Michael Buffalo Smith
CD Southern Lights
Michael Smith is not trying to buffalo you on this disk. The Country singer/songwriter has produced a CD with uplifting songs and deep, resounding vocals.
A band called the Crawlers and other musicians back up Smith with a pleasing mixture of rock and Country. A combination of electric, slide, and acoustic guitars and keyboards, along with bass and drums, are expertly layered and mixed here.
Into the Light features some incredible slide work. On I Dont Want to Say Goodbye, Smith shares vocals with Bonnie Bramlett. Hookers Boogie, not written by Smith, borrows from John Lee, but that is forgivable since it is a tribute to him. And this is the first time I can remember hearing a dobro used with Hookers riffs.
Mad Dog is nicely done mid-tempo boogie rock. Ride on My Friend and Gemini Soul, recall the mellower songs of the Marshall Tucker Band and the Allman Brothers. The latter even sounds a bit like Santana. Buddha in the Swimming Pool is a novelty tune, but it has a good beat with a compelling hook.
Smith is also the editor of GRITZ: The Magazine of Southern Music (www.gritz.net). He certainly knows his music, and his musicians, as he proves here.
Web site at http://www.michaelbuffalosmith.com
- Dave Howell