ABOUT THE BAND
"How can a band be loose and tight at the same time? Listen to Buffalo Rose for the answer. I flat love them." - Tom Paxton
Listening to Buffalo Rose is like driving on the open road with the windows down, letting the breezes of various musical styles wash over you. Buffalo Rose commandeers the shimmering and electrifying riffs of the mandolin (Bryce Rabideau), the cascading guitar arpeggios of folk and bluegrass (Shane McLaughlin), the ringing purity of the dobro (Malcolm Inglis), and the steady percussive thrum of upright bass (Jason Rafalak), providing a effervescent blanket of sound under and around which the ethereal harmonies of Lucy Clabby, Rosanna Spindler, and McLaughlin float. There’s a singular beauty in every Buffalo Rose song, whether the group is covering Madonna’s “Borderline” or delivering their stirring original material.
The members of the band met four years ago in the Pittsburgh area. “All of us were active in the Pittsburgh music scene,” says McLaughlin. Each of them was playing different kinds of music, from folk to punk. They formed in 2016 when former member Mariko Reid got together with Clabby and McLaughlin to record McLaughlin’s tune “Momma Have Mercy.” Before long the three had met up with Rabideau and Rafalak, and the band’s first EP, Red Wagon, debuted in November 2016.
“Once we had Bryce and Jason,” says Clabby, “we had our rhythm section. We call Bryce our drummer because of the percussive way he plays mandolin.” While their following grew in the Pittsburgh area, they gained national attention opening for bands such as the Infamous Stringdusters, Dustbowl Revival, and Dangermuffin. In March 2018, the band gathered the music they had been playing on the road and released their first full-length album, The Soil and the Seed. After Spindler replaced Reid in the fall of 2018, the band eventually released their Big Stampede EP in November 2019.