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White Buffalo

by Rod MacDonald

Uptempo folk-rock at its finest, with acoustic guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, and some of MacDonald's most enduring songs, this classic 1986 recording was remastered for full fidelity for this 2014 re-release.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Song of My Brothers
4:17 $0.99
2. The Cross Country Waltz
4:51 $0.99
3. Ode to the Pretty Girls
4:46 $0.99
4. Sanctuary
2:49 $0.99
5. Sand Castle
6:13 $0.99
6. White Buffalo
5:49 $0.99
7. Water
4:10 $0.99
8. Blues for the River
4:41 $0.99
9. The Aliens Came in Business Suits
4:07 $0.99
10. Stop the War
5:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dedicated to Sioux spiritual leader Frank Fools Crow (pictured with MacDonald on the cover), White Buffalo was recorded in 1984-85 with his Greenwich Village live band, featuring Mark Dann/bass, John Kruth/mandolin and Howie Wyeth/drums.

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"One of the best from the New York City Fast Folk milieu....Originally released in 1987 on tiny McDisk records, White Buffalo contains some of his classic songs like "Cross Country Waltz" and "Stop the War." As one of his earlier efforts, MacDonald sounds young though certainly not ignorant. A couple of the songs are perhaps a bit too earnest: "Sanctuary" asks why we allow Ferdinand Marcos and other dictators into the U.S. but keep out Latin American refugees. Still, his naivete is winning and the song does not preach too hard. A few, like "The Aliens Came in Business Suits," are even more true than before." Dirty Linen (1997)

“Gravity-defying hair....stereotype-defying originals......Downhome, down-to-earth storytelling and musical intelligence. His songs are mostly empathetic, character-driven allegories, funneling the human experience through the eyes of fictional but universally recognizable men and women.” Jake Cline, City Link (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

“He still puts together witty lyrics and compelling guitar playing better than almost any performer on today’s folk scene” Bill Copeland, Telegraph Correspondent (Londonderry, NH)

“Rod holds his listener’s interest with his warm voice and intelligent, carefully crafted lyrics.....Excellent!.” Don Downing, Victory Review (‘97)

“The tie that binds is the intelligent craftsmanship of the songs--and the thoughtful performances that follow” Charles Passy, Palm Beach Post (W. Palm Beach, FL)

"A poet with a lot on his mind who has never allowed himself to make points at the expense of making music." Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

“With his pure emotive tenor and stirring, catchy tunes, MacDonald is one of the most apealing singer-songwriters to emerge in the 1980s. Add thoughtful lyrics that touch on a variety of political and social issues, and you have a remarkable artist deserving a much wider public.” All-Music Guide

"One of the most highly regarded singer-songwriters working in North America today" Fast Folk Musical Magazine

“Politics, passion, and a sense of humor" Robert Christgau, The Village Voice

"A creator of classics......he has never stopped writing songs of scope and daring, nor singing in his high, sweet voice.” Dan Gewertz, Boston Herald

"Rod MacDonald is a brilliant folk singer and composer. His melodic songs possess words that go straight into your heart and soul.” (‘Year’s Top Ten) Atlantic City Press

“I can remember to the minute where I was when I first heard Rod's 'The Way to Calvary'...that's the mark of a great songwriter" Arthur Wood, Brum Beat, (Birmingham, England)

“And Then He Woke Up is a strong record that, in a way, ambushed my expectations with is fervor and drive. It really reaches out to the ears. And with Rod MacDonald’s songwriting, it is potent stuff.” Sing Out!

“One of contemporary music’s most gifted songwriters.” Syracuse Herald-American

“A superb songwriter.” Gene Armstrong, Arizona Daily Star

“Passionate folk/pop balladry.” Bruce Sylvester, Boston Phoenix

“An important new folk artist.” Folk Roots, Great Britain



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Tim Blixt

Rods' Best
I became a fan of Rod MacDonalds' music just when this album came out in 1985. Though I would never quarrel with anyone who would choose any of a dozen other Rod albums as being his best, for my money White Buffalo is the best. This re-mastered version is simply brilliant. The sound is, considering the age of these recordings, superb!!! After 30 years this album still stands the test of time----surely one of the best anyone, including Rod, has ever done!