Clarence Bucaro On Mountain Stage

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Brian Blauser
Clarence Bucaro

Clarence Bucaro.

Brian Blauser

Set List

  • "When Man Plays God"
  • "Renew My Faith in You"
  • "'Til a Spring Wind Blows Again"
  • "Take My Love"

The career of singer, songwriter and guitarist Clarence Bucaro has hit an artistic apex with the release of his latest album, 'Til Spring. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Bucaro ambled around the country before trying his hand at music, first studying at Ohio State, then taking a long summer to hike the Appalachian Trail before finally moving to New Orleans.

His first set of demos, Sweet Corn — and its follow-up, Sense of Light — didn't fully display Bucaro's creativity. But after a move to New York, a newfound love and a depressing winter, Bucaro drew upon two main sources for 'Til Spring: the 1938 Jon Fante novel Wait Until Spring, Bandini and You Must Believe in Spring, recorded in 1977 by the jazz pianist Bill Evans.

His accompaniment, especially saxophonist John Ellis and pedal-steel guitarist Bob Hoffman, give the music a Van Morrison circa Astral Weeks feel. The band is filled out by Konrad Meisner on drums and Jason Mercer on bass.

This feature originally ran Jun. 12, 2009.

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