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Makin' It Back to Macon

by Michael Buffalo Smith

Songs written by a Southern musician and author who grew up loving the Allman Brothers, Hunter S. Thompson, John Prine, Billy Bob Thornton and Bob Dylan equally.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prologue
0:29 album only
2. Makin' It Back to Macon
3:37 $0.99
3. Smell All the Roses
3:14 $0.99
4. Like Water
3:32 $0.99
5. Both Feet on the Ground
2:41 $0.99
6. My Baby Drives a Mercedes Benz
2:13 $0.99
7. On a Still Cold Saturday
2:54 $0.99
8. Johnny Taylor's Doin' Alright
2:03 $0.99
9. Tired of Livin' Blues
4:43 $0.99
10. Woman in the Moon (It Comes in Waves)
2:59 $0.99
11. Epilogue
1:58 album only
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Album Notes
"Michael Buffalo Smith as a musician, writer, critic, and southern music historian really gets it. His taste and deep appreciation for the real thing are qualities that inspire all of us
in his wake. And it's a big wake."

- Billy Bob Thornton (Oscar and Golden Globe Winning Actor, Director and Musician)


This album has been over ten years in the making. Well, not the actual making, but the planning, says South Carolina recording artist Michael Buffalo Smith. My last album, Something Heavy, was recorded and released in 2005. For those keeping score at home, that’s thirteen years ago. As far back as 2008 I was planning to do a new record, but as they say, “life got in the way.” I had written the title track, mostly, and I had a vision of the album being produced by the great Paul Hornsby, the Capricorn Records guru who produced all of the first hit albums by hometown heroes The Marshall Tucker Band, along with albums for The Charlie Daniels Band, Wet Willie and many others from my pool of heroes. I didn’t even know Paul at the time. I had interviewed him for my Gritz magazine, but it would be several more years and a couple of more interviews before I actually started feeling like he was my friend. Now I am in the middle of working with him on his biography. How cool is that?
I also dreamed of asking some of the old Capricorn and other Southern Rock artists to do guest spots of the record. The first one I wanted to ask was founding Cowboy member (and one of my favorite singer/songwriter/guitarists) Tommy Talton. After one of his gigs at the Melting Point in Athens in about 2008, I just came out and asked him. I even told him about the blues song and my idea of just having him play some old-school Robert Johnson type slide and me singing, maybe one of us stomping a foot. To my surprise, he agreed. Flash forward ten-plus years and my “dream” album is done, with Hornsby producing and playing piano and Talton doing some mighty fine guitar work.
Some of my other dreams did not make the cut. I had asked my buddy Jakson Spires (Blackfoot) about playing drums on a song or two and he was all in, but sadly he passed away. I also had commitments from Marshall Tucker Band guitarist George McCorkle (who played on my album) as well as two members of Grinderswitch, Dru Lombar and Larry Howard, all of whom we lost too early. I did manage to be blessed with some fine musicians including my long time band mate from the Buffalo Hut Coalition, Greg Yeary, a great guitarist who also wrote one of the songs and co-wrote another; Joey Parrish and Daniel Jackson of The Silver Travis Band and Towson “Lefty” Engsberg on drums, who was a member of the late Tommy Crain’s band The Crosstown Allstars (and still is); Austin, Texas honky-tonker Billy Eli (who recently co-produced my EP The Austin Sessions); and the magnificent Georgia Songbird herself, E.G. Kite on backing vocals. On day one, we wound up without a bass player, and a Macon bassist named Hal Brandstetter kindly played bass on the first track. Add to that the magical piano work of my producer Paul Hornsby, and we had quite a nice group pf players. I was, and am, honored.
While I brought the songs to the table, the recording was a group effort, with ideas and input from everyone and all of us deferring to Paul Hornsby for the final decisions. As it should be.
As an interesting aside, the cover photo for the album features my step daughter, Hannah Greene and my first-born grandchild, Zoe. As I mentioned earlier, I was planning to do this album ten years ago, and that included the cover idea. My late wife, Jill McLane, counted photography among her hobbies. And had shot the cover photos for three of my previous albums as well as hundreds of photos to accompany articles I had written for magazines. In 2008, she took Hannah and Zoe to a backroad location and shot a series of photos with her digital camera. Several months ago, I came to the somewhat startling realization that I didn’t have any idea where those photo files were. I remember backing them up a few different was, including on CD, but no matter how hard I looked, the files were nowhere to be found. I had given up and was going to reshoot with another model. We were over halfway finished with the recording when a random search of my computer for something totally different lead me to a folder marked with a date in 2008. That’s all. I opened it to find all of the Hannah photos. Some call it luck. I call it a blessing.

Michael Buffalo Smith Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Greg Yeary Electric Guitar
Joey Parrish Bass
Towson Engsberg Drums
Paul Hornsby Piano
Tommy Talton Electric and acoustic guitar, Slide, Dobro
Billy Bob Thornton Spoken Word
Daniel Jackson Acoustic Guitar, backing Vocal
EG Kight Backing Vocal
Hal Brandstetter Bass on “Makin’ it Back to Macon”


Michael Buffalo Smith was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, the home town of The Marshall Tucker Band (as well as Hank Garland, The Sparkletones, Peabo Bryson and many others). He founded the southern music magazine GRITZ in 1998, and in 2011 launched the digital music magazine KUDZOO. Smith has had nine books published on music history, and this is his seventh music album. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Southern Rock Hall of Fame & Museum, a radio host, an actor and a double-naught spy. (Okay, so I made the last one up.) He writes freelance for various publications, and has written liner notes for artists including Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, the Silver Travis Band and more.



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