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Houston-based outfit Buxton emerged in the late 2000s, developing an intelligent fusion of folk, rock, and psych-toned Americana that, after a pair of well-received indie releases, found a home on New West Records' roster in 2012. Their textural, dusty sound and strong songwriting earned acclaim and a more widespread audience on increasingly ambitious later releases like 2015's Half a Native and 2018's Stay Out Late.
Buxton were formed in La Porte, Texas, a town on the Gulf of Mexico roughly 25 miles east of Houston. Guitarist, singer, and principal songwriter Sergio Trevino formed the band in 2003; through his younger sister, he had met a pair of fellow musicians, multi-instrumentalist Jason Willis (who plays guitar, mandolin, pedal steel, and banjo) and bassist Chris Wise. The three musicians began jamming together, and before long Buxton were playing local gigs in La Porte. In 2006, the trio recorded and self-released its debut album, Red Follows Red. The album fared well enough to recover the cost of production, and the band pulled up stakes, relocating to the brighter lights of Houston.
By 2009, Buxton had expanded to a quartet with the addition of drummer Justin Terrell, and the band released its second album, the more thematically ambitious A Family Light. The album received enthusiastic reviews in the Texas music press, and Buxton began touring throughout the state and around the Southwest and West Coast. In early 2010, the group began filling out its sound with the addition of guitarist and keyboard player Austin Sepulvado, and by the end of the year, Buxton became a six-piece when Trevino invited a fan of the group, Haley Barnes, to join as a keyboard player and harmony vocalist.
In 2011, Buxton attracted the attention of the celebrated independent roots music label New West Records, and the band and the company struck a deal, with New West releasing Buxton's third album, Nothing Here Seems Strange, in January 2012. Venturing further into new sonic territory, the band's fourth album, 2015's Half a Native, took a more textural and expansive approach to their brand of dusty country-informed rock. Arriving in 2018, Stay Out Late carried on in a similar manner, with Buxton adding even more pop flavor via ample keyboards. ~ Mark Deming
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