Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition : White Buffalo

Written by Brett Bickley

January 8, 2013

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One of the great things to transpire over the last few years is the resurgence in appreciation for Americana music. With no need for big fancy stage shows, no desire to hide their voices behind auto tune, and no desire to write songs that pander to the common denominator just to sell records and make money, these artists simply write and play because it’s what the they love. Jimbo Mathus is one of these folks, and nowhere does it show more than on his latest album, White Buffalo.

The opening track, “In The Garden,” is the sound of a sunlit field, waist-high grass, and warm breezes blowing through. Other songs, such as the title track and “Run Devil Run,” show that when Jimbo and his band want to show off their Southern temperaments, it isn’t a problem. A kinship to Luther Dickinson and the North Mississippi All-Stars emerges on tracks like “Hatchie Bottom” and “Fake Hex”, with their swampy, juke-joint rhythms.

Recorded with his band, The Tri-State Coalition, this record is the culmination of a career and life of highs and lows; one that has seen many musical successes, but has also seen Mathus’ marriage end and his previous band, The Squirrel Nut Zippers collapse. Fortunately, he returned to his roots in Mississippi and found not only himself but his “voice.”

White Buffalo is out January 22 on Fat Possum Records