"Midwest Carolina Blues" was released in January, 2001 on The Rockabilly Hall of Fame 2000 Blues label.
Recorded in Lincloln, Nebraska at Jam Palace Studios, with lead vocal tracks added a month later at Studio Five/Subtle Chaos Records in Ashborro, NC, (it's a long story) the CD features members of both The Rockabilly Hall of Fame and The Nebraska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Players include Toni Baustian, Bob Timmers, Sean Benjamin, Dave Robel, Jim Jenkins, Mike "Pinky" Semrad, and Jim "Little Jimmy Valentine" Cidlik.
The album is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend Bobby Lowell, one of the first true rockabilly artists out of Lincoln. (Read more on Bobby at www.rockabillyhall.com). The whole album project was conceived to pay tribute to Lowell.
"Listeners in search of a roots-rock blast might find their interests piqued by "Midwest Carolina Blues" (Rockabilly Hall of Fame 110), cut in Lincoln, Nebraska by Michael Buffalo Smith & the Rockabilly Hall of Fame Blues Band. This set nicely straddles the line between the two genres but ultimately hews closer to blues, between R&B ballad "It's Been So Long," slow blues "Jelly, Jelly," and the haunting, noir-ish" Rockabilly Blue..."
-BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE
"It's a nice set of cover tunes performed by a band that is obviously loaded with talent. The album is loosely recorded, live in the studio, so there are a few mistakes here and there, but that only adds to the personality. Smith has a nice voice, but allows his friends to also pay tribute to Lowell, with Sean Benjamin's haunting version of Lowell's "It's Been So Long;" Toni Baustian's sultry "Rockabilly Blue;" and Bob Timmer's guitar intrumental written by Johnny Meeks, "Red Eye." .... The highlight of the album may very well be Smith's single songwriting contribution, "She's Got a Hold On Me," a nice blues number with a tip of the hat to "I Put a Spell On You." Great playing all around by the band."
- BANDS OF DIXIE MAGAZINE; FRANCE; November 2001
"Great music from a big man with a big heart, a big guitar, a big voice, and a message that deserves to be heard. There is no doubt about it. His is a great soul that comes from that place deep within the recesses of our own. His music is not to be denied, it is to be cherished. From one who knows."
Derek & The Dominos/Delaney & Bonnie & Friends/Solo Artist
"Michael B. Smith is a true Artist! He plays what he loves and we love what he plays! "Mid-West Carolina Blues" is a must for all Southern Music and Blues lovers! Thanks MBS for the great Music!"
- George McCorkle, Solo Artist & founding member of
The Marshall Tucker Band
"Michael, congratulations on a successful CD. I thought it was "True Gritz." You epitomize the true "Roadhouse Band" vibe. Thanks for the tribute on "Fly Away!"
- Jerry LaCroix
(Edgar Winter's White Trash/Rare Earth)
Rest in Peace: Bobby Lowell; Sean Benjamin; George McCorkle; Jerry LaCroix.