Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Riding The White Buffalo

This isn’t the first time that we’ve written about today’s Pullin’ ‘Tubes subject, The White Buffalo. Last year, Ryan joking referred to the alter ego of Jake Smith as Mr. Irrelevant, for holding the distinction of being the last act listed on Bonnaroo’s 2011 lineup. While it’s safe to say that the distinction probably did hold true, as most ‘roo attendees probably had never heard a note from the singer-songwriter, those that did show up to his two scheduled sets at Bonnaroo’s two smallest stages – the On Tap Lounge and Sonic Stage – most likely walked away mightily impressed from his much buzzed about performances. With the recent of release of Once Upon a Time in the West, it’s now time for a wider audience to sit up and take notice of the music of The White Buffalo.

What will immediately will stand out when you first sit down and listen to the music of The White Buffalo is Mr. Smith’s voice. There is no avoiding it, so let’s just get it out of the way, he’s a dead ringer to Eddie Vedder, possessing the same croaky, whiskey-drenched growl of the Pearl Jam front man. Once you put that behind you, there isn’t much of a similarity with the seminal grunge act, as The White Buffalo plays a gutsy brand of country-rock that owes a great debt to Neil Young and evokes imagery of a dusty rough and tumble border town. The White Buffalo have a handful of a spring dates scheduled, which includes a stop at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on March 24. Let’s check out the music video for the album’s lead single, Wish It Was True…

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