The White Buffalo: ‘Wish It Was True’ featured in “Waco: American Apocalypse” #1 Hit Netflix Documentary Series
The White Buffalo’s “Wish It Was True”
Featured in “Waco: American Apocalypse” the #1 Hit Netflix Documentary Series
Acoustic Song Is the Greatest Gainer This Week On US and UK Shazam Charts
THE WHITE BUFFALO – “Wish It Was True” (Official Music Video)
The White Buffalo’s song, “Wish It Was True”, has struck a chord with audiences for its raw emotions and portrayal in the #1hit Netflix documentary, “Waco: American Apocalypse.”
Intense and beautiful, the acoustic song, a fan favourite, is also the greatest gainer this week on the Shazam USA Top 100, and the third biggest mover in the UK, in addition to a massive increase in streams and playlist adds.
“This song has taken on many shapes and has become somewhat of an anthem for veterans,” says The White Buffalo, aka Jake Smith. “It’s about missteps and misfortune with family, God and country. A search for truth through the eyes of delusion.”
“Waco: American Apocalypse” filmmaker Tiller Russell adds, “The White Buffalo’s ‘Wish It Was True’ is a rare and precious thing – a beautiful and poignant song that drips righteously with Americana. As soon as we saw it against picture in the edit of ‘Waco: American Apocalypse’, we knew… this is the one.”
Listen/watch the video for The White Buffalo’s “Wish It Was True”, HERE.
Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of this national tragedy, “Waco: American Apocalypse” is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tiller Russell (Night Stalker), and has gained widespread popularity reaching #1 in the US on Netflix. The limited series is based on the controversial 1993 standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidians, a religious cult led by David Koresh, that took place in Waco, Texas, and features exclusive access to recently unearthed videotapes filmed inside the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, as well as raw news footage never released to the American public, and FBI recordings. Using cutting-edge visual technology, “Waco: American Apocalypse” plunges viewers inside the multifaceted clash between the Branch Davidians and federal law enforcement in an epic drama about God and guns in America.
The White Buffalo’s critically acclaimed new album Year of the Dark Horse is available worldwide via Snakefarm, HERE.
A collection of 12 musical vignettes, individual yet constant in flow, Year of the Dark Horse is The White Buffalo’s most sonically ambitious and well-rounded album to date, with the full scope of Smith’s songwriting craft on view. Recorded at Neon Cross studio in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, Fidlar), the 12-track album has now debuted to critical praise across the globe.
On YOTDH, the Emmy-nominated, Oregon-born, Southern California-bred artist, The White Buffalo aka Jake Smith, took the less-traveled path and embarked on a voyage of discovery. Bassist, keyboard player, guitarist Christopher Hoffee and drummer Matt Lynott added to the recordings and round out the group on the road.
The Telegraph hailed Year of the Dark Horse“a big, bold, uncompromising album in which Smith’s almost confrontationally honest lyrics, rich melodies and emotional voice have been given the kind of expansive setting they deserve”, while American Songwriter described it as a “tilt-a-whirl of melting soundscapes”, and a “funhouse of melodies that shapeshift in your ears”. Elsewhere, Saving Country Music said YOTDH“goes beyond a concept album, it’s almost like a mini musical of the past year of Jake Smith’s life. …a brilliantly written album”.
Centered around the shifting of the seasons paralleled with the changes in a relationship, Smith’s evocative storytelling and emotionally weighted songs on Year of the Dark Horse allow the imagination of the listener to play an important part throughout; the music builds on a tale of debauchery and blame, of love and loss, a life lived against the odds, with the whole thing set in one lunar year, following our anti-hero through the highs and lows of the seasons. From highlights “Kingdom For A Fool”, “52 Card Pickup” and “Donna”, Year of the Dark Horse offers an invigorating and wonderfully unpredictable listen.
Recently, The White Buffalo stopped byJimmy Kimmel Live!to perform their new single, “C’mon Come Up Come Out”, on late-night television for the first time. Watch and share as The White Buffalo, aka Jake Smith, and his band perform the song “C’mon Come Up Come Out” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!HERE.
