“This song has taken on many shapes and has become somewhat of an anthem for veterans,” says The White Buffalo, aka Jake Smith. “It’s about missteps and misfortune with family, God, and country. A search for truth through the eyes of delusion.”
"Waco: American Apocalypse" filmmaker Tiller Russell adds, “The White Buffalo’s ‘Wish It Was True’ is a rare and precious thing--a beautiful and poignant song that drips righteously with Americana. As soon as we saw it against picture in the edit of ‘Waco: American Apocalypse’, we knew… this is the one.”
Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of this national tragedy, “Waco: American Apocalypse” is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tiller Russell ("Night Stalker") and has gained widespread popularity reaching #1 in the U.S. on Netflix. The limited series is based on the controversial 1993 standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidians, a religious cult led by David Koresh, that took place in Waco, Texas and features exclusive access to recently unearthed videotapes filmed inside the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, as well as raw news footage never released to the American public, and FBI recordings. Using cutting-edge visual technology, “Waco: American Apocalypse” plunges viewers inside the multifaceted clash between the Branch Davidians and federal law enforcement in an epic drama about God and guns in America.
The White Buffalo’s critically 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.
The Telegraph hailed Year of the Dark Horse “a big, bold, uncompromising album in which Smith’s almost confrontationally honest lyrics, rich melodies and emotional voice have been given the kind of expansive setting they deserve,” while American Songwriter described it as a “tilt-a-whirl of melting soundscapes,” and a “funhouse of melodies that shapeshift in your ears.” Elsewhere, Saving Country Music said YOTDH “goes beyond a concept album, it’s almost like a mini musical of the past year of Jake Smith’s life. …a brilliantly written album.”
Centered around the shifting of seasons paralleled with the changes in a relationship. Smith’s evocative storytelling and emotionally weighted songs on Year of the Dark Horse 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.
Recently, The White Buffalo stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform their new single “C’mon Come Up Come Out” on late-night television for the first time. Watch and share as The White Buffalo, aka Jake Smith, and his band perform the song “C’mon Come Up Come Out” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! HERE.
In addition, Jake joined Foo Fighters/Dead Peasants guitarist Chris Shiflett on his popular podcast “Walking The Floor” with Chris Shiflett. Listen as the duo take a deep dive into their diverse musical influences from Outlaw Country to Alt Rock, and Americana to Punk, HERE.
The White Buffalo are readying 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.