|LOS ANGELES, CA (March 2, 2023) The White Buffalo has released the full-length art film The White Buffalo: Year of the Dark Horse today; watch the film which is based on the new album Year of the Dark Horse in its entirety, HERE.
The White Buffalo’s acclaimed new album Year of the Dark Horse is available worldwide via Snakefarm, HERE. A collection of 12 musical vignettes individual yet constant in flow, Year of the Dark Horse is The White Buffalo’s most sonically ambitious and well-rounded album to date, with the full scope of Smith’s songwriting craft on view. Recorded at Neon Cross studio in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Brothers Osbourne, Fidlar)–the 10-track album has now debuted to critical praise across the globe. On YOTDH, the Emmy-nominated, Oregon-born, and Southern California-bred artist The White Buffalo aka Jake Smith, took the less-traveled path and embarked on a voyage of discovery. Bassist, keyboard player, and guitarist Christopher Hoffee, and drummer Matt Lynott added to the recordings and round out the group on the road.
Year of the Dark Horse which American Songwriter hailed as a “tilt-a-whirl of melting soundscapes,” and a “funhouse of melodies that shapeshift in your ears” is based around the shifting of seasons paralleled with the changes in a relationship. Smith’s evocative storytelling and emotionally weighted songs allow the imagination of the listener to play an important part throughout; the music builds on a tale of debauchery and blame, of love and loss, a life lived against the odds, with the whole thing set in one lunar year, and following our anti-hero through the highs and lows of the seasons. From highlights “Kingdom For A Fool,” “52 Card Pickup,” and “Donna,” Year of the Dark Horse offers an invigorating and wonderfully unpredictable listen.
The White Buffalo will launch a tour of Europe and the U.K. on May 18. The group will open for the legendary Bruce Springsteen on Sunday, May 21 at Circo Massimo in Rome, Italy before shows in the U.K., Germany, France, The Netherlands, Spain, and Ireland, see all dates below and HERE.
Recently Jake joined Foo Fighters/Dead Peasants guitarist Chris Shiflett for the latest episode of his “Walking The Floor” with Chris Shiflett podcast. Listen as the duo take a deep dive into their diverse musical influences from Outlaw Country to Alt Rock, and Americana to Punk, with Jake talking about how artists ranging from Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to Elliot Smith deeply influenced his songwriting from the start. Listen/share to the full episode of “Walking The Floor” with Chris Shiflett featuring Jake Smith/The White Buffalo, HERE.