Buffalo Nichols -“How To Love”

It’s rare that music is so evocative it actually tastes of something. Born in Houston but raised in Milwaukee, Carl “Buffalo” Nichols, 30, is a skillful finger-picker and slide guitarist with a killer voice. He has spent the last 10 years playing all kinds of music all over the world – from rock to punk – even ending up playing in a blues bar in Kiev. But then he came home and stumbled across something old and made it new. His take on country blues injects life into what had been a moribund genre. The songs are personal but also veer, with seething anger, into social and political commentary. And when his voice chimes perfectly with his guitar, the music rises out of the earth, tasting like blood, and demanding to be heard.

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