Michael Buffalo Smith (ASCAP) s a 28 year veteran of rock-n-roll, having performed in bands and solo since 1981, when he formed his first band in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Buffalo holds a degree in Theatrical Arts and has garnered leading roles in over 75 plays, making the stage his "second home."
Smith is also a writer, with several books published and three others nearly finished, as well as countless magazine and newspaper articles published worldwide. His latest book is called PRISONER OF SOUTHERN ROCK (Mercer University Press). It's memoir of his life so far, from growing up poor in Carolina to stories from the stage and backstage with southern rock legends. Billy Bob Thornton wrote the foreword.
Buffalo has recorded five albums including his latest, Something Heavy, featuring Pete Carr, the late George McCorkle (Marshall Tucker) , the late Jo Jo Billingsley (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and The Crawlers.
He has been invited onstage to perform with many artists and groups including The Marshall Tucker Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, Paul Thorn, Jerry La Croix, Artimus Pyle, Grinderswitch, Southern Rock Allstars, Bonnie Bramlett, Molly Hatchet, Ed King, The Winters Brothers Band, Montgomery Gentry, Bekka Bramlett, Lee Ann Womack, and many others.
Smith has opened shows for Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels,Artimus Pyle Band, Molly Hatchet, Southern Rock Allstars, Pat Travers,Grinderswitch, Johnny Paycheck, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show, Little Texas, Tommy Crain and The Cross Town Allstars, and others.
Today, Buffalo appears both solo acoustic, in duets and with the band BUFFALO HUT COALITION.
“Michael Buffalo Smith as a musician, writer, critic, and southern music historian really gets it. His taste and deep appreciation for the real thing are qualities that inspire all of us in his wake. And it's a big wake." - Billy Bob Thornton