Buffalo Gospel

Buffalo Gospel

Matt Cox, Midwest Dilemma

Thu 9/5/19

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$10 ADV/$12 DOS

This event is all ages

Buffalo Gospel
Buffalo Gospel
At the heart of all great music is a story, and for that matter, a storyteller. The stories behind Milwaukee-based Buffalo Gospel begin with its founder Ryan Necci and his early introduction, through his father’s record collection, to country music, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt. Growing up in a small, lower middle class farm town, the songs of love and loss and broken blue-collar dreams seeped into him. When he started writing his own music over a decade ago, it was inevitable that the timeless quality of Country/Western and Americana arrangements would profoundly inform his art.

Over a period of a few years, he experienced the dissolution of a marriage and the death of his close friend and writing partner. The immediate response was to quit music and live with his demons, yet as time moved on, writing about the darkness was the only way to keep going. These crystalline bits of bleary, haggard, emotion shine through Buffalo Gospel’s debut album, “We Can Be Horses,” which came out in 2013 to rave reviews. Critics called the work “minimalist and masterful,” “musically arresting,” and “Milwaukee’s Best Kept Secret.”

The band followed up with a critically-acclaimed EP, ‘Waiting For the Lights to Go Out,’ while gathering momentum for their sophomore album. “On The First Bell” was recorded with Grammy award-winning engineer, Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Indigo Girls) at The Hive, nestled quietly in the rural landscape just outside Eau Claire, WI. Necci says, “It was the perfect place for us to record these songs.” The new record has the same strong, country-americana feel as “We Can Be Horses,” combining the band’s dual penchant for hopped up trucker country and breathtakingly honest ballads. Most of these songs would be right at home amidst the 1970s AM radio nuggets gleaned from Necci’s father’s old record collection.

Buffalo Gospel delivers through a virtual “who’s-who” of crack Midwest musicians who have assembled around Necci’s heartfelt and heartbreaking songs – including Kevin Rowe (bass), Nick Lang (percussion), Haley Rydell (fiddle), Andrew Koenig (guitar). The band’s wildcat live performances take listeners to a dusty, forlorn, but strangely familiar place that simply gets sweeter with time.
Matt Cox
Matt Cox
In 2007, Shenandoah, Iowa, native Matt Cox self-released his debut album Folker's Travels and established himself as a vibrant part of the emerging Omaha, Nebraska singer/songwriter scene. While local stages and small town haunts allowed him to bring his foot-stomping, country and blues to a steady growing fanbase, Cox began to define his singular style by touring the majority of the western United States and eventually spreading his wings through music meccas such as Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and Austin, TX.
Since that time, the award-winning tunesmith has been busy recording; My Last Dollar (2009), Tracks In The Sound (2011), Nishnabotna (2014), The Cost Of Everything and the Value Of Nothing (2016), High Places (2018) and performing across the country both as a solo artist and with an ever-changing lineup of the area's top talent. His road-worn vocals and signature harmonica style give the songs a refreshingly authentic and heartfelt sound and help share the storyteller's unique, yet familiar perspective on the vast canvas of life.
“Omaha country/folk artist Matt Cox sings in a kind of rural, unphasable texture, not unlike that of fellow Iowa native William Elliott Whitmore. Rain or shine, Matt Cox’s guitar, voice and harmonica will live in absolute harmony,” Chance Solem-Pfeifer, Hear Nebraska.
Midwest Dilemma
Midwest Dilemma
Midwest Dilemma's recording Timelines & Tragedies was the winner of Album Of The Year at Omaha Entertainment Awards. You can listen and buy the album at http://www.midwestdilemma.com!
Venue Information:
Slowdown - Front Room
729 North 14th Street
Omaha, NE, 68102
http://www.theslowdown.com