Buffalo Nichols Shares New Single “Back On Top”

Buffalo Nichols today shared his new single “Back On Top,” the second from his self-titled debut album, due out on October 15th, 2021, via Fat Possum. “‘Back On Top’ is a song about living in the moment at the expense of others and paying a high price tomorrow for a good time today,” explains the Austin, TX-based guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Carl “Buffalo” Nichols—Fat Possum’s first solo blues signing in nearly 20 years. The smooth, dynamic track features a spright backbone of drums, and showcases a different side of the album from the tender, aching lead single “Lost & Lonesome,” released to praise last month from Rolling Stone Country and more.

Buffalo Nichols will head back out on the road in early October to support Drive-By Truckers on their lengthy U.S. tour, including four November dates at Brooklyn Bowl. A current itinerary is below.

Since his earliest infatuations with guitar, Buffalo Nichols has asked himself the same question: How can I bring the blues of the past into the future? After cutting his teeth between a Baptist church and bars in Milwaukee, it was a globetrotting trip through West Africa and Europe during a creative down period that began to reveal the answer.

“Part of my intent, making myself more comfortable with this release, is putting more Black stories into the genres of folk and blues,” Nichols explains. “Listening to this record, I want more Black people to hear themselves in this music that is truly theirs.” That desire is embodied in his self-titled debut album, composed largely of demos and studio sessions recorded between Wisconsin and Texas.

Buffalo Nichols tour dates:

10/2/21 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant*
10/4/21 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium*
10/6/21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue*
10/8/21 – Chicago, IL – The Vic*
10/9/21 – St Paul, MN – Palace Theatre*
10/10/21 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre*
10/12/21 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre*
10/14/21 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall*
10/15/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls*
10/16/21 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*
10/19/21 – Detroit, MI – Majestic*
10/21/21 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre*
10/22/21 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing*
10/23/21 – Asheville, NC – Rabbit Rabbit*
11/3/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl*
11/4/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl*
11/5/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl*
11/6/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl*
11/8/21 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen*
11/10/21 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat*
11/11/21 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall*
11/12/21 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse*
11/13/21 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse*
11/15/21 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room*
11/17/21 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater*
11/18/21 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn*
11/19/21 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn*
11/20/21 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s*
*supporting Drive-By Truckers