Track of the Day: Sam Buckingham “Real Life” (2019)

Byron Bay singer-songwriter Sam Buckingham is back with a new single and a handful of solo tour dates later in the year. New single, “Real Life” is the first taste of Buckingham’s latest material, her first the release of The Water back in 2017. 

“Real Life” sees Buckingham very much in singer-songwriter mode, with the troubadour admitting that she’s ‘paying more attention to lyrics than ever before’. It’s all beautifully stripped back and sparse, just Buckingham and her guitar, with the focus on that beautiful vocal and meaningful lyrics. 

According to Buckingham, ‘These days, I find myself mainly writing songs that speak to my experience of being a woman, just trying to navigate my way through life. “Real Life” is deeply personal, but when I shared a rough demo of it online so many women wrote to me saying that they could relate. That’s what prompted me to release the song properly and go on tour – I want to share my stories because they’re other people’s stories too.’

That tour kicks off in October, with Buckingham bringing her intimate stage show to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Lismore. Along with the new songs, Buckingham will also be sharing stories and reworking a few old favourites along the way as well. You can find those dates below. Until then check out the new single. 

“Real Life” is available now. You can keep up to date with Sam Buckingham via Facebook, Twitter and her Official Site

October 4th | Junk Bar – Ashgrove, QLD w/ Camille Trail
October 5th | Dusty Attic – Lismore, NSW w/ Hannah Acfield
October 11th | Low 302 – Sydney, NSW
October 12th | Smith’s Alternative – Canberra, ACT
October 25th | Wesley Anne – Northcote, VIC w/ Hannah Acfield

Tickets available HERE

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Simon Clark

Simon Clark is the Books Editor at the AU review. A reader of books and admirer of songs, Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his, and his alone. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @simonjclark

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