THE WHITE BUFFALO ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST


In the spirit of all the great balladeers from Marty Robbins to Johnny Cash, The White Buffalo (AKA Jake Smith) has made an Americana album that is poetic and pure. Once Upon A time In The West offers a modern twist on gunslinger ballads - singing of heartbreak, politics and every facet of humanity in the heartfelt and honest way that only country music can do. Originally released in 2012, the album has been made available in Europe for the first time as a deluxe edition featuring tracks from the Lost and Found EP and the vinyl version offers an alternative track listing for the serious collector.

Ballad Of A Deadman opens the beautifully crafted album with a brutal and moving song about the futility of war. The Everyman element makes the track painfully relevant. The anger from Smith's baritone vocals, that are part Bruce Springsteen part Buffy Saint Marie, build to a devastating crescendo by the end of the song. It's powerful stuff. Similar works like Travelling Soldier by The Dixie Chicks and Buffy Saint Marie's Soldier Blue, speak of the tragedy of war to similar effect, making Ballad Of A Deadman a modern American classic.