Mariel Buckley Announces New Album Driving in the Dark, Shares First Single “Rose Coloured Frames”


Calgary, Alberta’s, Mariel Buckley mixes k.d. lang and Springsteen influences together in her signature brand of poignant songwriting on her forthcoming album, Driving In The Dark. Buckely’s new record is a complex experience of loss and uncertainty, propelled by edgy tones of Americana and tender notes of traditional country. Buckley turns the tropes usually reserved for male songwriters on their heads with Driving In The Dark, coming out May 4th, 2018. Today the first single, “Rose Coloured Frames”, premiered on Wide Open Country who call the track “gorgeous, plaintive” and say that “if you’re longing for the pensive tearjerkers of classic country music in the modern world, look no further than Calgary, Alberta singer-songwriter Mariel Buckley”.

For Driving In The Dark, Buckley teamed up with decorated songwriter and producer Leeroy Stagger. The album boldly displays her evolution as a songwriter, with Stagger’s production adding a richer, tone. Stagger says, “Mariel is one of those rare artists that you stumble upon who’s songs are so good that they stop you dead in your tracks. And instantly make you want more.”

Few performers combine the lyrical heartfelt authenticity of classic country music with a steely-eyed intensity that compels an audience’s attention like Calgary, Alberta’s Mariel Buckley. Amidst a sea of neon-Nashville superstars, Buckley offers a raw, roots alternative. Buckley’s performances have led her to support idol k.d. lang, and entertaining audiences at the Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Fort MacLeod Music Festivals. Mariel deftly matches her stark and haunting narratives of real-life struggle with a brassy wit that sets her apart from her contemporaries in its fearlessness. Her strengths as a songwriter are exemplified by her self-titled EP, and full-length debut Motorhome. She’s been hailed by No Depression as, “a new Loretta Lynn, speaking her mind… Throw in a little Townes Van Zandt mixed with Joan Jett and you’ve got an artist who’s going to grab a lot of people’s attention.”


Driving in the Dark Tracklisting

  1. Wait
  2. One Time Asking
  3. Pride
  4. Rose Coloured Frames
  5. Jumping The Fence
  6. Heart On Fire
  7. Driving In The Dark
  8. I’m A Fool
  9. Stray Dogs
  10. I Wonder
GGM Staff


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