Episode 20: Jake Smith of The White Buffalo

I’m fairly new to The White Buffalo but as soon as I heard songs like “Wish It Was True” and “BB Guns and Dirtbikes,” I became an instant fan that had to get all of the band’s albums. When I knew this Chuck Ragan/The White Buffalo tour was going to stop in New York City, I figured that would be a great time to meet up with Jake Smith of the band.

Originally, I was trying to get both Jake Smith and Chuck Ragan to do something together but I was happy just to film either of them. Like with all Chuck Ragan shows in New York, he was incredibly busy but thankfully Jake Smith found time to film 2 songs with me, even though he was a bit under the weather. Would have been nice to film outside but don’t think we’re quite there yet with the weather in New York. One day is great and then it’s two steps back to being cold again. The schedule was a bit hectic for Jake as well so Team Reybee and me just decided to film in the band’s dressing room at Irving Plaza.

I got into the room a few minutes before Jake came in so I could setup. As I was setting up, I realized that The White Buffalo’s drummer Matt was sleeping on one of the couches. I didn’t even realize he was there! I was trying to setup as quietly as I could so I didn’t wake him up. Once Jake came in, Matt woke up and moved to another couch since the other one didn’t have mirrors behind it. I didn’t want to show up in the video the entire time.

Jake ended up playing “Fire Don’t Know” from the band’s newest album Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways and then one of my favorites, “BB Guns and Dirtbikes.” It was a real treat to hear Jake sing exclusively for me and I was hoping he would play at least one of my favorites. Glad he did! Even though Jake was sick, I still wanted to take a picture with him afterwards. Thankfully, I didn’t catch what he had.

Thanks to The White Buffalo for letting me film in the dressing room before the concert, as well as a nice thank you to the Reybee crew!

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Episode 13: Willie Nile

I’ve been trying to film Willie Nile for awhile now. We were trying to film before his Joe’s Pub performance back in April but it was too cold out. We finally got the chance to meet up at a Book Store of all places. Willie and his incredible backing band of Matt Hogan, Johnny Pisano and Alex Alexander did a quick set at the store in Union Square. They played for a half hour or so and then had a signing for Willie’s latest album American Ride, which is brilliant by the way!

I originally wanted to film Willie and the guys in Union Square but the way the heat has been this summer, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. So, Willie and the band ended up playing in their tiny green room. I requested to hear “Places I Have Never Been” since I haven’t heard him play it before. It’s my favorite song by him. He said he hadn’t played that in over 4 years but did so anyway. It couldn’t have went better in my opinion. Who knows, maybe Willie will break it out during his sets again? After that, he played the title track from his new album American Ride. Such an awesome song!

Besides filming the Aussie comedy band The Beards, this was the only time it was really hard to hold in the laughter. As you’ll see in the video, Matt Hogan was goofing off with the maracas and at one point put one up like a boob. Yeah, I nearly lost it (or did). That was just unexpected and hilariously funny! Then Alex was playing his beer as an instrument for “Places I Have Never Been.” I guess he wanted to join in. Then he took out his phone and was playing an app that plays guitars, violins, etc. so that was making me laugh too because I wasn’t expecting that either. I told the guys after that I didn’t think a green room performance would be so enjoyable. It’s like a campfire sing-along but with alcohol and in a book store. If you haven’t already, be sure to buy Willie Nile’s new album American Ride off Loud and Proud Records. It’s truly one of his best albums to date.

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