philosophy of drumming, which belies his power and technical ability.

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David A Smith

David A. Smith had played with Mark in The Stormkeepers and was always the first choice bass player for the band. His knowledge and understanding of country music; his songwriting and arranging skills have proved invaluable to Buchanan over the past four years. The same can’t be said of his punctuality!


Steve Conway

Steve Conway was an early musical hero of Mark’s. When Mark started playing country music around Preston in the mid-seventies, Steve was playing with some legendary Preston based bands – Bush Country and Busted Arrow. He is undoubtedly one of the finest steel players working in Britain today.
The band initially didn’t approach any country music clubs as their previous experience had told them the audiences wouldn’t listen to original songs. They were also refused gigs at some country venues because they played original songs. Undeterred, they carried on playing gigs and went into the studio to record and album. They sent the results to Goldrush Records in Perth, a label that specialised in Country/Americana music and ‘Stars a’ Fallin’ was released.
The album contained 13 original tracks and gained critical acclaim. The turning point in the band’s future came when an Austin, Texas-based promoter heard the album and booked Buchanan onto one of Norway’s biggest country music festivals. They have played at festivals every year since 2004, sharing the bill with such legends as Bobby Bare, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, Chely Wright and Asleep at the Wheel.


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0161 798 6406
07731 765089


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Postby LynneT » Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:28 pm

Hi Mary
Another one of my very favorite bands, go to see them whenever we can so refreshing to hear original songs.

I can honestly say I have never been disappointed when I have watched this band
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Postby STEViE » Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:25 am

Lookin' forward to catchin' them at Americana this year.

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