Buffalo Tom: Three Easy Pieces (New West/Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Buffalo Tom: Bottom of the Rain
Buffalo Tom: Three Easy Pieces (New West/Elite)

I well remember one night at dusk, somewhere in the American mid-west, driving a long and empty road as Buffalo Tom's melancholy classic Tail Lights Fade to Black came on the radio.

I lifted my foot off the accelerator and enjoyed the perfect moment.

And then two days later on a faster and more demanding road another of their more edgy songs -- I can't remember which -- blasted out and it too complimented the moment.

This Boston three-piece disappeared a decade ago and seemed to miss their time, what with the rise of alt.country and alt.rock as viable alternatives to the mainstream. Now re-formed it is almost like that old song, "it's yesterday once more".

It is pleasing to report that not much has changed in the BT camp. They have a powerhouse of energy when required but singer/guitarist Bill Janovitz can still conjure up that mid-point between gritty power-pop and country melancholy, and the rhythm section of drummer Tom Maginnis and bassist Chris Colburn drive this stuff with uncompromising energy.

When they compile another A-sides collection (and this was a band whose B-sides collection was stunning) you can bet a number of tracks from this long-overdue return will be on it.

If it ain't broke . . .

Can't wait to take it for a drive.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Joan Osborne: Pretty Little Stranger (Shock)

Joan Osborne: Pretty Little Stranger (Shock)

While going through some papers last week I came on the interview I had done with Joan Osborne in smalltown Vermont as she was riding the crest of her unexpected radio hit that went, "what if... > Read more

Bill Wyman: Back to Basics (Proper/Southbound)

Bill Wyman: Back to Basics (Proper/Southbound)

Apparently it has been 33 years since former Stones bassist Bill Wyman last released an album under his own name. But you'd have to ask, did you really notice his absence? Of course he had his... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii: Sunday morning, coming down

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii: Sunday morning, coming down

The sky is a perfect and pale comic-book blue, the breeze as warm as a whisper. Palm trees line the white sandy beach, the very image of a Pacific cliché. In the downtown streets before the shops... > Read more

Various: The Laya Project (Elite)

Various: The Laya Project (Elite)

This ambitious concept and elaborate package (two CDs/a DVD/booklet in the gatefold sleeve) should certainly attract attention -- although some questions hang over it. Essentially the project of... > Read more