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Maker Music caught up with Jake Smith from The White Buffalo for a segment of their One Take videos. This is Jake performing ‘Wish It Was True’ with a guitar, a couple of mikes and filmed in one long take.
Wish It Was True is such a gorgeous and and powerful song. This video captures the bitter ‘want to hit everyone but I’m so lost, hopeless and disillusioned that all I can do is put my head in my hands and weep’ feel of the song perfectly.
Wish It Was True is available on the album, Once Upon a Time in the West. You all can find Jake and the guys on Twitter as @blancobuffalo and also over on Facebook.
The ‘Bit is reading John Steinbeck for her English class so it seemed serendipitous to start my review of Once Upon a Time in the West, the new album from The White Buffalo (Jake Smith, Matt Lynott, Tommy Andrews) with a quote from another California storyteller:
We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought…”
Jake Smith does this. Whether he is singing about growing up in California in BB Guns and Dirtbikes, or about the things many of us long to do over in Wish it Was True, his skill as a songwriter, as a storyteller, shines through. When he sings the words just pour out and I find myself remembering and feeling - yes, that is the way it was.
My favorites are The Pilot, which has become my go-to song for those bad days when I feel like “kickin ass and taking names”, Wish it Was True, full of grim regrets and broken promises, the honky tonk vibe of Good Ole Day to Die and the mournful One Lone Night:
I’m dreamin’ wide awake, sleepwalkin’ shake the dust out.
Got to give this heart a break, I can’t seem to slow the beats down…”
So beautiful, but with an edge that digs in and hurts. I don’t know how many of the stories that Jake tells are real but it doesn’t matter because they all -feel- real. He doesn’t just write songs; he weaves worlds. That’s music.
Bottom line – I love this album. Yes go buy it. Or listen to the tracks below, then go buy it.
Once Upon a Time in the West is set to release on Feb 28, 2012. You can also pre-order a copy from iTunes or Amazon.
- Kit Tweet
Suddenly my day is magically better…
I woke up this morning with a song playing in my head. This isn’t unusual for me as I often wake with music playing, either from the alarm or from some internal speaker. What is unusual is I have been waking to the same song for three or four days in a row.
What on earth have I become,
I can’t hide forever from, the light of day.
It’s not what I want,
It’s always too late…”
I have written before about singers that sound as though they have lost their love. In The Dark Side of Town, Jake Smith sounds as though he has lost his entire world. When people say they are haunted by a song they could easily be talking about this one. It is sad and beautiful and the quiet, hopeless resignation almost makes me cry.
This is my favorite track on the new EP release from The White Buffalo, The Lost and Found. I first heard Jake on a StageIt concert and his voice just blew me away. Add in Tommy Andrews on bass and Matt Lynott on drums and the music is phenomenal.
If I had been able to spend some time listening to The Lost and Found before the year ended it would have easily made my Best of 2011. Jake has joined my list of songwriters that take tales of everyday life and craft them into amazing songs. How the West Was Won and The Pilot (two tracks also on the upcoming full length set for release in late Feb) use themes that have been put into song countless times but when Jake takes those themes and runs them through the filter of his life they come out sounding new and modern while still carrying a timeless quality.
Okay, okay… I also have days when I really, really ‘wish I was an outlaw’.
Look, I can ramble on for pages but it all comes down to the sound and no amount of description can replace hearing the music for yourselves. Check out the video for The Dark Side of Town and listen to The Pilot mp3 above, then pop over to The White Buffalo website and launch the music player to hear even more music and check out some older videos.
Bottom line – this EP is awesome and well worth the money. You can purchase The Lost and Found from Amazon or iTunes. You can also find The White Buffalo on Facebook or follow Jake on twitter @blancobuffalo. Keep an eye (and ear) out for the upcoming full length release, Once Upon a Time in the West, which comes out on on Feb 28th.
- Kit Tweet
2011 was an exceptional year for music and I am so happy I was able to listen to so much of it. I can’t do ‘Best of’ list since I just can’t chose which was the best but I do have a few favorites I want to toss out before the year is done.
- Favorite Albums -
Closer to You by The Coronas
Mergers and Aquisitions by Have Gun Will Travel
Keep Your Devils Around by American Scarecrows
Revelator by the Tedeschi Trucks Band
- Favorite New (to me) Band(s) -
The Amends, Arliss Nancy and Gypsy and the Wolf
- Favorite New Singer(s) -
Jake Smith (aka The White Buffalo), Charlie Spraggs and Leslie Craig
- Favorite Song(s) -
Shook Up by Viv and the Revival, Wild Hearts by American Scarecrows and Break Me by Steve Carlson
Favorite Music Vid – This was so, so very hard to pick.
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High points (music-blog-wise) for me in 2011 include Twitter (how did I live without for so long?), Daniel Logan and Jack Moore (again, how did I live without for so long), StageIt and Reverbnation, Ninebullets Radio and the daily posts, pics and videos from The Coronas while they recorded their new album in LA.
No list of mine would be complete without a quiet ‘thank you’ to Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records. In May of 2007 he put up a free sampler cd of SHR bands on eMusic and I snagged some tracks. I had already moved to mostly blues and some indie in my music but finding those bands tipped the scales for me. Nearly five years later almost all the music I enjoy comes from small labels like SHR.
Got a 2011 list of your own? Toss it in the comments section as I am always looking for new bands to squee over.