Click here to view the new video for "White Buffalo"
With White Buffalo, Mathus and the band deliver a high-octane collection of guitar-driven songs that draws on the musical styles of the American South. Over his 40-some years, he's played mandolin in his family band (starting at age 6), did the South Memphis early punk scene with Jack Oblivion, co-founded the Squirrel Nut Zippers, been nominated for two Grammys, including one for his guitar work on Buddy Guy's Sweet Tea album, worked as a river barge deckhand and wandered the US alone to get a feel for its music and its people. This album finds Mathus embracing his heritage - it's steeped in the mythology, culture and language of the Deep South, where his family goes back generations.
The raw, heart-wrenching closing track, "Useless Heart," finds him wrestling with his demons and repeating the same mistakes in love. It's an honest, frills-free song, with Mathus putting himself out there on the line and sharing his pain and self-doubt. It's a quality his fans have come to expect from the man, both on his records and live performances. A true journeyman, Mathus just keeps getting better.
View the video for "In the Garden" HERE
Soundcloud link for "In the Garden" HERE