TUSCUMBIA – Celebrated music historian and journalist, Michael Buffalo Smith, will perform and sign copies of his new book Rebel Yell: An Oral History of Southern Rock at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Saturday August 22 at 2pm. Joining Smith to perform will be Scott Boyer of the Decoys and Jay Johnson of Skinny Molly.
Smith is an author, music journalist, and performing songwriter from Spartanburg, SC. He grew up there during the ‘70s as southern rock boomed and his hometown heroes, The Marshall Tucker Band, were at the top of their game. Even then, Smith was sowing the seeds that would one day have him referred to as the Ambassador of Southern Rock.
Smith’s first book, Carolina Dreams: The Musical Legacy of Upstate SC, was published in 1997. It featuring a history of the Marshall Tucker Band and all the other great music that came from the region. Smith began writing for various regional and national publications including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Relix, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Y’all, and many others.When CMT needed a southern rock authority, they enlisted Smith.
Released in September, 2012, Prisoner of Southern Rock, with a foreword by Billy Bob Thornton, was published by the prestigious Mercer University Press of Macon, Georgia. His latest book is also on the Mercer imprint.
As an artist he has opened for Paul Thorn, David Alan Coe, The Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchet, Bad Company, The Marshall Tucker Band, Blackfoot, Brian Howe and others.