The White Buffalo!
We've missed you so and can't wait to gather on Oct 9th at the Libbey Bowl!
“At a show in Sacramento, in the space of five minutes, three people came up to me with life-changing stories. They told me how my music had helped them to deal with the loss of people close to them…”
The White Buffalo is about engagement. The White Buffalo makes people laugh and cry. The White Buffalo is truth and wild imagination working together.
The White Buffalo is Jake Smith – singer, songwriter, guitarist, teller of stories, Emmy nominee; an artist whose voice – a timber-shakin’ baritone of gravitas and gravel – seems directly linked to a greater truth; an artist who will not be swayed by fashion or curtailed by genre.
And now, on April 17th 2020, The White Buffalo releases new studio album, “On The Widow’s Walk” – a loosely linked collection of dark thrills produced by Shooter Jennings, who also provides piano and keys. With an eclectic history and catalogue to his illustrious name, Shooter doesn’t believe in sticking to the rules. He works with a diverse selection of artists, from Marilyn Manson to Tanya Tucker, and his collaboration with The White Buffalo has produced a special, signature release.
Of the six studio albums and three EPs thus far released under The White Buffalo banner, this latest 11-track outing is the most collaborative and organic, the most sonically round. It’s also the first for Snakefarm Records, a young label within the Universal Music Group focussing on music that’s roots-driven and real.
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For the last few years, Santa Barbara-based singer/songwriter Will Breman has made a name for himself as a prominent Central Coast music staple. 2019 started with his release of his debut Santa Barbara Soul Music EP, and culminated with his performing as a semifinalist on Season 17 of NBC’s The Voice. Will’s live performance has evolved over the years, and he currently uses a technique called “live looping” - a process where he records and plays back multiple instrument parts in real time, creating a “one man band” ‘effect. As a songwriter, Will’s goal has consistently been to channel deep emotions that cannot be expressed through any other medium. He has taught himself multiple instruments to achieve this, and aspires to create songs that bear his soul and tell engaging stories.
Following a cross-country solar eclipse pilgrimage and impromptu tour in the summer of 2017, the transcendent Alternative Folk trio, JEMS, was born. Through collaborations on a variety of projects, the trio discovered how beautifully their voices blended despite having such different vocal textures. Sarah Margaret Huff’s bright soaring timbre combined with Emily Colombier’s soulful earthy quality and was met in the middle by Jessica Rotter’s colorful blend of the two.
Their self-titled debut album, released in May of 2019, echoes the journey they have had as a trio. Through songwriting sessions that sometimes look more like group therapy, JEMS combined their different voices and stories to craft an album with a message of individuality and self-acceptance in all moments of life. Through rich three-part harmonies, JEMS weaves stories, sounds, and raw emotion with a shimmering fervor. Listeners of all kinds can’t seem to resist the songwriting prowess and vocal alchemy of JEMS.