Terry Buffalo Ware

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Terry Buffalo Ware
Origin Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Genres Rock
Years active 1967–present
Labels OkieMotion Music
Website terrybuffaloware.com

Terry Buffalo Ware is an American guitarist and composer.

Early life[edit]

Ware grew up in the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward. He attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 1972 with a degree in Journalism Professional Writing. He studied piano for 10 years beginning at age 9. He began playing guitar at age 14, and is self-taught. He also played trombone in his high school band, and was in the Pride of Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma's marching band, for one year. While still in high school, Ware played guitar in The Debtor Group, which performed regularly throughout Northwest Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle. The band Sailor which Ware formed in college was a local fixture in Oklahoma music scene of the early 1970s.


After graduating college, Ware moved to New Mexico, where he met Ray Wylie Hubbard. He and Hubbard formed Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies,[1] a group which still enjoys cult status. Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies performed all over the country from 1973 to 1979, including a stint at the Troubador in Los Angeles and tours with Willie Nelson.

When the Cowboy Twinkies disbanded, Ware formed The Sensational Shoes in Norman, Oklahoma. This group enjoyed great regional popularity through the mid-1980s.[2] Ware also released his debut album Caffeine Dreams in 1981.[3]

Ware rejoined Hubbard in 1986, and the duo performed all over the United States and overseas. Ware's guitar work on Hubbard's Lost Train of Thought (1992) was critically acclaimed,[4] as was his work on the 1994 release Loco Gringo's Lament[5] and 1997's Dangerous Spirits.[6] Ware performed with Jimmy LaFave from 1997-2000, giving many notable performances such as the July 31, 1999, Central Park Summerstage in New York.[7]

In 1999, Ware was named a Texas Tornado by Buddy Magazine. The Buddy Texas Tornados are "an elite corp of the Lone Star State's finest musicians."[8]

Since 2000 Ware has been a freelance guitarist backing artists including Ray Wylie Hubbard, John Fullbright, Joel Rafael, Michael Fracasso, Eliza Gilkyson, Smokey & the Mirror, Bob Livingston, Audrey Auld, Susan Herndon, Wanda Jackson, Don Conoscenti, Monica Taylor, Mary Reynolds, Red Dirt Rangers, Sam Baker, Greg Jacobs, Ellis Paul, Camille Harp, Iain Matthews, Sandy Rogers, and many others. In 2003, Ware and the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Childers recorded Two Buffalos Walking-Live at The Blue Door.[9] With John Fullbright, he performed on the 2013 Grammy pre-telecast, and on the David Letterman show in August 2014.

Ware has also released six CDs on his own label OkieMotion Records, Buffalo Tracks (2001),[10] Ridin' the Reverb Range (2004),[11] Reverb Confidential (2007),[12] Reverb Babylon (2011),[13] Everybody's Got One with Gregg Standridge (2015),[14] and Man With Guitar and Amp (2016). In December 2011, Reverb Babylon was named one of the Top Ten Best Albums of 2011 by the San Antonio Express-News.[15]

Ware has performed at every Woody Guthrie Folk Festival since it began in 1998, and has led the house band and served as master of ceremonies for the Hoot for Huntington's since 2003. Among the artists he has backed or performed with at the festival are David Amram, Ronny Elliot, Joel Rafael, The Burns Sisters, Rob McNurlin, Emma's Revolution, Kris Delmhorst, Nancy Apple and many others.


