“I was 19 when I got my first guitar,” said Smith. “There were no intentions of being a singer/songwriter. It was just something that came very natural to me.”
teeters on a country twang that plenty of Texans would tip their cowboy
hats to. Each band member donned some variation of flannel and pearl snaps, a fashion choice that pulls
at this southern girl's heartstrings. The audience, equally enamored by Smith's rustic looks, didn't hesitate to sing along to the single “Pilot” from his latest album, Once Upon a Time in the West.
form, rustle up smiles in the crowd as most of them tell of drinking,
women, love mishaps and personal triumphs.
of my things is not to have an agenda,” Smith said on stage. “I like to take
people on journeys through the stories in my song. There's a dying breed
of people who are actually storytellers.”
With each song, the house's energy increased (or maybe it was
the alcohol). Half way through his set, when Smith's broken guitar string created a pause in the action, the front man used the moment to flash a smile as sweat dripped from his face. Shortly after the
hour and a half set, The White Buffalo jumped back on stage to pump out three more encores that finally put the crowd to bed.
Critic's Bias: I'm from Georgia and I play guitar.
It was apparent that The White Buffalo has created a loyal following as
almost everyone in the crowd knew his lyrics and gave personal one name
shout-outs that frontman Jake Smith seemed to know.
What! You don't know the lyrics to this song?!”