This is the third release from Mad Buffalo (aka: Randy Riviere, an award winning wildlife biologist, environmentalist and conservationist.) The music reflects his heartfelt concern for the planet and all creatures great and small, and does it with a sound that is reminiscent of sixties sounds like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young mixed with a little down home Southern Rock, Marshall Tucker Band style. In fact, the guitar lead on the opening cut, “Ohio,” has Toy Caldwell written all over it.
Riviere carries on the tradition of the cosmic cowboy with passion, following in the steps of Gram Parsons,Neil Young and Steve Earle. The lyrics are though provoking and brilliant.
Wilderness features a pretty hefty list of guest pickers, including guitar legend James Burton, harmonica player Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), Producer Marty Grebb on multiple instruments, and James Pennebaker on steel guitar - to name a few.
This is a CD that begs to be heard over and over again. In fact, I have played it five times over the Holidays, so far. Lots of Neil Young influence, in a lower vocal register, but absolutely 100 percent original. In a five star rating system, this one gets six stars. Six stars beside a full harvest moon hanging over a bison filled prairie. Mad Buffalo made me a “Happy Buffalo.” Good stuff.
-Michael Buffalo Smith