  • Man With Guitar and Amp, 2016
  • Everybody's Got One, Terry Buffalo Ware and Gregg Standridge, 2015
  • Reverb Babylon, 2011
  • Reverb Confidential, 2007
  • Ridin' the Reverb Range, 2004
  • Two Buffalos Walking - Live at The Blue Door, Bob Childers and Terry Buffalo Ware, 2003
  • Buffalo Tracks, 2001
  • Caffeine Dreams, 1981
Appears on the following recordings
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard & The Cowboy Twinkies, 1975
  • Off the Wall, Ray Wylie Hubbard, 1978
  • The Clovis Roblaine Story, Clovis Roblaine, 1979
  • Oklahoma Bossa Nova, Steve Weichert, 1979
  • Lost Train of Thought, Ray Wylie Hubbard, 1992
  • Loco Gringo's Lament, Ray Wylie Hubbard, 1994
  • Dangerous Spirits, Ray Wylie Hubbard, 1997
  • Miles from Here, Macon Greyson, 1999
  • Gecko Canyon, The Banded Geckos, 2000
  • Staring Down the Sun, Red Dirt Rangers, 2002
  • Land of a Thousand Surf Guitars, The Plungers, 2002
  • Guitars Gone Wild, The Plungers, 2003
  • Evil Fuzz, Davie Allan Tribute, 2004
  • Restless Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Bob Childers, various artists, 2004
  • Bitter Sweet, Dante, 2005
  • The Stone Soup Sessions, John Egenes, 2011
  • The Wind and the Weeds, Wendy Allyn, 2011
  • Lucky Live, Greg Jacobs, 2011
  • From the Ground Up, John Fullbright, 2012
  • Songs, John Fullbright, 2014
  • Vagabonde, Susan Herndon, 2015
  • Thin Black Line, Smokey & the Mirror, 2015


  1. ^ Rusty Wasn't, But the Fuzz Wuz, Iconoclast, Dallas, Texas, October 4–11, 1974; Beal jr., Jim. Terry "Buffalo" Ware Reverb Babylon (OkieMOtionRecords), "My San Antonio San Antonio Express News," September 13, 2011.
  2. ^ Proctor, Dan. Sensational Shoes: Nothing is serious...but the music, Woodward Daily Press, September 19, 1984.
  3. ^ Savage, William W. Rock Around the Block, Oklahoma Monthly, 1981.
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. answers.com
  5. ^ Conquest, John. Music City Texas, October 1994; Henderson, S.D., theMet, December 8, 1994; Regenstreif, Mike. Sing Out!, May/June/July 1995.
  6. ^ Steinberg, Brian. Country Standard Time; Goulding, Steve. Chicago Tribune, August 15, 1997.
  7. ^ Sigman, James. No Depression, September–October 1999.
  8. ^ Buddy Magazine. Ten guitarists picked as new Buddy Texas Tornados, Buddy Magazine, April 2001
  9. ^ Easterling, Mike. Two Buffaloes Walking, Oklahoma Gazette, May 17, 2000.
  10. ^ Geddes, George. Pipeline Instrumental Review Issue #54, 2002; Silverstein, Robert. 20th Century Guitar Magazine, May 2002.
  11. ^ Forte, Dan. Vintage Guitar Magazine, 2004; Dirt, Phil. Reverb Central; Taylor, Alan. Pipeline Instrumental Review 64; Marsh, Dave. Rock and Rap Confidential, 20th Century Guitar; Patterson, Beverly. The Lance Monthly.
  12. ^ Forte, Dan. Check this Action, Vintage Guitar, January 2008; Taylor, Alan. Pipeline Instrumental Review, Winter 2007; Patterson, Beverly. The Lance Monthly, October 2007; Peckett, Davy. The New Gandy Dancer, September 2007.
  13. ^ Silverstein, Robert. Music Web Express 3000, August 2011; Hill, Doug. Reverb Babylon, a true work of beauty for Ware, The Norman Transcript, August 26, 2011
  14. ^ Hill, Doug. Terry 'Buffalo' Ware and Gregg Standridge album traverses diverse themes and sound, The Norman Transcript, January 16, 2016
  15. ^ Beal, Jim. Top 10 albums of 2011, San Antonio Express-News, December 21, 2011.
  • Savage, William W. Singing Cowboys and All That Jazz: A Short History of Popular Music in Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma Press, 1983, pp. 165–168.
  • Sellars, Tony. The Mysterious Musician, Oklahoma Music, Spring 2003, pp. 51–52.

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