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“Great stories, well written and heartfelt. Prisoner of Southern Rock  is an engaging and entertaining celebration of southern music, musicians and characters.”

 - Chuck Leavell, musical director, The Rolling Stones

“Michael Buffalo Smith as a musician, writer, critic, and southern music historian really gets it. His taste and deep appreciation for the real thing are qualities that inspire all of us in his wake. And it's a big wake."

 - Billy Bob Thornton, Oscar Winning Actor & Southern musician

"At last! -- a memoir from Michael Buffalo Smith, who has lived and breathed Southern Rock since the genre's inception. Lock me up and throw away the key!"

-Marshall Chapman,  Artist/Songwriter/Author


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REBEL YELL Coming in Fall

Rebel Yell: An Oral History of Southern Rock will be published by Mercer University Press in October. The book presents the story of a musical genre born in the backwoods, highways and swamps of Macon, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 that peaked in popularity during the 1970’s. The history of Southern rock is told by the musicians, roadies, fans and recording industry folk who lived it. Drawn from literally hundreds of hours of interviews with the author, the book focuses on the “big four:” The Allman Brothers Band; Lynyrd Skynyrd; The Marshall Tucker Band; and The Charlie Daniels Band, while delving into the careers of other great bands like The Outlaws, Bonnie Bramlett, Cowboy, Wet Willie, and Molly Hatchet. The story is enhanced by the photography of Kirk West, Bill Thames and others, and includes many never before published images. Also included are a series of “Top 20” lists, including the best Southern rock vocalists, guitarists, songs and more. 

"Happy To Be Here" Again

Due to years of requests, Michael Buffalo's long out of print debut solo album HAPPY TO BE HERE has been given a new life in the digital realm. The recording is once again available for download at cdBaby.com, as well as iTunes, Amazon and all of the usual digital outlets.

The album was recorded and released in 1996, and features fourteen songs, all originals. Joining Buffalo on the album were: Iconic Spartanburg musician David Haddox, drums/keys/percussion/backing vocals; Ingeborg Haddox, backing vocals, guitar; Joey Parrish, bass; Paula Powers, vocals; Chris Corde, saxophone, fiddle; David Windhorst, vocals, guitar; and Mark Burrell (Toy Caldwell Band) Drums.

The cover photo is an award winning image from former Inman Times editor Hilda Morrow, depicting the late Ernest Chapman shaving in his front yard.

Songs include "Stone Houses," "Fairytales," "She's Got a Hold On Me" and "Hannah's Song," written for his 4-year old (step) daughter, who now has her own tiny little kid. Two of 'em, actually.

In keeping with Buffalo's efforts to help during the economic weirdness, the album will sell for half the price of comperable downloads. His previously released hard copy CDs have had prices slashed as well. Check it out!(cdbaby.com)


New Mercer University Press Book in 2014

Buffalo's next book on Mercer University Press out of Macon, Georgia is called REBEL YELL: AN ORAL HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ROCK. The book is completed and in production now, and will feature a foreword by legendary Southern Rock manager and businessman Alan Walden. Watch this page for updates.


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