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MP3 Terry ''Buffalo'' Ware - Buffalo Tracks

Guitar driven instrumentals mixing surf, rock, country and blues influences into a cohesive sound.

13 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Instrumental Rock, ROCK: Surf Rock

Pipeline Instrumental Review - Issue #54 2002
by George Geddes

This is a gem of a find. An album of largely orignal compositions, and an assertion that "there were no drum machines or sequencing devices used" gets things off on the right foot. Terry Ware has been a working musician in the Southwest United States for over thirty years, working mainly in country rock, though he freely admits to influences such as Pete Townsend, Link Wray, the Beatles, Frank Zappa, Hendrix and Freddie King. The tracks here represent the instrumentals from his 1981 album Caffeine Dreams supplemented by tracks recorded in a home studio in the 80s. They are not in the least bit dated, however. With the exception of two Zappa numbers and a Bach three-part invention, all tracks are by Ware - and isn''t The Battle Of Midriff Bulge just a great title? Terry plays guitar on all tracks, and contributes other instruments to several.

Terry manages to cover a fairly wide spectrum, the emphasis is on melody and there is much good instrumental playing without any showing off. The opening track gets things off in a fairly straightforward manner, but then the jaunty Bob''s Funhouse changes the mood. Squirrel Patrol (love the titles) is a good solid melody which could have been cut by either Shadows or Ventures in their own styles. Hay Fever Waltz is a jazzy little number, and the same four piece line-up also cut the first Zappa track. Around The Block, the folksy Bob''s Evil Twin and laid-back Cruisin'' are multi-tracked as is Drizzle which is reminiscent of Sky in places.

There''s still lots of nice pickin'' on the Zappa vocal track which contrast with Rita Longhofer''s vocal and Dave Coe''s sax. On TheWing is back to the multi-tracking, and the CD is rounded off - if you''ll excuse the term - with the afore-mentioned Battle...
which manages to be repetitive without becoming boring - there''s even some sound effects in there. Given that these tracks were recorded over a period of time and some are over 20 years old, they do sound remarkably fresh. Enjoyable listening from a musician who is obviously highly professional. As you may have guessed, I liked it.

20th Century Guitar Magazine Review - May, 2002 Issue
by Robert Silverstein

A local musical hero in his native Oklahoma, guitarist Terry Ware cut a number of guitar instrumental tracks back in the late 70s and 80s that for the longest time have remained unreleased until now. Recently, Ware took it upon himself to compile some of his unreleased pieces on a CD entitled "Buffalo Tracks," which he released on his own OkieMotion Records. Guitar-wise Ware''s sound falls somewhere between The Ventures, Steve Cropper, George Harrison and Frank Zappa. The 13 track album features a number of fine Ware originals which he balances with a pair of Zappa originals including a cool cover of Rank''s great "Peaches En Regalia" as well as a Ware version of the 3 Part Invention by classical icon J.S. Bach. Several artists lend a hand including Jim Herbst (drums) and Marlin Butcher (bass), but for the most part Ware skillfully performs all the guitar parts as well as mellotron, organ, snare drum and piano. "Buffalo Tracks" sheds light on Ware''s accomplished, yet sadly uncelebrated musical background.

Bio of sorts

I''m a guitarist living in Norman, Oklahoma. I have played in bands and with singer/songwriters since 1965. I played guitar for Ray Wylie Hubbard from 1972-1978 and again from 1986-1997. I still perform with Ray at selected gigs. I also played with Jimmy LaFave from 1997-2000. I''ve also performed with numerous artists at my favorite live venue, the Blue Door in OKC, and elsewhere around the USA and Europe. I''ve been freelancing since April of 2000 and do my own instrumental shows on occasion. I''m somewhat of a musical misfit and have a variety of influences. I like The Beatles as well as Frank Zappa. I like the Stones as well as The Ventures. I like Jimi Hendrix as well as Don Rich. I like Freddie King as well as Link Wray. I like James Burton as well as Charlie Christian. I like Steve Cropper as well as Jimmy Webb. I think you get the idea...

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