Michael Buffalo Smith | Something Heavy

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Something Heavy

by Michael Buffalo Smith

Southern Roots Rock
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Hard Drivin' Man
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2. Something Heavy
3:46 album only
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3. The Visit
2:47 album only
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4. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
3:48 album only
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5. Natural Born Cowby
3:07 album only
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6. Hangin' Judge
2:13 album only
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7. Jack Daniels If You Please
4:01 album only
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8. Redneckin'
3:23 album only
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9. Dreaming Buffalo
3:33 album only
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10. Yard Sale Man
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11. Everyday Grind
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12. Chapel of Ease
1:26 album only
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13. Rocket City Express
2:44 album only
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Album Notes
MICHAEL BUFFALO SMITH RELEASES "SOMETHING HEAVY"
Alabama All Star Cast Joins Smith On Record

GREENVILLE, SC - The latest album from Upstate South Carolina's Michael Buffalo Smith, Something Heavy, will be released on June 24, the artist's birthday. It is Smith's fifth album in a twelve-year period. The CD will be released on Mill Kids Records, an indie label in Huntsville, Alabama. Smith is again backed by the excellent band The Crawlers, who are also based in Huntsville

Also along for the ride are founding Marshall Tucker Band member turned Nashville singer/songwriter George McCorkle; Muscle Shoals guitar legend Pete Carr (his signature leads can be heard on "Main Street" by Bob Seger and "Tonight's The Night" by Rod Stewart, just to name a couple); JoJo Billingsley, one of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd backup ensemble The Honkettes who sang with the late Ronnie Van Zant; John D. Wyker, leader of the early '70's charting band Sailcat; multi-instrumentalist Danny Hall, singer Rodeo Jan and keyboard guru Larry Perkins.

Something Heavy begins with a rocking tune written by Wyker called "Hard Drivin' Man," an ode to truckers, bikers and musicians that features the slippery slide guitar of Ray Brand. Next is the title track, "Something Heavy," penned by the late Eddie Hinton, a swampy blues with some Danny Hall acoustic that will get your mojo a workin.' There is a country-rock rendition of the Meat Loaf hit "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," and another Smith original, "Redneckin," quite possibly the new theme song of blue collar Southerners everywhere. The album is rich with variety, all tied together by the powerful voice of a Southern man with a whole lot of soul.

Michael Buffalo Smith is Publisher/Editor of GRITZ Magazine, as well as a frequent contributor to other magazines such as Goldmine, Mojo and Relixe. He is the author of several books including Carolina Dreams: The Musical Legacy of Upstate South Carolina, and The Ultimate Southern Rock Book.Smith has performed with everyone from The Marshall Tucker Band to Southern Rock Allstars, Molly Hatchet, The Charlie Daniels Band, Bonnie Bramlett, Jerry LaCroix and many more.

Smith has two previous albums on cdBaby, as well as two out of print titles to his credit.

REVIEWS

Michael Buffalo Smith
Something Heavy
(Mill Kids Music)

A white feather, stark against black on the cover, seems set to fly in the face of the title Something Heavy. But I'll bet Michael Buffalo Smith thought "profound" more than contrasts when he named his new album for the song he covers flawlessly-a great song by the late, great southern raconteur, Eddie Hinton. There's a prideful embrace of all forms of southern music-particularly southern rock-with every spin of Smith's records. The music is profound, so in that sense "heavy" describes it well. His last album, 2002's Southern Lights, proved he's an exceptional torchbearer and the lights are in no way dimmed here. These are sparkling, wide-ranging new songs and covers, all perfectly suited to Smith's personality and mission. He sings them in a clear, robust voice and as usual, a few "heavy" friends aid and abet his excellent band, The Crawlers. "Redneckin'" is pure good ol' boy fun, the guitars of George McCorkle, Pete Carr, Danny Hall, and Ray Brand (who sadly recently passed on) turning it into quite a twang-fest. Rodeo Jan Elkins and Jo Jo Billingsley (of Skynyrd fame) help sing the sweet gospel on "Chapel of Ease." Seemingly meant as an interlude, this song stands out tall. "Jack Daniels if You Please" is great outlaw country, but my favorite is the Marshall Tucker-like "Everyday Grind," where Mr. McCorkle's succinct solos delightfully recall his days in that primo group. Memories do pop up in listening to this fine album, but fresh ones are made, too. Smith has much to be proud of.

