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Singer-songwriter Richard Buckner’s last two albums, Since and Devotion & Doubt, garnered many a critical rave, but they failed to capture the immediacy of a man, his guitar, and his emotional blues as well as his 1993 debut, Bloomed. Now reissued with five bonus tracks, Bloomed dips into the well of Townes Van Zandt and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, combining country-folk twang with deeply confessional lyrics. Buckner’s slightly off-kilter phrasing—and the way he sometimes swallows words rather than belting them out—takes some getting used to, but his husky and quaking voice is as much his trademark as is Willie Nelson’s. Hear Buckner in his prime element—an all-acoustic set—along with fellow alt-country troubadour Alejandro Escovedo at 9 p.m. at Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. (CP)