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Buffalo Nichols

“I just don’t know the difference between love and sympathy,” 

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Buffalo Nichols

"The Fatalist"

Fat Possum Records FP-1791

Release date: September 15, 2023


Produced, Recorded and Mixed
by Carl Nichols


Buffalo Nichols (Carl Nichols)- Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Synthesizers, Drum Programming and Percussion 
Jess McIntosh - violin
Samantha Rise - vocals  (Track 8)

01 Cold Black Stare 02:44
02 You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond 03:35
03 Love Is All 03:40
04 Turn Another Stone 03:08
05 The Difference 03:28
06 The Long Journey Home 03:43
07 The Fatalist Blues 02:32
08 This Moment 

Listen to samples
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"Meet Me In The Bottom"
Fat Possum . 2022



"Buffalo Nichols"

Fat Possum - 2021

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Born in Houston, Carl (Buffalo) Nichols, before signing with Fat Possum Records in 2021, took his guitar and suitcase and headed to Africa to explore the road dust of a musician with no future. Then the jazz clubs of Berlin, the corners of Kiev and with very clear ideas back home. In his head the songs of Son House, Charley Patton or Skip James kept shaking his musical intuition and he resorted to creative intelligence to give rise to an entire sound world that exploded inside him. Nichols is not a bluesman, he's a restless musician who uses the resources of technology to explain his interiority through songs, singing about love, the madness of existing, his incompatibility with reason. Creator of atmospheres from guitar lines on which synthesizers and drum machines establish red lines not suitable for purists, electronic music wrapped in his baritone voice that sings Blind Willie Johnson and samples Charley Patton in a trap music massage that strips their privacy without altering. This is a fantastic album by an exuberant musician sunk in the depths of the blues music and who doesn't care what his music is labeled, only interested in his own personal world and finding listeners who speak his own language.


"You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond "
Blind Willie Johnson (1930)

When I was a gambler - Nobody would go my bond
I fell on my knees and began to pray for jesus to go my bond
You gonna need somebody on your bond
When its late in the midnight - and death come sneaking in your room
You gonna need somebody on your bond

I heard the voice of Jesus say: Come unto Me and rest
Come my weary wandering one, lay down your head and rest
You Gonna Need somebody on your bond

I came to Jesus as I was - Weary, tired and sad
I found in Him a resting place - good lord I am so glad
Yes I have Somebody on my bond
And when its late in the midnight and death come sneaking in my room
I have somebody on my bond

Blind Willie Johnson - You'll Need Somebody On Your Bond - Recorded in 1930

"You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die"
(Charley Patton recorded the song in 1929)

Charlie Patton - You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die - Recxorded in 1929

"You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond "
by Buffalo Nichols (2023)

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