Freaks, Fuffalo, and Fables of the 21st Century [Album Spotlight]

Buck Fuffalo, an Americana rebel, releases his highly anticipated debut album “Fables of the 21st Century” Feb. 15.

“Fables of the 21st Century:”

  1. Prologue
  2. Wishing Well
  3. Moonshine (ft. Nino Cooper and Marco Gutierrez)
  4. Moth Song
  5. Don’t Be a P*ssy
  6. Barking at the Moon
  7. Waves (ft. Larry Joe Taylor)
  8. Arizona
  9. Chain Gang
  10. My Mind’s Made Up
  11. My Cousin’s Hot
  12. Epilogue

Fuffalo is an active member of the Texas songwriter’s circle, hosting festivals and shows with Larry Joe Taylor. However, this is his first official body of work including songs we love to see live like “Moonshine” and “My Cousin’s Hot.” We must tip our hats to his unorthodox marketing strategy: photoshopping his face onto famous album covers. This hilarious and impressive move caused a buzz to circulate around this album.

“Fables of the 21st Century” was produced at Melody Mountain Studios by Ben Hussey and Josh Serrato, who also contributed bass and lead guitar. Nino Cooper and Marco Gutierrez of Dirty River Boys also added instrumentals to this fickle and feisty album.

“I set out to make the best, most creative album I could with every song able to stand on its own and be completely different than the one before it,” said Fuffalo. “Rather than saying I’m Americana, Red Dirt, or even Country, I’ll just say I hope listeners accept it as authentic.”

And that it is! “Moth Song” takes listeners from the funny, Wheeler Walker Junior-esque side of Fuffalo to a sincere and emotional track about the passing of his father. “Arizona” is another well-planned track beginning with a drunken voicemail and harmonica duo. Fuffalo’s vocals have a soft echo and a tinge of hurt as he sings lines “you may love me in the morning, well I think it’s best I don’t find out.”

On the grittier side of things, “Barking at the Moon” definitely brings the “Fables of the 21st Century” to life. It’s a story song about how “Buck Fuffalo” came to be in the forest. This steady, sweet tune is sure to bring you a smile or two while drinking beer at a bonfire.

“My Cousin’s Hot” is a favorite among fans. It’s dirty, it’s vile, it’s Buck’ed up. It’s laced with fiddle from Wesley Holtsford and raunchy skat to mimic what kissin’ cousins sound like. This song is “H-O-T-T-T-T with them heart eyeballs on the sexy cat emoji.”

Our *PICK* off the album is “Chain Gang.” This outlaw Americana jam is the best representation of Fuffalo’s serious vocal talent and songwriting. Heavy on electric guitar, “Chain Gang” features actual chains and hammers to give an authentic roughneck sound. The tempo picks up a quarter of the way in for some head bobbing bad assery.

Overall, “Fables of the 21st Century” is an album of random, funny, emotional, freaky tunes that will crawl right under your skin and stay in your brain. You can support Fuffalo’s debut album by requesting radio debut song “Wishing Well” to your local and online radio stations. The album will also be available on iTunes and Spotify.

Author: Taylor Ashlynn

Western Fashion Stylist, Funky Florist, Branding Aficionado, Southwestern Painter, & a big big fan of the harmonica! You can find me anywhere at @PinaTaylotta.

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