Last Thursday was a perfect night out for the lovers and the wanderers. Under a disco ball illuminated ceiling, Jake Smith, known to his die-hard fans as The White Buffalo, brought his signature cowpunk and alternative country style to the Regent.
This was the first stop of his Year of the Dark Horse Tour with supporting act, LA Edwards. The pair did not disappoint. With Christopher Hoffee shredding the guitar and Matt “The Machine” Lynette on the drums, The White Buffalo maneuvered effortlessly through 15+ song of pure adrenaline as fans danced and headbanged at every crescendo of the music.
All though the pandemic stunted the live promotions of the 2020 album, “On the Widow,” fans did not miss a beat getting to the venue to show support for their favorite outlaw and to celebrate the newest album, Year of the Dark Horse. It didn’t matter if you were a new fan who just heard about him, a seasoned fan who has been plying The White Buffalo’s music since they heard “Wrong” in 2001 or if you stumbled upon his voice throughout your weekly watch party of the “Sons of Anarchy” franchise — Thursday night was a great time for all White Buffalo fans. There is no denying his star power. I might have found my new favorite country musician.
After seeing The White Buffalo live I must recommend you check out the new album. It’s a perfect blend of experimental art music with a blend of cinematic outlaw sounds. Whatever you know of country music, this album is breaking the mold.
Press play on “C’mon Come Up Come Up” and “She Don’t Know That I Lie.” You won’t be disappointed.
Words & Photos by Asha Moné