Newcomer Colby Acuff released his brand new song “Last Buffalo” on Friday, April 1st; the song acts as the second single off of his upcoming album due later this year. A self-proclaimed lover of outlaw country, Acuff possesses the heart and talent of an artist who is determined to make his mark on the genre.
Acuff grew up in Northern Idaho but has deep family roots in Georgia. He grew up with the fondness of southern hospitality and country music. Early inspirations included John Denver,
Hank Williams, and Merle Haggard. Acuff wrote his first song at the age of sixteen and quickly fell in love with the creative process. He has released two albums, Life of a Rolling Stone that came out in 2020, and If I Were the Devil in 2021. The title track off of the most recent album has garnered traction from fans online. Many within the industry regard his style to that of Cody Johnson and Tyler Childers.
“Last Buffalo” opens with a chord riddled in nostalgia for most country music listeners. Sonically, it reminds you of a trip back home. It’s a simple track about lonesome and self-reflection that could make anyone stop in their tracks. Acuff’s voice has a natural ability to be captivating.
In an exclusive quote to The Nash News, Acuff shared thatLast Buffalo "was written about the struggles of being an independent artist. Especially at the time when I wrote it, I felt like no one wanted anything to do with us except for our fans. Who are amazing. No one would take a chance on the kid from way out west who was writing his own songs, booking his own shows, and releasing his own music. this was extremely frustrating for me so I sat down and wrote 'Last Buffalo.'"
“Sometimes I feel like the last buffalo on the plains, when I get lonesome, I don’t hang my head in shame, try to find the rest of my kind, shackles around my name, with a man who aims to tame,” Acuff opens. It’s a song unlike most of what is out in the mainstream today. Much like fellow rising star Zach Bryan, Acuff is able to hook people in with his lyrics that stir up the deepest of emotions. Acuff might be the rare treasure that is much needed.
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