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 Short Bio

Every era of Rock & Roll can be found in the cracks and crevices of the sound that is Buffalo Stack. Refined but Rooted, Sophisticated & Dirty, nourished by the Hudson River & Catskill Mountains, this is an unforgettable band that invites your Soul in.

Long Bio

Some musicians are content to be sidemen/women. There’s a simplicity to it, and if that’s your calling, it can be quite fulfilling. Other people have an inner voice and vision that demands to be shared. You can only suppress that voice for so long before you have no choice but to heed its’ call.

After thriving as a sideman musician in the New York City music scene for several years, writer, guitarist and vocalist Andy Stack heeded that call and headed north on a whim to the Hudson Valley (home to luminaries like Bob Dylan and The Band) and founded the group Buffalo Stack.

It was in this mountainous region of the state where Andy’s own voice began to blossom free from the hustle of the NYC lifestyle, but with the musical prowess formed in the crucible of the big city scene. Within 6 months he had written a full album’s worth of original roots/rock/Americana music, bringing together some of the finest musicians and singers from the valley, and playing weekly at many of the fertile music clubs in the region, including The Falcon, The Towne Crier, and Club Helsinki.

Andy brings to Buffalo Stack his command of American roots music, his knowledge of the folk traditions from his ancestors’ homeland of Ireland and his modern music sensibilities. Influences from Chicago, to the Delta, from New Orleans to New York City, all find their way into the cocktail.  He culls the deep cuts for material, improvises solos with a compelling approach to his instrument, and leads the band through a dynamic and adventurous set of original songs and carefully selected covers. The band in its versatility has performed in different formations from duo to big band with a horn section and background singers, consistently bringing enthusiastic audiences to their feet.

To date, Buffalo Stack has released a 5-song EP Hammer and Nails in 2016 and a full-length self-titled album in 2014.

Andy has collaborated as a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and record producer with artists such as Amy Helm, Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega, Lucius, Teddy Thompson, Jonah Smith, Mike and Ruthy, Les Nubians, NY Ska Jazz Ensemble, and many others.  He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from SUNY Purchase.

 

Quotes

“Buffalo Stack is an easy band to like. The ensemble’s debut record is a mix of various styles, including rock, soul, country, and blues. Saying that, though, gives the music short shrift because in some ways it almost seems indefinable…the band is a cohesive unit…(Andy Stack’s) guitar playing is never flashy, but it’s surprising, soulful, and always in the right place. …he has an engaging, pure voice…here’s hoping the group will build up a strong enough following to be around a while and make more great music.” – JOHN HEIDT, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Feb 2015

“Before the band got through the chorus of their first song, “Maryanne,” I was hooked… Stack is one of the most expressive guitar players I’ve heard recently…By this point in the show, it was clear that the comparisons to the Band and Jack White fell short. The songs had the same kinds of country-fied, gospelly, bluesy pop-rock progressions, and that made them all feel familiar, but that doesn’t make Andy Stack the musical descendant of Levon Helm any more than Bill Clinton is the musical student of George Clinton. All the members of Buffalo Stack have clearly been listening to heavy doses of the same things that Helm and Danko listened to — and inspired — but this is new music. Buffalo Stack’s self-titled album was recorded in Hudson and is available from all the usual online stores. It deserves regular play in your roots-rock music rotation” – Eric Gleason, Nippertown

“It’s too late to be the first to love The Avett Brothers. When a band starts racking up most-mentioned-on-NPR awards, gets mentioned in novels and becomes a reference in “Dexter,” restless music lovers know it’s time to find a new darling. Congratulations: The new darling… is Buffalo Stack. The band’s eponymous first album was released last month, giving this sophisticated, New York-bred Americana band the sheen of a summer romance with such accomplished musicality that you know you can love it for the long haul.” – Mark Levy, Cambridge Day 9/15/2014

“Andy Stack is more than just a singer/songwriter – he is a world-class guitarist who has written many excellent songs which he sings in a very natural, spontaneous way. He creates a palette of sound that is both sophisticated and accessible, a combination only seen in the likes of visionaries like Joni Mitchell.”

Cary Brown

“…It’s a far twang from “My Old Kentucky Home” or “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”. Fragmented and dissonant, full of fragile melody and tensile strength, this music, played by Andy Stack, evokes cracked-glass lyricism… ”

NY Times

“ANDY STACK stepped up to the stage and belted out tunes in the style of Jeff Buckley. With his petite frame and grace, captivated the audience with his very competent backing band”

Emergenza Music Festival

“Andy Stack’s guitar playing impresses with its fluidity and gracefulness.”

The Working Musician.com

“As leader and a solo artist, Stack’s approach to songwriting, guitar playing and singing is sweeping. He generates creative expression with broad strokes. He builds momentum with nuance, but he comes at you with a full-throttle approach that lifts you up and places you back down gently.
Stack knows when to apply pressure. And he knows when to take his foot off the gas pedal. He gives it all a gentle nudge with a little swing, as he combines old-school sensibility with a contemporary edge”
– The Falcon

Articles

Andy Stack - Vintage Guitar Magazine

 

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