Our Story

Buckledown is a New Country and Classic Rock band covering a wide range of popular music from 80's to present with a little old school mixed in for flavour. The groups strong vocals and excellent musicianship blend seamlessly to bring to life all of your favorites from New Country, Classic Rock and Classic Country genres. The group formed in 2013 with a dynamic mix of seasoned musicians hailing from diverse backgrounds including blues, hard rock, country and pop. Since then Buckledown has been performing at special events, fairs, festivals and private functions throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. 

STEVE CATER- Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar

Kemptville, Ontario, singer/songwriter Steve Cater, popular solo acoustic act, founded Buckledown in 2013. Since inception, Buckledown has been praised for rich traditional country vocal performances and excellent musicianship. In just a few short years Buckledown has grown to headline regional festivals and fairs, recently performing at Kemptville live music festival ahead of Colin James. Buckledown continues to expand it's audience and tailor it's sound to an even more diverse demographic. 

Listen to what others have said about Steve's performances:
"...an easy, natural talent with a show stopping, resonant baritone voice that not only pays tribute to New Country influences but compares quite favorably... he ain't just whistlin' Dixie, folks, he's singing it!"
 - B. Enloe, Musician & Owner "The Branch Texas Grill".
 “Such a rich, strong country voice. Always puts on a great entertaining show!”
 - D. Fisher- Star 97.5 radio


Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, audio technician & DJ John Wilberforce is a skilled bassist and veteran of the eastern Ontario music scene. He has performed in numerous groups over the years, including as front man for a Keith Urban tribute show "URBAN". 

John is in high demand not only for his fabulous bass skills but also his exceptional vocal chops. His harmony rounds out the Buckledown sound.
He can also be found locally at one of his solo acoustic shows performing a mix of top 40 hits, country, rock and his own original music. 

DAN DESLAURIER - Lead Guitar/backing vocals 

Richmond Ontario guitarist and vocalist Dan Deslauriers has long been a fixture in the Ottawa music scene, both as a side and front man of various genres of bands. He is renowned for the fire and honesty that he expresses with his voice and a guitar, as well as his technical skill and the unique ways in which his extensive musical knowledge seeps into the music. In both his original music and his interpretations of classics, he draws on diverse influences such as country, jazz, roots, and rock. A versatile and creative guitarist, his skill set and talent have extraordinary range.


Ken Reynolds has been an avid drummer / teacher / session artist  in the Ottawa area for over 30 years ! He has had the pleasure of playing with many local bands and artists , and has mentored many students as well.  He has played with HOSS County, the Country Kings, Dark horse, Hickory Wind, Midnight Highway, Sticks n’Stones, Robert Farrell, Sweet and the BackBeat and Ridin’ Shotgun.
Ken endorses Yamaha drums, Paiste cymbals,Vic firth sticks, Evans heads and Protection racket cases.

 Ellen Daly is an award-winning fiddler from Ottawa who has won many prestigious fiddle competitions across North America including, 2011 Junior Canadian Open Fiddle Champion and 2008 Eastern North American Irish Fiddling Champion. She has been playing the fiddle for 17 years and enjoys playing many styles of music including, Bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, Country, Jazz, Cape Breton Old Time Folk and Classical Music. Ellen joins Buckledown by client request.