Who: Buffalo Ruckus
Where: Denton TX
What: a countrified folk persona of the Black Crowes and the Allman Brothers
Sounds Like: Americana fortified folk Southern Rock driven hybrid band
So what is the entire rumpus over the Ruckus? Their self description of the music is that it is “a compendium of roots, Americana, southern soul, psychedelic postmodern avant-garde and experimental country-fried rock”. Not only is this quite a mouthful it is also a marketing nightmare, but whether in the recorded or live environment Buffalo Ruckus will draw and hook you in ready to rock and roam with them “plain” and simple.
With their origins beginning back in 2013 in the brewing music town of Denton, Texas, the Buffalo Ruckus has come a long way in their five years of existence. The dual cornerstone of the band is vocalist/guitarist Jason Lovell, sounding like a reserved Geddy Lee with a great Rod Stewart rasp along with Brad Haefner’s understated lead guitar work and magical mandolin playing. Rounding out the band with bass mainstay Michael Burgess and a few more guests the band was ready to record within one year of their birth resulting in their impressive self titled debut. Bringing in Grammy Nominee producer Chris Bell who had previously worked with the Eagles, U2 and Kenny Wayne Shepherd indicated that the band were very serious at their first attempt. Add the compositional highlights of “High Again”, Moonlight Rebels” closed out by the rollicking “Black Hearted Woman”, Buffalo Ruckus’s first attempt was highly remarkable.
Continuing to gig heavily in the local area over the next two years, Buffalo Ruckus developed a loyal band of followers and as that crowd grew so did their desire to record again. Bringing in prominent fellow musician and producer Jonathan Tyler, along with the outstanding opening track “Hills And Valleys” showed not only the growth in the bands compositional skills but also an album that displayed greater production qualities and clarity over its still impressive debut. Add the driving “High In The Garden”, the toe tapping “Mountain Honey”, the soulful “Lay Your Love On Me” closing out with the mesmerizing “Don’t Think We Were Fooled” Peace & Cornbread showed absolutely no sophomore slump. Frankly even between the highlights there is a blitzkrieg of impressive song after song.
Heavy gigging has continued all the way to this present day with the backbone of drummer Jerrod Ford added to the fold further improving their live sound. Not only is this a hard working band that deserve the very loyal following they have created, their live prowess has now extended beyond the realm of the immediate Denton/DFW metropolitan area but now to the neighboring states. From their work ethic to their very unique musical hybrid engine, Buffalo Ruckus deserves nationwide attention and that is all just a matter of time for this unique and endearing band.
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