Taking a page from the great country-rock masterpieces like Neil Young’s Harvest and The Byrd’s Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mad Buffalo makes a case to include themselves in such lofty company with its Wilderness recording. Broad in its vision, and full of pedal steel workouts mixed with soaring harmonies, Wilderness is an outright jewel that gets better with every listen.
Lead vocalist Randy Riviere summons the ghostly choruses of alternative rock’s past on the haunting openers "Ohio" and "This World." "Old Kentucky" is lifted up by backing bassist Dave Roe and drummer Jim Christie. Guitarists Bobby Riviere and Michael Ward contribute much to Wilderness‘ anchored, driven spirit, and Willie Nelson’s harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, shines on "Old Kentucky" and the historical composition "Alkali/Cold Harbor." Mad Buffalo’s sweet unison singing takes flight, a la The Eagles, on the soothing track "All I Really Want."
Produced by Marty Grebb, and recorded in California, Tennessee and Louisiana, Wilderness proves to be one of the best roots-oriented releases of 2008, while spawning anticipation of Mad Buffalo’s next piece of art.
Wilderness is out now on Mad Buffalo Records.