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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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Boare - "playdatshit"

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Broncho - "Class Historian"

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Manmade Objects - Monuments

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Ware it’s at

Often a session player, guitarist Terry ‘Buffalo’ Ware takes center stage Sunday in a free concert for ‘Summer Breeze.’

Joshua Boydston July 20th, 2011

Terry “Buffalo” Ware and The Shambles
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Lions Park
400 S. Flood, Norman, 307-9320

Norman’s Terry “Buffalo” Ware is essentially a human jukebox. The veteran guitarist has toured with names like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmy LaFave and John Fullbright, and has served as the leader for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival’s backing band since its inception.

The catalog runs deep in this one.

“I don’t know how many songs I know, but I know it’s a lot,” said Ware, a veteran session player for acts coming through The Blue Door. “A lot of times, I play the gigs with someone just 15 minutes after I met them. You put on your big ears.”

To do what he does involves more than an expansive memory; the gut proves to be as fundamentally important.

“I’ve done it long enough that I can listen to what’s going on and can kind of hear what’s going to happen,” he said. “What you are doing is serving the song, whatever you can to add to it. There’s certainly an intuition involved.”

For all his talent, the instrumentalist is more than content to step back from the spotlight and quietly contributing his impeccable guitar playing for others. He’s the perfect role player, and most musicians familiar with Ware will tell you that.

“I do it well. I’m not bragging,” Ware said. “I just really enjoy it. I’m not the best singer in the world. Of course, I had the dreams of being a big rock star when I was younger, but I truly enjoy being a sideman, contributing what I can to what they are doing.”

Ware has indulged his inner front man with his work with The Shambles. Largely instrumentals with a base in surf and blues, their songs let him assume creative control while allowing his backups to shine. With a new album, they play a free show Sunday as part of the Performing Arts Studio’s “Summer Breeze” concert series.

“It’s a vehicle for me to play the things I’ve written, or songs that I just like to play,” he said. “I do it because I love that music. If I can keep recording it and playing it when I can ... that’s enough to keep me happy.”

On it is one of Ware’s favorite pieces he’s ever done. A longtime Jimmy Webb fan, he covered Webb’s “Skywriter.” An encounter with Webb at a recent Blue Door show gave him the opportunity to present the track to his hero.

“Long story short, he liked it,” Ware said. “He was nodding to the song over by the speakers, then looked over at one point and gave me a big smile and a thumbs-up. As far as career highlights, that’s about as big as I’ve had.”

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