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New adventure: Latest album takes The White Buffalo in a different direction

Jake Smith is waiting for his morning coffee.

It’s not that he can’t function without it, but he functions better with it.

“It’s all part of my routine,” he says with a laugh. “Let’s get it going.”

Smith is best-known by his stage name, The White Buffalo.

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For years, many have heard Smith’s music but may not have known it.

Many of his songs were heard on the TV show “Sons of Anarchy.” Then in 2015, he was the focus of the 10-part docuseries “Ernie Ball Presents Capturing The White Buffalo.” The series followed Smith as he created his album “Love and the Death of Damnation.”

Fast-forward two years, and Smith is back with the album “Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights.”

The album was also a new adventure for the songwriter.

“It came very fast,” he says of the album. “It was a month of working on it, from beginning to end. I was also writing songs during the process.”

Smith is used to taking his time on albums and songwriting, though he was up for the challenge.

“I made the time and got in a super-creative space,” he says. “It was out of desperation and urgency. I was able to write the bulk of the album within that time frame. It was different and daunting. I don’t think it was my favorite thing to do.”

Smith recorded in the same space where his previous four albums were completed in Los Angeles.

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The reason the album came quickly was that Smith was working with the management firm Thirty Tigers, which had a release date in mind for the album.

“The entire process enabled me to write just enough songs to put on the album,” he says.

Smith is looking forward to coming back New Mexico on his current tour.

He was last in the state while filming the feature film “Cowboy Drifter.”

He has a small role in the film, which he wrote a few songs for.

“We filmed in Albuquerque,” he says. “I play a drunken musician’s dad. It started off with a small part, and then I was writing some songs. It was quite a departure for me. I would do another film project again if it was right.”


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