Nearly two years after its inception, Sam Buckingham is taking her potent album Dear John" around Australia to celebrate its April 8th release.Revered for her soul baring, intimate performances, Buckinghams new live show keeps organic sounds and storytelling at the core, with the bold addition of live looping and sampling.Im using Ableton Push to sample sounds that we created in the studio, live loop my vocals and bring the album to life as a solo touring artist. I think its important for a song to be able to hold its own with just a guitar and voice, so theres plenty of that too... But this album is about full self expression, so Ive created a show that brings the audience into my creative process and internal world. Theres so much more going on musically, but its the most emotionally raw Ive ever been.Centring around issues such as gender equality, freedom of self expression and violence against women, Buckingham made a clear decision to use her platform as a creator to reveal her personal experiences of abuse, self censoring and the quest for self actualisation - while speaking to a broader experience of being a woman.I wrote the album while I was learning how to stand up for myself and back who I am and what I want - but I was really aware that the stories are bigger than just me. My experience mirrors so many peoples stories and I wanted to create something that helped women feel seen.Buckingham has toured alongside the likes of Washington, Paul Kelly, Tim Freedman, Ben Lee, Katie Noonan and Matt Corby and hosts the Song Baker podcast - having frank conversations with women in music.