In Buckley's own words Friday night:
Profoundly humbled and honored to have been inducted into the Mariachi Hall of Fame tonight at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference' Espectacular Concert tonight. Thanks so much to the conference, to the mariachis and folkloricos who inspire us, and to all the many folks who patiently taught me the rudiments of this extraordinary music and dance. Special thanks to Richard Carranza, Julie Gallego-Gonzalez, Ralph Gonzalez, Raul Aguirre, Elva Flores and the whole Ruiz and Carrillo families who always either had the answer or knew someone who could explain to me what I did not know.
Buckley's induction brings me to his recent Kickstarter campaign. He's raising $15,000 to help get a documentary off the ground about how Tucson's mariachi instruction transformed the city and how we view Mexican-American culture. Generations of Mexican-American youth have gone on to do amazing things in politics, law, medicine and elsewhere. Buckley has witnessed how it's all connected as he's written about mariachi groups, performances and collaborations at many, many mariachi conferences.
So, back to the Mariachi Hall of Fame: If you're going to donate to a project or wondering if this guy gets it, he does.