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Gather the Herd

02/23/2022 01:15PM ● By Rachel Miller

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Commons

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – Less than two days remain until the iconic WinterWonderGrass Festival returns to the Yampa Valley. Hundreds of fans will fill the Knoll Lot at Steamboat Resort for a weekend filled with incredible music, endless dancing and delicious food and drinks from local vendors. Returning to the WinterWonderGrass stage once again is the local fan-favorite bluegrass band Buffalo Commons.

“I’m really looking forward to the unexpected,” says Denton Turner, upright bass player for Buffalo Commons. “With this festival, all the musicians are friends, so there are all kinds of collaborations all the time. You never really know when you go see a set who is going to come out or what’s going to happen. And the bands are in the same elements as the crowd in this crazy environment and it really makes that bond stronger,” Turner says.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, WinterWonderGrass Festival celebrates its 10th year in Colorado this weekend, February 25-27. The fans, community, visitors and musicians are all eager to return to the mountains and reignite the passion for music within us all.

“I’m looking forward to doing it again and being back out there with everybody. It felt so far away the last couple of years, and the fact that we’re at the cusp now is exciting,” says Tyree Woods, singer/songwriter/guitarist for Buffalo Commons. “I feel really lucky to live here. This community and festival are amazing. Steamboat Springs has had our back from the beginning and to be able to play for everyone on the WWG stage is pretty incredible,” Woods says.

The local soul grass outfit of Turner, Woods, Eric Baker (mandolin), Randy Kelly (fiddle), Dan Harris (banjo) and Tyler Cain (drums) are known for their harmonious acoustic sound as Woods serenades the crowd with his earnest, powerful voice. Formed in 2017 after meeting at an open mic night, Buffalo Commons has developed a substantial following and exciting things are on the horizon for the Steamboat Springs natives.

Big plans on a little budget might be the band’s theme song heading into 2022, but if there’s one thing to be confident about, it’s that this group of guys put their whole heart and soul into their craft.

“We’re going to drop an album,” Woods says. “And we’re going to put every ounce of energy we have into making this album. We did a little community kick starter – and it worked – and it’s all stacking up to be really incredible. We get to put ourselves into our passion and I feel so lucky to get this chance to do it.”

2022 is panning out to be the biggest year for Buffalo Commons yet, with a new album in the works, a tour with Yonder Mountain String Band, and plans to continue touring and making music into the latter half of the year. “It’s basically been about writing really cool music and building Tyree’s songs that he brings and the incredible lyrics that he writes,” Turner says. “We just bring all of our individual influences together to write good music … and have fun while we’re doing it.”

Buffalo Commons will be playing both Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the Jamboree Tent at the WinterWonderGrass Festival. For tickets, schedule and more information, visit