Song Premiere: Grace Basement – Standing on a Corner
By Corey Flegel
While Grace Basement’s previous effort, Wheel Within a Wheel (2013), saw singer/songwriter Kevin Buckley turning inward with an intimate folk-based sound, their new album Mississippi Nights takes a more bombastic approach inspired by the performances of his longtime rhythm section, drummer Jill Aboussie and bassist Greg Lamb.
The title refers to the atmospheric vibe of the album along with a nod to the beloved downtown St. Louis rock club which hosted untold amounts of great bands until early 2007, when it closed its doors — and was replaced with a casino parking lot.
Mississippi Nights the album is less steeped in nostalgia and more interested in capturing the sound of everyday experiences, with each song taking on a character and narrative of its own. Ten story songs from various perspectives, united by themes of love, loss, hubris and hope with a familiar setting.
At live shows, Buckley is joined by Aboussie, Lamb, guitarist Marc Schneider and a who’s who of other area musical ringers.
A full-time musician based in St. Louis, Buckley is always on call with his fiddle and guitar, performing nearly every night of the week with a variety of bands ranging from Irish music to western swing and country. When not playing in St. Louis or around the country, Buckley can be found in his home studio, Avonmore, where he writes and records Grace Basement albums, as well as projects by other artists.
Today Paste is premiering Grace Basement’s new track “Standing On A Corner” from their new LP Mississippi Nights out January 19th on CD, digital and streaming formats. Kevin Buckley had this to say about the song,”‘Standing on a Corner’ is a very direct song, musically and lyrically from its Midwestern country rock vibe to the troubled narrator. This song isn’t necessarily autobiographical, but I do believe anyone who’s every picked up a guitar has felt this way at some point.”