Tom Clarke - Hittin' The Note Magazine (Sep 6, 2005)

Michael Buffalo Smith
Something Heavy
Two years after his last effort, our friend from Gritz Magazine, Michael Buffalo Smith, is back on the scene with his fifth album. As with his last one, it was recorded in Huntsville, Alabama with his great buddies, the Crawlers, the band that features the extraordinary and too much unknown guitar and slide guitar player, the great Ray Brand. For the recording, Michael was fortunate to work a lot some great musicians. Just to name a few, he had George Mc Corkle, from the Marshall Tucker Band, in the studio. He also had Pete Carr, a great guitar player who used to play with Duane Allman. Jo Jo Billingsley from Lynyrd Skynyrd was also there to record vocals (Jo Jo was recently seen on stage with the Saturday Night Special band, playing with Ed King, Artimus Pyle.) There are also rumours about her working on a solo album. Needless to say that's a great bunch of people to work with.The result is a great album mixing all of Michael's influences, going from country rock to gospel music, with bluesy, southern and acoustic atmospheres (listen to the beautiful 'Yard Sale Man". The album features great vocal harmonies, great slide work and real nice guitar harmonies ala Allman Brothers ("Rocket City Express"). Another surprise is Michael's voice. I had never realized how deep and rich his voice was. This is a great album (I really like his last album but, to me, this is the best work yet from Michael), which sounds more country rock than Southern rock. Congrats for your work Michael, and we're still waiting for you to tour in Europe !

-Dominique Turgot - Bands of Dixie;
France (Jul 11, 2005)

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Mick Hubbard, MFV Radio

Slams the rest out of the water!!!
This CD is baaad to the bone, and that's really good! It's some kicking southern jams, and havin' a real Honkette like Jo-Jo on this CD as backup really adds that extra kick in there.

Great Job Buffalo!
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Lisa Hembre

Sexy, Different, Beautiful
This is one of the best CD's I have EVER heard. Wide variety of styles, and all good. I could listen to Buffalo sing all day and hum all night. *giggle* An amazing artist who should be in the world spotlight!! XXXOOO
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The Jersey Rebel

Roll it on, Brother Michael!
Skin-peeling guitar, gutsy vocals, and high octane cookin' rhythm--but it's Buffalo Smith again at the head of the herd. An extra dash of Nashville-meets-South Carolina country kickin' too, as Michael goes "Redneckin'" with his buddies. But don't forget to know where the exit is, 'cause "Natural Born Cowboy" and "Hangin' Judge" Smith and late friend Ray Brand mean justice and good music as the law of the land. Just kick back with some "Jack Daniels, if you please" and it's all right again. A nice acoustic picking follows this "Dreaming Buffalo," but "Rocket City Express" brings you back to the start of the ride, not the end. Buckle up one more time and go!
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Joe Parrish

Show cases Buffalo's talents as a song writer.
This CD highlites Buffalo's song writting. Not a 'filler' song on the CD ... very listenable .
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Barry Johnson

Michael Buffalo Smith,not only hit a home run,he hit a Grand Slam!
Michael Buffalo Smith,has really got something here.From the opening song Hard Drivin'Man,a tip of the hat to Truckers and Bikers,with a super smooth slide guitar,to Something Heavy,a Powerful song,where you can just feel that heavy air of the swamp,to a Signature cover of Two Out of Three Ain't Bad,This CD Smokes-And I just ain't Whistling Dixie.My personal favorite cut Redneckin',really shows Smiths raw soulful heart,infact it really bleeds southern culture, on a down home Saturday night on a two-lane blacktop with my baby,headed to a favorite haunt.Yes,not only did Smith hit a home run,he hit a Grand Slam.
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Eloise Johnston

awesome, Buffalo's best ever
Awesome! Buffalo outdid himself. Something Heavy is a great mix of southern rock, country and blues, all of the good stuff. Hard Drivin Man has some great guitar work and the title track Something Heavy is pure swamp ala Eddie Hinton meets Tony Joe White. The country song Redneckin is a hit. Great job Micheal!
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Billy T.

mastering
Man this thing sounds great. The mastering job must have cost an arm and a leg.
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terry collins

redneck killer
great cd.. the music is a blend that only a musican like mb smith could bring together.... red neckin touches home with me... ive lived that song. the cd is loaded with some of the best pickers in the buisness.. if we could see life through mb,s eyes it would be like a rollor coaster ride and he puts that to music touching on rock-a-billy , southern rock and blues with about a half cup of country.
terry collins
silver travis band
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Billy Bob Thornton

Buffalo Rocks
Michael Buffalo Smith is a big man with an even bigger talent. A great writer, singer and guitarist, and a hell of a good guy.
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Jimmy from the Rhythm Pigs

Great Job Michael! Love the Originals and Unique Covers!
"Something Heavy" and "Redneckin" are my favorites along with "Jack Daniel's if You Please" but all the tunes are standouts. The band sounds great behind Michael B. and the guest artists sound like part of the band. Highly recommended AMERICAN MUSIC!!!
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