Anyone who has met NQ Arbuckle knows that he wears his heart like a red wet spot on a crisp white shirt. They also know he'll say it's just ketchup. His music, on the other hand, never dismisses lightly, where the greatest moments exist in the smallest of events: a casual glance becomes a confession of love; a glass of beer at the bar an act of forgiveness. From the stage he cheerfully passes out pieces of his heart like hors d'oeuvres, offering up tales of heroism, the protagonist victoriously skulks home on his bicycle after an off-handed gilt by a pretty girl at the wedding party.
NQ Arbuckle is the "origin" in "original": he heeds tradition but remains true to his story. He is one of the greatest balladeers of our time backed by some of Canada's finest musicians. Every song NQ writes reincarnates itself in every delivery. Whether he calls them from the kitchen at two in the morning, or from the stage with a band in tow, each melody unfolds each tale and suddenly the plight of everyday drudgery is lifted into a tidee of rolling guitars and laughter.
NQ Arbuckle is the boy next door, and if you listen carefully, in the wee hours of the morning, you may hear him plucking out the tune to his next song. And if you really strain your ears you might just hear your name. Because NQ Arbuckle is singing about you.
Blue Rodeo, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ashley MacIsaac, Dodge Fiasco, Veal, Sarah Slean, Richard Buckner, Carolyn Mark, The Sadies, Hawksley Workman, and Rufus Wainwright have all endorsed NQ's artistry by granting him coveted support slots on their huge rock shows. Building an audience through this impressive touring track record, fans are panting for The Battle-Scarred Pinata, NQ Arbuckle's debut release.