Derek Buckley Bio

Born in a small town on the east coast of Florida, Derek grew up next to an alligator farm just a few miles from NASA and Cocoa Beach’s world class surf.  As a kid he was heavily into sports and fishing.  In high school, he joined a student group and performed for the first time in front of an audience.  It was short-lived and in the early 90’s he enrolled at the University of Central Florida where his roommate taught him his first three chords.  After leaving UCF, Derek began playing at local open mic nights around Orlando while he worked on his guitar skills until he was able to manage a few short sets on his own.  He moved to South Florida  and played at local bars until  he partnered with a solo guitarist and performed as a duo in south Florida.  Eventually they decided to form a band, Jack Lord's Hair (a nod to the man of Hawaii 5-0!).  As lead singer, Derek and the band enjoyed moderate local success playing mostly new and alternative rock such as STP, Green Day, and Nine Inch Nails.   The band had its last performance on the beaches of Boca Raton in 1998.  Years later, deciding it was never too late to chase his dreams, in 2016 Derek decided it was time to give it another go and he had his first solo gig at a Ladies Night in Wisconsin Dells.  Shortly thereafter, he joined the band Country Wide and they quickly gained popularity in Madison and surrounding counties.  At the end of 2019, he decided to focus on his solo career and parted ways with the band.  Now with a renewed enthusiasm for his country roots, he plays a variety of genres and regularly performs for small and large venues throughout the midwest.  

 

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