MP3 Terry ''Buffalo'' Ware - Ridin' The Reverb Range
Surfy, twangy, eclectic guitar driven instrumental rock and beyond written and recorded in Oklahoma.
12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Surf Rock, ROCK: Instrumental Rock
Vintage Guitar Magazine
Surf music from Oklahoma? Well, not exactly. Ware incorporates elements of surf (which has become a catch-all for any instrumental twang), but his palette is much broader. For instance, the majestic "Galactic Orphan" is subtitled "Meek''s Shadow," and hearkens back to England''s pre-Beatles scene with Hank Marvin''s Shadows and producer Joe Meek''s spacey effects, while "Me And Mr. Z" is decidely unsurfy, recalling funky ''70''s jazz.
Travis Linville Chicken picks on a tribute to Buckaroo Don Rich; Mike Hosty cameos on slide; there''s plenty of Dennis Borycki''s organ; and Bob French supplies some appropriately dubbed "silky guitar." But it''s Terry riding herd throughout, doubling (or quadrupling) on slide guitar, bass, and mandolin.
"Bustin'' Surfborads" this is not, although rockers like "Snownado" and "Buster''s Panic" get a little wet. But with eight Ware originals, a medley of Davie Allan biker tunes, a beautiful Duane Eddyesque ballad by the Plungers'' Clovis Roblaine, and some spaghettin western from Milo De Venus'' Susan Hyde Holmes, the overall mood is darker, more desolate. And Ware isn''t timid about cranking it into sustained overdrive, as on his cover of Dusty Springfield''s "You Don''t Have To Say You Love Me" - a brilliant song choice.
An evoctave sountrack in search of a movie. David Lynch and Quentin Tarrentino should check Buffalo out.
(c) 2004 Dan Forte; all rights reserved
Ridin'' The Reverb Range
Label: Okiemotion OMCD-002 CD -- 4 Stars
Album number two from Terry "Buffalo" Ware finds him much deeper into the surf idiom while retaining his country roots. The writing seems much more developed to me, and the rhythms and melodies much more surfable. While this is not straight surf, there is a lot for a surf fan here, not the least of which is very fine playing and writing delivered through well thought out arrangements.
Phil Dirt - Reverb Central
The flashiest guitarist in the roots rock movement indulges his penchant for ''60s instrumental twang, a sort of red dirt-bike version of Davie Allan and the Arrows. Allan''s "Blues Theme," "Telstar" by the Tornados and the entire catalog of Link Wray are the main inspirations.
Dave Marsh - Rock and Rap Confidential
One of the best kept secrets from the state of Oklahoma, guitar ace Terry Ware released his best album yet in 2004. The all instrumental 12 track Ridin'' The Reverb Range finds Ware reviving the instro guitar field made famous by The Ventures, The Shadows, Booker T & The MG''s, Frank Zappa and more recently by Los Straitjackets. With track titles like "Galactic Orphan (Meek''s Shadow)" and "Bob Goes To Spy School", Ware keeps the spirits high and he even sums up fine covers of the Davie Allan classic "Chopper / Fender Bender" while offering his own instro take on the Dusty Springfield chestnut "You Don''t Have To Say You Love Me". Featuring a range of originals, the CD establishes Ware right up there America''s finest spy/surf guitar practitioners.
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Terry "Buffalo" Ware''s first album received much praise from George Geddes in Pipeline 54 and his second is up to the mark too. It comprises mostly originals by Terry who provides nearly all of the guitar work on the album. He has a great bunch of musicians working with him, the rhythm section of Ray VanHooser (drums) and Marlin Butcher (bass) hold things together with a tight but rounded style. Terry brings others in to augment the sound on most tracks. Dennis Borycki is a frequent player, genrally filling out the sound on organ and most notably on the Davie Allan medley of Chopper and Fender Bender. This is atypical of the album''s sound, but Terry''s tastefully fuzzed sustain makes it a fine feature. The other well known non-original is a masterful and stirring arrangement of You Don''t Have To Say You Love me, we''re not talking limp copies here.
Mike Hosty joins the fray for the moody Belmont Blues where he adds some tasty slide to contrast with Terry''s lead over Dennis'' organ fills. Clear Bay Glide is a fine and proud ballad that is taken to a higher plane with its deft touches of slide whilst Snownado is an out and out rockin'' twanger. There''s another dreamy ballad in Desert Solitaire which Shads bands should investigate, a country break in Baffaroo, and more rockin'' on Buster''s Panic with its hints of surf.
Which brings me around to the album''s opener, Galactic Orphan. This also has a slightly surfy feel but is remeinscent of so many rather average surf bands that, for me at least, it make poor introduction to the album. Ditch it and move straight into the meat, it''s worth it.
