Southern California Honky-Tonker Rick Shea's Buffalo Show is a stark and moving musical journey through a vivid world of border town girls, fast trains, Texas Lawyers, and sycamore groves. The cream of SoCal's country and roots scene mixes into the entire work. Skip Edward's signature organ and accordion fills flow nicely, and fiddler Brantley Kearns is featured prominently on Georgia Pines and Matter of Time. Jann Browne and Heather Myles lend supporting vocals that blend smoothly and soften sweetly on Shea's pleading ballads. Chris Gaffney brings his Tejano touch to Por Que Te Vas? and Lonesome Stranger. Randy Weeks adds harmonies to the lead track, Rattlesnake Daddy's Daughter. "Buffalo Show is classic country, California style" -Billy Block, The Gavin Report, Nashville. "It really is time for the Buffalo show and for all it says about country music artistic possibilities". -Mike Boehm, L.A. Times.
The L.A. Times called Shea's 1995 release, The Buffalo Show, a, "splendid," collection of, "Cajun, Mexican, Rock, and Folk influences," and it was #3 in the Times Year End Top Ten.
The L.A. weekly said it was, "...one of the strongest local releases in years," and called Shea, "a staunchly independent artist who represents the best of California's country legacy."
Rick first came to national attention on the Town South of Bakersfield compilation which also featured Dwight Yoakam and Lucinda Williams.
The Buffalo Show reached #24 on the Gavin Americana Charts, and The Gavin Report called it, "a stark and moving musical journey through a vivid world..."
Shea has played shows with Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, Katy Moffat, and Chris Gaffney, and currently tours with Dave Alvin.