3 Bucksworth

3 Bucksworth – “Indiana”
By Xander Rich

There’s a saying that I hear a lot from musicians: “Just let the music go where it wants to go”. That’s exactly what 3 Bucksworth does in their 2009 CD entitled “Indiana”, capturing an honesty that some would argue is missing with a lot of recent releases.

I really found myself feeling comfortable with the vocal style that Chris Hendren has. He has a somewhat soft and melodic tone that works very well with the sound this band emits. Picture it this way- it has some Barenaked Ladies, 3 Doors Down, The Wallflowers, and a few other styles that I could pick out. Throw in the fact that some of the tracks were produced by Brett Hestla of Dark New Day and Virgos Merlot (two of my favorite bands growing up) and it didn’t take me long to like what I was hearing.

“The Magna Carta” starts the 11-track album off with an upbeat, twangy, toe-tapping song and goes into “I Wasn’t With You” which sets up a lazy beachfront day feel that frequently returns. There is definitely a country influence in this music, so there’s a certain amount of bare-boned honesty and simplicity to the lyrics that I really liked a lot. I love music that paints a picture, that makes you wonder what the artist was thinking or, better yet, takes you back to a time in your life when that was you.

Pick this CD up. It’s worth the listen and will most likely be played more than once. Check out the thank-you’s in the sleeve, too. It becomes very evident where these guys are from with just a little reading.


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