“So wipe away those tears now, pour a glass of wine, and tonight we’re livin’ just like we’re dyin’,” Sean Flynn sings on the chorus of the new American Buffalo Ghost song “The Devil’s Fingers.” With Jen Fracas of Eye on Attraction harmonizing and Cabinet’s JP Biondo strumming mandolin, The Band’s fully fleshed-out version of Bruce Springsteen’s stark solo classic “Atlantic City” comes to mind — equal parts weary resignation and boozy optimism.
Highway 81 Revisited is premiering the new track, which you can listen to below.
“I was lucky enough to get Jen and JP to play on it. I wrote inspired by the dynamic duo of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings,” says Flynn. He says he pictured the long-time musical partners’ intertwining vocals, “then I wrote it and I wanted to see if I could recreate that magic.”
The song was to be the first from a new American Buffalo Ghost album, “A Melancholy Jubilee,” before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The full record will be released — at some point.
“Totally. I’ve come too far with it,” says Flynn, of Scranton. “It’s done and just in the can. But the whole world stopped, so it’s like, I have nowhere to go exactly with it. But that’s good because I can literally build it up as long as I want, and when it’s good to get on the road (I had a tour planned but got scrapped) I can come out with a totally finished thing. It’s a real blessing and curse.”
After years with the punk bands Those Clever Foxes and Old Charades, Flynn started performing as American Buffalo Ghost in 2017, which you can read more about in our interview with Flynn from that time.