The Buffalo Ruckus is a compendium of roots, Americana, southern soul, psychedelic postmodern avante-garde experimental country-fried rock. Spun from the timbers of heart and soul, the Ruckus took its first musical breath in the middle of 2013. They quickly gained public attention after winning both the 2014 Texas Music Showdown and 2014 Shiner Rising Star competitions. The band has quickly spread its musical wings and taken its heavy soul-fueled sound through Texas, Georgia, New York and the midwest. The Ruckus has had the honor of performing at top notch venues such as Billy Bob’s and the House of Blues, at large music festivals such as The Larry Joe Taylor music festival, Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering, the 2015 Billy Bob’s 4th of July Picnic, Texas Music Revolution and the Wild Flower Festival. They have also had the honor of opening for artists such as Foghat, Cheap Trick, American Aquarium, The Dirty River boys, Ryan Bingham, Merle Haggard, The Turnpike Troubadours and many others.
Boot-stomping rhythms, howling vocals, and spear-in-the-back guitar leads their overall objective: Spread the Ruckus. Their debut self-titled album, released in August of 2014 was produced by the band and Grammy nominee Chris Bell (has worked with the Eagles, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Erykah Badu, and U2) of Blade Studios and takes listeners on a raw genre-defying journey through Americana, folk, blues, country, and roots rock-n-roll. The songwriting is pure and soulful with stories of heritage, spirituality, redemption, love gained and love lost. The band is currently performing, writing and scheduled to release their sophomore album in January of 2016.
Zach Walther Band:
Founding members Matt Briggs, James Tommey, and Zack Walther released their debut EP in May 2013 and are currently touring Texas and the Southwest. With James on bass, Zack on lead vocals and guitar, and Matt on drums, the trio fills bars and dance halls with sounds ranging from harmonica, whistling, and three-part harmonies to gritty, chest-pounding rock.