In addition, Jake joined Foo Fighters/Dead Peasants guitarist Chris Shiflett on his popular podcast, “Walking The Floor” with Chris Shiflett. Listen as the duo take a deep dive into their diverse musical influences from Outlaw Country to Alt Rock, and Americana to Punk, listen HERE.
The White Buffalo are readying a tour of Europe, the UK and Ireland, starting on May 18. The group will open for the legendary Bruce Springsteen on Sunday, May 21 at Circo Massimo in Rome, Italy, before shows in the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Spain and Ireland, see UK / Ireland dates below.
For all current tour dates for The White Buffalo, visit: HERE.
Check out more critcal soundbites for The White Buffalo’s new album Year of the Dark Horse:
“…a superb album.”
—The Alternate Root
“Smith has a deep, warm, dry, sandblasted voice that brings to life the American desert, which is perfectly complemented by the lush instrumentation and layered tales unfurling throughout. ‘Kingdom For A Fool’ is particularly beautiful – country-tinged, reveling in loneliness, and building into a kind of wild, existential euphoria – while the western shanty, ‘She Don’t Know That I Lie’, could plant its flag between Tom Waits and Nick Cave territory, while holding its head high, its deft lyricism more than justifying the cinematic ambitions of the project. ‘Donna’, meanwhile, reinvents ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and fills it with broken glass and thorns. This Dark Horse is a magnificent work of art”.
“Year of the Dark Horse goes beyond a concept album, it’s almost like a mini musical of the past year of Jake Smith’s life… a brilliantly written album featuring 12 personal songs… Smith makes a statement of intent from the first track, ‘Not Today’, whichboasts a catchy chorus, his strong, gritty vocals accompanied by an explosive production. In conclusion, it’sa bold project from The White Buffalo, but one I hope will pay off, it’s innovative, intriguing and captures the imagination.”
“An intoxicating synergy of music, concept and poetry, this is a progressively minded, humane masterwork that, the deeper you dive into the narrator’s world, the more every element resonates in perfect unison. [Year of the Dark Horse] isn’t just Smith’s headphones album, it might actually be his ‘Sgt. Pepper’.”
“The White Buffalo’s most unpredictable and inventive work to date, the most well-rounded, too – surprising, spontaneous and spectacularly genre-resistant. Year Of The Dark Horse: Normal rules do not apply.”
“Prepare to be amazed, afraid and amused. ‘Year Of The Dark Horse’ is a work of dark, twisted genius.”
—Maximum Volume Music
“Uninhibited in attitude and untethered by genre, The White Buffalo is able to go places other artists just can’t.”
—Saving Country Music
The White Buffalo – UK / Ireland Tour 2023:
Fri Jul 14
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sat Jul 15
Sun Jul 16
Tue Jul 18
Wed Jul 19
Fri Jul 21
About The White Buffalo:
A powerful and prolific storyteller through his songcraft, Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo’s body of work includes prominent song and soundtrack placements in the worlds of TV and film, including the TV series Sons Of Anarchy, This Is Us, Californication, The Punisher, The Terminal List and the films Shelter, Safe Haven and West of Memphis. The White Buffalo’s dark blues and light Americana-roots-tinged folk provided a soundtrack of tunes for the entire seven season run of the FX original series, Sons of Anarchy, which included 11 songs overall. The last song in the series finale for SOA, “Come Join The Murder”, earned The White Buffalo his first ever Emmy Award Nomination.NPR’s All Songs Considered hailed The White Buffalo as an “amazing storyteller”, theLos Angeles Timesadded “Smith’s baritone echoes with villains and misfits, drunks and philistines”, while Classic Rock magazine declared TWB“America’s darkest country/blues export…imagine a blue collar Tom Waits, or Nick Cave, pumping gas in a station just off the highway.”Year of the Dark Horse is available now via Snakefarm, HERE.