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Speaking of talent, East Nashville-based Southern rock/alt-country outfit Flying Buffaloes has talent in spades, and after a couple of years of observation, we can attest that they are one of the hardest-working bands around. Holding down grueling gigs on Nashville’s Lower Broadway honky-tonk circuit, the band used those hours-long sets to hone their chops and build their endurance. Flying Buffaloes took their show on the road (literally) in 2018 and haven’t looked back. They’ve overcome the pitfalls of the Nashville grind, dealt with the everyday struggles of life in a band, and some not-so-common hurdles in having a lead vocalist dealing with immigration pains who was only able to spend part of the year in the States on a visa. Now, the four-piece is gearing up to release their new full-length record, Loaded & Rollin’.
Recorded at Battle Tapes Studio in East Nashville by engineer/mixer/producer Jeremy Ferguson (Steelism/Andrew Combs), Loaded & Rollin’ flaunts the colors of those beloved classic rock and outlaw country albums of the 70s. The album features the first songs co-written by the band and captures their rowdy live energy–whether they’re plying us with hip-shaking sass and swagger with tracks like opener “Lonesome Cowboy” and the harmonica-laced “When I Looked Into Her Eyes,” or treating us to the Laurel Canyon-tinged sun-drenched sound of “Clementine,” Flying Buffaloes deliver on Loaded & Rollin’. And, there’s even a rousing reimagining of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried,” a nod to their marathon sets on the neon strip. Merle would be proud.