Today we've got the exclusive introduction to the new single by a Farce favorite, Buffalo Gospel. From their upcoming release, On the First Bell, it's a plaintive ballad called "High Time to Hang Fire" that laments the loss of a good friend. Steel guitar sets the mood and Ryan Necci's soulful vocals tell the tale. Falling somewhere between tear in your beer country and classic R&B, the song brings wrenching emotion to the smoky barroom. It's an impressive welcome back for Buffalo Gospel.
From the band:
We’ve experienced a lot of loss over the last decade or so. Relatives, friends, wives and bandmates. By no means are we the only ones who have had to struggle with loss, but in the proud tradition of country and western music, we write about the truth — about our truths. After all, that’s what ‘gospel’ means. We wrote these songs in the hopes that they could provide some relief and some comfort to others. There is strength in numbers and knowing you’re not alone when things get dark can be incredibly powerful.
Loss often comes without warning and that’s what makes it so crushing. ‘High Time to Hang Fire’ is a belated goodbye letter to a close friend. We always think we'll have more time to tell our loved ones the things we want to — to tell them what they’d meant to us. We see their fight with mortality and we want so desperately to let them know that there is no shame in resting easy. One last goodbye, a little too late.
More information about Buffalo Gospel's forthcoming album, On the First Bell, below the song player. It's out May 4th.
Buffalo Gospel to Release Long Awaited Second Full-Length Album
Milwaukee, WI - Critically acclaimed, Milwaukee-based, Country/Americana group, Buffalo Gospel, have announced the release date of their long-awaited second full-length album entitled On the First Bell on May 4, 2018.
On the First Bell was recorded under the mastery of Grammy award-winning engineer, Brian Joseph, who credits include Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, and the Indigo Girls, at The Hive outside Eau Claire, Wisconsin
On the process of creating On the First Bell, Lead Vocalist and Guitarist Ryan Necci said
“It's the first time we've left the city to make a record and it really had a profound, positive effect on the work. No distractions, no egos. We were able to focus solely on serving the songs and we're incredibly happy and proud of the results.”
On the First Bell is the follow up to Buffalo Gospel’s 2013 We Can Be Horses, which was described as “minimalist and masterful,” “musically arresting,” and “Milwaukee’s Best Kept Secret.” The band have scheduled an album release celebration show to showcase their new material, as well as old favorites, at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company in Milwaukee with Joseph Huber in support.
Buffalo Gospel delivers hopped up trucker country and breathtakingly honest ballads through a virtual “who’s-who” of crack Midwestern musicians including, (Ryan Necci, Lead Vocals/Guitar) Kevin Rowe (Bass), Nick Lang (Percussion), Michael Rossetto (Multi-Instrumentalist), and Andrew Koenig (Guitar). Buffalo Gospel begins their tour in support of On the First Bell April 13, 2018, at the Midwest Music Fest in LaCrosse, WI.