A white feather, stark against black on the cover, seems set to fly in the face of the title Something Heavy. But I'll bet Michael Buffalo Smith thought "profound" more than contrasts when he named his new album for the song he covers flawlessly-a great song by the late, great southern raconteur, Eddie Hinton. There's a prideful embrace of all forms of southern music-particularly southern rock-with every spin of Smith's records. The music is profound, so in that sense "heavy" describes it well. His last album, 2002's Southern Lights, proved he's an exceptional torchbearer and the lights are in no way dimmed here. These are sparkling, wide-ranging new songs and covers, all perfectly suited to Smith's personality and mission. He sings them in a clear, robust voice and as usual, a few "heavy" friends aid and abet his excellent band, The Crawlers. "Redneckin'" is pure good ol' boy fun, the guitars of George McCorkle, Pete Carr, Danny Hall, and Ray Brand (who sadly recently passed on) turning it into quite a twang-fest. Rodeo Jan Elkins and Jo Jo Billingsley (of Skynyrd fame) help sing the sweet gospel on "Chapel of Ease." Seemingly meant as an interlude, this song stands out tall. "Jack Daniels if You Please" is great outlaw country, but my favorite is the Marshall Tucker-like "Everyday Grind," where Mr. McCorkle's succinct solos delightfully recall his days in that primo group. Memories do pop up in listening to this fine album, but fresh ones are made, too. Smith has much to be proud of.
-Tom Clarke - Hittin' The Note Magazine (Sep 6, 2005)
Two years after his last effort, our friend from Gritz Magazine, Michael Buffalo Smith, is back on the scene with his fifth album. As with his last one, it was recorded in Huntsville, Alabama with his great buddies, the Crawlers, the band that features the extraordinary and too much unknown guitar and slide guitar player, the great Ray Brand. For the recording, Michael was fortunate to work a lot some great musicians. Just to name a few, he had George Mc Corkle, from the Marshall Tucker Band, in the studio. He also had Pete Carr, a great guitar player who used to play with Duane Allman. Jo Jo Billingsley from Lynyrd Skynyrd was also there to record vocals (Jo Jo was recently seen on stage with the Saturday Night Special band, playing with Ed King, Artimus Pyle.) There are also rumours about her working on a solo album. Needless to say that's a great bunch of people to work with.The result is a great album mixing all of Michael's influences, going from country rock to gospel music, with bluesy, southern and acoustic atmospheres (listen to the beautiful 'Yard Sale Man". The album features great vocal harmonies, great slide work and real nice guitar harmonies ala Allman Brothers ("Rocket City Express"). Another surprise is Michael's voice. I had never realized how deep and rich his voice was. This is a great album (I really like his last album but, to me, this is the best work yet from Michael), which sounds more country rock than Southern rock. Congrats for your work Michael, and we're still waiting for you to tour in Europe !
-Dominique Turgot - Bands of Dixie;
France (Jul 11, 2005)