Originally released on the cusp of the pandemic in April 2020, On The Widow’s Walk is the sixth studio outing from The White Buffalo — the touring/recording persona of singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jake Smith. He’s a seasoned teller of stories and Emmy nominee.
On The Widow’s Walk is being re-issued in expanded and re-packaged form by Snakefarm. Get it here.
This new version, featuring revised artwork and four bonus tracks, is set to be released digitally on April 15. It will follow on CD on April 22. It’s a collection of dark thrills topped off by Smith’s timber-shakin’ baritone, with water and the ocean as underlying themes, and a sense of longing, too.
The 11 core tracks on the album were produced by Shooter Jennings, Grammy-winning son of Waylon, whose previous credits include both Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker. Shooter also plays piano on 3 of the 4 bonus tracks — acoustic, live-in-the-studio renditions of some of the record’s prime moments. The fourth bonus track is “Guiding Light,” a full band plea to the gods never previously available on a physical release.
On The Widow’s Walk is a compelling statement from a unique artist whose songs are consistently mined by the worlds of TV and film; and now, with uncontrived, hand-crafted music receiving increased levels of attention, the timing is perfect for this powerful, provoking album to be spotlighted once more.
Smith adds, “On The Widow’s Walk was nearly buried in the storm of a pandemic and social unrest. Now, finally able to tour again, coming to the UK and Europe in mid-April after two years of waiting, we are releasing a special deluxe edition. With merely myself and producer/ pianist Shooter Jennings, this new addition includes three stripped down, live studio versions of three songs from the album. it also includes the first physical release of the song ‘Guiding Light.’”
ON THE WIDOW’S WALK DELUXE TRACK LISTING:
“Come On Shorty”
“Faster Than Fire”
“River of Love and Loss”
“I Don’t Know a Thing About Love”
“Widow’s Walk” (Acoustic) (Feat. Shooter Jennings)
“The Drifter” (Acoustic) (Feat. Shooter Jennings)
“I Don’t Know a Thing About Love” (Acoustic) (Feat. Shooter Jennings)
“Guiding Light” (CD format only)
On The Widow’s Walk is a compelling, gimmick-free statement from an artist, now based in Southern California, whose activity between the musical lines has seen his star very much on the rise, playing to a million followers worldwide, achieving over 200 million streams to date, and securing a Top 10 spot in the TV/Film Syncs Chart for 2019. Smith’s songwriting and honest storytelling shines through in On The Widow’s Walk. At its core, The White Buffalo is about engagement. The White Buffalo makes people laugh and cry. The White Buffalo is truth and wild imagination working together.