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Buffalo Black Bio
by Roy Christopher

What happens when you blend soulful beats from North Mississippi with Rock and Roll steeped in Albania and serve them piping hot over a thick bed of down-home bass? A spicy Americana mix called Buffalo Black. The storied musical backgrounds of Mitch Jones, Armand Margjeka, and Brad Porter come together like the perfect melding of herbs and spices. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Buffalo Black:

Mitch Jones discovered Americana music while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1997. "I would come home from a treatment and listen to The Wallflowers, Whiskeytown, Son Volt, and Wilco." He says. "That's when I started chasing 'that sound.'" Jones first found "that sound" for himself while playing with Wynn Christian and, after playing bass on national and regional tours with various bands, he ran across that sound again in Armand Margjeka.

Born and raised in the Northern Alps of Albania, Armand Margjeka fell in love with Rock and Roll at age 12. By 18 he'd moved to America for Art school and discovered Americana. He cites The Boss, Woodie Guthrie, and Hank Williams Sr. as early loves. "After surviving a record deal gone bad," he explains, "I decided to focus solely on the roots of my inspirations. So I started to write songs that were more honest and true to who i was as a human being, instead of songs that were desperately reaching for fake admiration."

Born in Nashville, Brad Porter became a student of the drums at age 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He played in church and in bars before moving to Birmingham for school, where he played for various outfits for four years. Another artist, Porter moved to Oxford, Mississippi and earned a degree in Fine Arts while soaking up the North Mississippi Blues, Soul, and Rock and Roll. After touring with singer/songwriter Patrick Sweany, he's currently back in Birmingham and ready to introduce the world to Buffalo Black.

The newest addition to Buffalo Black is Craig McGriff on keyboards. He started playing while attending Auburn University in 1991. He started as a guitar player/singer and played with several bands and while there formed the group Highly Kind. In 1998, after looking for a keyboardist to no avail, he decided to teach himself to apply what he had learned on guitar and switch to keyboards. Craig’s roots are based in Funk and R&B but after hearing Son Volt’s Trace his world changed and he longed for structured song-based music. He ran into Mitch at a Cool Beans show a few years back and the connection was made.