Buffalo Killers have the beard-thing going on, the kind of thing that would have them written up one month in Uncut, dismissed the next. But already Buffalo Killers have pumped out quality records – one a year for the last small handful of years and this is a feature-length version of the teaser-EP that was released as a Record Store Day exclusive earlier in the year.
So for the album-length Ohio Grass we have all of the tunes from the “herb green” vinyl but with four bonus tracks to add to those six. One brand new studio track and three live performances, making for a 10-track album now; perfect intro to a band that at times channels James Gang-era Joe Walsh and Allman Brothers jam-band antics but keeps it Black Keys-sharp, keeps it CSN/Y-like with harmonies and melodies.
They’re Chris Robinson-endorsed and definitely have that rootsy sway of The Black Crowes at their finest – but there’s a stomp and a stamp that Buffalo Killers have produced that is all their own. Well…all their own with an obvious debt to Mister Walsh.
Ohio Grass doesn’t reach the heights of the band’s best work (Buffalo Killers, 3) but it’s a good follow-on/up from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow. and (further) proof this prolific, productive lot are far from finished.