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FROM MACON TO JACKSONVILLE (Mercer University Press)


Foreword by Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke

Over 15 years of interviews with Southern Rock greats: Includes  Gary Rossington, Ed King, Artimus Pyle, Rickey Medlocke, Jo Jo Billingsley, Randall Hall, Mike Estes, Dale Krantz Rossington, Derek Hess, Donnie & Johnny Van Zant, Don Barnes, Greg T. Walker, Jakson Spires, Gov’t Mule: Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts, Jimmy Herring, Johnny Neel, Col. Bruce Hampton, Charlie Daniels 2017, Franklin Wilkie, Stuart Swanlund, Tony Heatherly, Henry Paul, Danny Joe Brown, Dave Hlubek, John Galvin, Duane Roland, Riff West, Bruce Brookshire, Eddie Stone, Dennis Winters, Devon Allman, Patterson Hood, Charlie Starr, Les Dudek, Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell, Arthur “Moon” Mullins, Chris Hicks, Mabron "Wolf" McKinney



“Michael Buffalo Smith is truly the ‘keeper of the flame!’ He has always honored the great Southern way to play and has presented us players and writers and fans in an honest (warts and all) loving and human way. I was so honored to have been chosen to grace the second ever  hard-copy cover of Gritz Magazine! Thanks Michael. As the late, great Gregg Allman always put it. . .Don’t forget to boogie, baby!”

Bonnie Bramlett (Solo Superstar and co-founder of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends)


“Since I started reading Buffalo’s latest book, I can’t seem to get anything done.  I can’t put it down. ‘From Macon To Jacksonville’ is full of life stories straight from the mouths of your favorite Southern rockers.”

–Paul Hornsby (Producer and Musician at Muscadine Studios, Macon, Ga. Formerly of Capricorn Records)


“Michael has been a long-time friend, and I can say unequivocally that he has more knowledge of the history of Southern Rock than anyone I know.”Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band, Sea Level)


“Michael writes of what he knows and what he loves. Those that share in that love him.”

-Henry Paul (The Outlaws)


“Michael Buffalo Smith is my brother from another mother. He gets it. Not only does he accurately quote his subjects, we can talk for hours about music, movies, Billy Bob, the planets and stars, gravy, guitars, chicken beaks and earth spirits. He is a great writer and an honest journalist.”

-Col. Bruce Hampton


“Michael Buffalo Smith was a highly-respected friend of my brother, Tommy Crain. He is a good man and a straight shooter.”  

-Billy Crain (Outlaws/Henry Paul Band)


“I have known Michael for many years now and consider him not only a friend but a great writer! His way of accentuating the positive should be a lesson to music writers the world over. Buffalo rocks!” – Dave Hlubek (Molly Hatchet/Southern Rock Allstars)


"Once again, as in his critically acclaimed Capricorn Rising, Michael Buffalo Smith captures the true essence of Southern Rock in this new book. A great read!  -Willie Perkins (Author/Former Road Manager for the Allman Brothers Band)


“I hope you guys and girls will give me a few minutes of Your time and let me talk about Southern Music. The kind that comes from the heart and soul, tells a story, make the audience want to stomp their feet and holler and whistle!  It warms your body while giving you a new spirit and will make you dance. It's been known to make you fall in love and respect your friends and family. Sometimes it makes you get wild and throw a few punches. The greatest fight line I ever heard was, " Do you want me to make your hear the whistle of a two by four? "   That one was from Ronnie Van Zant !

Southern musicians play harder than other musicians. Their guitars bite your donkey and make you forget about your problems and raise your hands clapping harder and harder until they sting and turn red. It encourages the ladies shake, shake, shake or find some

shoulders to sit on so they can see and be seen better.

One of the biggest Southern Music followers and supporters is Michael Buffalo Smith who is a writer, musician, and publisher. He as dedicated his life to promoting this music. He was my favorite interviewer and one of reasons is because he has great knowledge of the subject.

His two latest books are From Macon to Jacksonville and Capricorn Rising and I highly recommend both if you have an interest in music from The South.”  - Alan Walden (Former manager of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws; 2003 Inductee, Georgia Music Hall of Fame)

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