Staff Pick: Dave Buker & The Historians latest album treads dark terrain

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

Dave Buker & The Historians celebrate the arrival of its latest album, What Can You Bring Back to Me?, with a record release show at Rumba Cafe on Saturday, Oct. 19. But while the local folkies will undoubtedly be in high spirits on this evening, much of the music on What Can You… actually treads far darker terrain, with Buker and Co. turning out songs that touch on death ("When You Go"), the pain of regret ("Sweeter Tears") and the way memories of past relationships can imprint themselves on us like ink stains on fabric ("We Gave Up").

It helps, of course, that the band delivers these mournful messages in typically graceful fashion, layering the tunes with gorgeous vocal harmonies, delicate piano and finger-picked acoustic guitar.

Check it out for yourself by downloading the album at, where it will remain available for free through the band's Saturday release show.

Rumba Cafe

9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19

2507 Summit St., North Campus