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by Mucho Buddha

This truly eclectic rock, worldbeat, funk CD was voted in the top 10 New Mexico releases of 2003.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fine Fine Medicine
4:22 $0.99
2. Anja Machela
3:33 $0.99
3. Dragonfly
4:56 $0.99
4. Opportunity
3:07 $0.99
5. Shine
5:12 $0.99
6. Lucky Day
5:03 $0.99
7. Everything
5:19 $0.99
8. Fire
5:21 $0.99
9. A Better Way
5:05 $0.99
10. Goes Like This (You Got the Power)
4:39 $0.99
11. Gone
2:20 $0.99
12. Jerome Blues
3:45 $0.99
13. Bow Bow Bow Chicky Chicky Chicky
3:18 $0.99
14. Alligator
6:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
This fourteen song CD was voted in the top 10 local releases in New Mexico for 2003 by the Albuquerque "Weekly Alibi", the region's foremost alternative paper.

This is a band that can improvise its way into the ozone and whether dark or light, they let it all go free! Mucho Buddha, of Albuquerque, New Mexico uniquely and distinctly combines alternative rock, world-beat, funk and folk into a positive, listenable and danceable groove. The group's work is all-original music, which gains new fans with each and every performance.
Buddha consists of four charming, yet extreme musicians...which is to say they are extremely passionate about the music they create. Since their beginning, the group has had a connection like no other. The lyrics are tight throughout and the rhythms are simply poetic. The sounds they generate are unique and a fine, fine medicine for the soul.
As far as instrumental communication, no clarification is needed. With each member's significant musical backgrounds, they have much to talk about. Lead man, Chuck Hawley, weaves all of his guitar, guitarsynth and trombone playing together into a cohesive tapestry of sound. Hawley's voice is strong, yet smooth and his lyrics create a natural connection within the rest of the group and the audience. Ben Jones, on violin, has a gypsy jazz spirit and a Hendrix-like wild side. This tempered with gentle emotionalism, he also sings, plays harmonica and grooves on the keys, giving away his natural charm as a showman!
Madman, Dave Pankuch, pumps out electrifying rhythms on his five-string fretless bass. He fluidly combines jazzy sentience with booty shaking funk attitude. Anchoring the group is Dave Chrestensen on kit and percussion. This Dave works it in every song, while exploring a wide range of rhythms and tones through world, rock, funk, Latin, swing and even orchestral style grooves.
Beside the point of just being great musicians, one of their greatest attributes is that they are all exceptionally intuitive. Although the music is structured and arranged respectively, the imagination and ingenuity literally sings through. Their ability of individual improvisation is immense, yet as a group it is immaculate. Intently listening to one another, the end result is an even flow. Audiences easily perceive the internal connection within the band.
Currently, Buddha is promoting their first studio album, Dragonfly, which was released in September of 2003.
For up-to-date listings of shows, checkout the band's website at



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Lane Andress

Diverse musical landscapes, inspiring lyrics, and lots of groove, baby!
The music is so diverse, it is deep and inspiring lyrically, extremely groovin', rockin' and jammin' with a touch of good 'ole hoe-down country style. The music makes you want to get up and dance in your living room for the sheer joy of being alive!

Everyone should check out several sound clips because one alone will not capture the many varieties on this album (heck even on clip of one song may not capture what may be in the whole song!).


perfect for all occasions
get ready to invite some friends over and chill to this cd. it's the perfect music for almost anyone, alittle of this and alittle of that. this is what i call intelligent music, ecclectic sounds and good use of instruments. these guys know how to jam!


Way Cool...
I love my Dragonfly, and especially the funky violin and the blues harmonica.


Something for everyone
This a mix of soul,rock,and country that people young and old will love. This is because this C.D. is up-beat and slow at the same time so children aren't bored and adults don't think that it is today's trashy music. I recomend this C.D. for this reason.

Stu Rasmussen

Only CD I own.
I'm kinda strange i guess, and i don't own much of anything; i used to own a bunch of stuff including hundreds (well maybe not Hundreds)of CDs, but now this is the only CD i own; in the entire world; becuz it is the Best CD of all time. Maybe.


Love it! Unique, brilliant and captivating. I love the way the music on this CD entices you to move your body to its continuously transforming rhythms. Its songs are funky, poetic, playful, soulful and sexy. The combination of instruments and musical genious prevails as one of New Mexico's optimum musical experiences...


A really fine band and CD
I ran across Mucho Buddha at The District while stumbling around downtown Albuquerque, suffering from beer poisoning. I haven't heard as rich a live performance since my college days in Stillwater OK listening to an unknown Garth Brooks playing at Tumbleweeds. These guys are truely extraordinary musicians, able to create a cohesive sound in a less than ideal setting. Chuck Hawley’s lead guitar and vocals are a perfect match for the high energy, eclectic songs. While I have to say that my enjoyment of their CD is probably influenced by my memory of their live performance, it’s a great showcase of their talent, even if it is a little over engineered at times, taking away some of the wildness of their live sets. My recommendation…buy the CD and then search out the band at one of their live performances around Albuquerque.