Alan Taylor - Pipeline Instrumental Review 64
Having played in a succession of bands since 1965, Terry Ware is no stranger to the scene. Based out of Norman, Oklahoma, this veteran guitarist is incredible, and that''s an understatement. Terry''s latest album, "Ridin'' The Reverb Range," yields one striking instrumental after another. The disc exposes just how adept he is at performing an olio of different styles while still managing to parent a distinctive sound.
Splashed with dense structures, full-bodied melodies, and a rhythm section that''s telepathically linked, tracks like "Bob Goes to Spy School," "Galactic Orphan (Meek''s Shadow)" and "Buster''s Panic" are first-rate surf rock specimens. Possessing the ability to make his guitar produce colors and emotions, Terry certainly has a mean set of chops. Each note he plucks resonates with personality. A cover of Dusty Springfield''s "You Don''t Have To Say You Love Me" shimmers and glimmers with beauty and grace, the rough and raucous "Buffaroo (Homage To Don Rich)" assumes a purebred hillbilly posture, and "Belmont Blues" adds a bout of soulful organ grooves to the party.
Beverly Patterson - The Lance Monthly
He''s an Oklahoma institution who has played with more than a few of the greats over the last three decades, and Terry "Buffalo" Ware''s latest is another in a long line of great albums. The iconic guitarist rips through 12 strong songs, ranging from the emotive "Belmont Blues" to the gritty "Chopper/Fender Bender."
Preston Jones - Oklahoma Gazette
VETERAN OKLAHOMA GUITARIST RELEASES NEW ALBUM
For many music fans, Terry ''Buffalo'' Ware is best known as guitarist for singer/songwriters such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmy LaFave and Michael Fracasso, just to name a few of the many who have enlisted his work over the years. While it''s true that Ware is very proud of all the work he has done over the years with many of the leading singer/songwriters of the day, he is most proud of his new instrumental recording, "Ridin'' the Reverb Range," which is quietly becoming one of the most talked about new releases of the year.
With influences ranging from Frank Zappa, Davie Allen, Hank Marvin & the Shadows, the Beatles and Don Rich, the album is a criss cross of American musical sounds that have informed Ware''s playing over the years.
Recorded at Ware''s home studio, as well as Ryan Recording and Mousetrap Studios, the album contains Ware''s original compositions as well as songs from good friends Clovis Roblaine and Susan Hyde-Holmes. It also includes a spirited cover of Davie Allen''s "Chopper/Fender Bender" and a melodic treatment of the Dusty Springfield classic, "You Don''t Have To Say You Love Me."
Ware''s original songs range from the surf guitar influenced "Galactic Orphan" to the film noir sound of "Belmont Blues" to the Zappa inspired "Me and Mister Z," and "Buffaroo" a tribute to country guitar great Rich who came to fame with the Buck Owens band.
The album features a fine cast of Oklahoma musicians including keyboardist Dennis Borycki, bassist Marlin Butcher, drummer Ray Vanhooser, and guitarist Bob French (who play with Ware as the Shambles) as well as special appearances from Mike Hosty and Travis Linville.
While many will refer to this record as ''surf guitar'' music, it''s really more than that. Ware calls his music "Okie Twang, or somewhere between The Ventures and Frank Zappa, with many detours along the way," and that is probably as good a description as you can find. It''s really elements of both the great American songbook and the great instrumental sounds that actually used to be heard all over pop radio. It''s rock & roll guitar music, but not ROCK music as most would define. It''s rock & roll with jazz and country soul all over the grooves.
The record is receiving airplay as far away as New Zealand and Germany as well as on many specialty shows across America.
Greg Johnson - Blue Door Music Hall
A guitarist from Norman, Oklahoma, Terry "Buffalo" Ware has played in bands and with other artists since 1965, including full time stints with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Jimmy LaFave. He''s also performed with numerous other artists in the USA, Canada and Europe in venues ranging from clubs to concert halls to festivals. Ware has been freelancing since April of 2000, playing and touring with many local and regional artists. He also leads an instrumental band called Terry "Buffalo" Ware and The Shambles, which performs surf/rock/r&b/okie twang music featuring many of Ware''s original compositions as well as selected covers by The Ventures, The Shadows, Los Straitjackets, Booker T & The MG''s and Frank Zappa among others. Ware''s first musical love has always been surf and rock guitar instrumental music. In fact, "Pipeline" was the first song he ever learned to play on guitar. Ware''s new cd, "Ridin'' The Reverb Range," is his second independent release. It includes eight original songs, a two song medley by Davie Allan, a song by Clovis Roblaine of The Plungers, a song by Susan Hyde-Holmes of Milo De Venus and my arrangement of the Dusty Springfield classic, "You Don''t Have To Say You Love Me." In addition to Ware, the album features some of the best and most respected musicians in Oklahoma.