From talking to dozens upon dozens of musicians, being a musician is tough but being a musician in New York is especially tough – and unless you possess an uncommon amount of moxie and hustle, it’s difficult to survive. Interestingly, guitarist Andy Stack managed to thrive as he played countless gigs across the city; however, after a while, Stack had quickly grown disillusioned with being a hired gun and after spending time with a dear friend in New Orleans, was close to leaving New York for good. 

When Stack returned from New Orleans, he was determined to pack up his stuff and leave. But one night while catching a friend play at 55 Bar, he noticed an attractive woman standing in the corner. While speaking to her, Stack learned that the woman was a Canadian transplant via Nashville, and they exchanged numbers. Two months later, they were writing material as a band (The Stacks) and seven months after that, they were married. And about a month later, Andy and Tania Stack had moved to Hudson, NY. 

While at Levon Helm’s barn, the Stacks caught Lee Falco (drums), Brandon Morrison (bass) and Connor Kennedy jamming and eventually the quintet not only became friends, the Stacks asked the trio of Falco, Morrison and Kennedy to record with them – and Buffalo Stack was formed. And after 6 months of writing and recording, the result was an album that was heavily inspired by Americana, the blues and early rock. 

“Dangerous,” is the first single off the band’s self-titled debut and in some way, it reminds me a little bit of P.T. Walkley’s latest effort, Shoulders – and I mean in the sense that the song sounds as though it owes a great to Muscle Shoals and the Delta blues without sounding as though it were merely mimicry. There’s an actual soul there, as the narrator describes the prototypical bad woman of every blues song ever – and in a seductive way, as though you couldn’t help but want her anyway.