Continuing Merge Records' big 25th anniversary celebration, the North Carolina indie label has unveiled plans for yet another deluxe reissue. Following recent announcements behind expanded Lambchop and Superchunk LPs, it's now been confirmed that singer-songwriter Richard Buckner's 1994 set Bloomed is due in newfangled form this year.
Due out March 18, the re-release arrives on CD and LP with the original album preserved on the respective formats, but both also come packaged with a bonus CD featuring 11 tracks of radio performances, material captured in concert and "original recordings of songs that appeared on future releases," according to the press release.
A tracklisting detailing the extra info for the expanded reissue has not yet been made available.
Marking Buckner's debut LP, Bloomed had originally been pressed by German label Glitterhouse in 1994 and was written while Buckner had been playing in the Doubters. According to the artist, his first solo set was tracked in Lubbock, TX, "in a small recording studio walled in wooden shingles Sharpied with bible passages from various church groups that also enjoyed working there."
Following the sessions, Buckner flew back to his home in San Francisco, broke up the Doubters and has continued on with his solo career for the last 20 years. His last LP, Surrounded, arrived via Merge last year.
Along with the upcoming reissue, Buckner also has a handful of living room performances scheduled in the U.S. You'll find the show info for the intimate concert series over here.