Buffalo Gospel (from the album On the First Bell)
Broken blue-collar dreams were what Buffalo Gospel songwriter Ryan Necci saw growing up middle-class in a small Minnesota farming town. His stories found a friend in the music handed down in his dad’s record collection, artists such as John Prine and Townes Van Zandt. On the First Bell is the second album from Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Buffalo Gospel. The songs capture life in an audio photograph, the characters trying to lift their heads and hide their hearts are timeless, the headlines they read from today as “Sundays Never Smile Anymore” listens a conversation between the world’s oldest profession and exploding bombs. On the First Bell stages its title track in two acts, entering with slow yet determined strides, locking arms with a like-minded community as Buffalo Gospel answer “When the Lonesome Comes Calling” on dreamscape melodies to match the mood, wrap sad honky tonk Country around “High Time to Hang Fire” and send a love letter to a driving man in “18 Wheeler”.
Classic Country and Western music cuddles up close to Americana with On the First Bell, the soundtrack letting storyteller Ryan Necci stage his observations on life in America circa 2018. Buffalo Gospel wonder what freedom is worth in “Homeless” and rev up the rhythm to admit the sins of “Son of a Gun”. Whether in paparables, fables, or rock’n’roll songs, messages take hold better when mixed into a story, Buffalo Gospel defend decisions as they face mortality by listing personal choices in “Best Get Fitted” and tenderly pick out Country Folk to comfort the realities of “Can’t Afford to Die”.
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