Behind the butch name lurks the substantial figure of the bearded singer-songwriter Jacob A. Smith. The American has a beautiful baritone which inspires interesting comparisons with Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Bruce Springsteen. As The White Buffalo, Smith grazes in the vast expanse that lies between neo-folk, country soul and blues rock. This broad stance is the result of the musical diet of his youth. He was as much a fan of the traditional country of George Jones as the raging punk rock of Bad Religion. Smith hasn’t been home for 10 years, and all that travelling has paid off. His following grew and his songs were used on popular TV series such as ‘Californication’ and ‘Sons of Anarchy’, which clearly works wonders for your self-confidence. Smith walked into the studio without any songs for his latest album ‘Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights’ (2017). Six weeks later the album was complete.