Singles & EPs
About Buck Meek
Although best known as guitarist and backing vocalist for Big Thief, Buck Meek makes gentle and melancholy, cowboy country-inflected songs as a soloist. He released his first short-form material in the months leading up to the formation of his Billboard 200-charting indie band in 2014. His full-length solo debut, Buck Meek, appeared in 2018.
Born in Houston, Alexander Buck Meek was raised by a glass artist and a child psychologist partly in Houston and, later, Wimberley, Texas. He learned his first guitar chords from his mother around the age of six and played jazz manouche and outlaw country as a teen. Meek graduated from the Berklee College of Music in the late 2000s, finishing just as soon-to-be-collaborator Adrianne Lenker enrolled.
Having relocated to Brooklyn from Boston, Meek ran into a newly arriving Lenker a few years later, and the two remembered each other from an interaction when they shared the same bill at a show in Boston. Fast friends and kindred musical spirits, they released two EPs as a duo in 2014 -- A-Sides and B-Sides -- before forming Big Thief with bass player Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia. Meek issued his debut studio EP, Heart Was Beat, in 2015. Among its collaborators were Lenker, Oleartchik, and Mat Davidson, aka Twain.
Big Thief's first album, Masterpiece, followed on Saddle Creek in 2016, a year that also saw them make appearances at the South by Southwest Festival and in support slots on tours with Eleanor Friedberger, Frankie Cosmos, and M. Ward. They made their national TV debut with a performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers in March 2017. The quartet's second album, Capacity, arrived that June and reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Heatseekers, independent, Americana/folk, and vinyl charts.
After touring in support of Capacity, including a headlining run and dates with Conor Oberst, Meek released his first solo album, Buck Meek, on Austin-based Keeled Scales that May. He later toured his solo material with Twain and opened over dozen shows for solo Jeff Tweedy in 2019.
Back with Big Thief, their third straight album with producer Andrew Sarlo, the more exploratory U.F.O.F., marked the band's debut for 4AD in May 2019. They spent much of the rest of the year touring North America and Europe before issuing their fourth album, Two Hands, in October. It became their highest-charting record to date, reaching number 113 on the Billboard 200. As the year came to a close, Big Thief received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album for U.F.O.F.
After being forced off the road by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Meek recorded his second solo long-player, Two Saviors, with Davidson, Adam Brisbin (guitar), and Austin Vaughn (drums) as his backing band. The latter two had contributed to his debut album, as had returning engineers Phil Weinrobe and Sarlo. ~ Marcy Donelson