By Elmer Ploetz

Congratulations to all of the 2022 inductees to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame! Of course, we’re always excited to see those with Americana connections, too.

  • So let’s start with Nolan Bruce Allen. Allen (aka NBA) has been one of the SAM Foundation’s biggest supporters from the start. You can read about that HERE.But he’s also got a great history in making music, too, particularly in western swing. If you want to check out his three albums, where he’s billed as New York’s King of Western Swing, you can check them out on Spotify HERE. Congrats, NBA!

  • Then there’s Jim Sweet, bass player in the Twang Gang and so many other bands around Western New York.  Want to catch a whole set of the Twang Gang with Jim holding down the bottom (and he even sings!)? Here’s a video Randy Bolam posted from 2013. Check it out!

  • There are also our friends in the Dooleys, who ride the line between rock, country and folk (and who knows what else!). Here’s a video from the album they did just a couple of years ago:
  • On the blues/soul side of things, there’s Terrie George. Here she is lending a rock edge to the Syl Johnson/Al Green classic “Take Me to the River” during the Shadows reunion show from 2018. BTW, the Shadows are doing a reunion show at the Sportsmen’s Tavern on Sunday, Sept. 11. It’s a 5 p.m. show.
  • Drummer Will Schulmeister, perhaps best known for his  band, Under Arrest, will also be inducted. Here’s a show they did as part of the Band Together Buffalo series early during the pandemic.

  • Congratulations to all of the other inductees as well, of course. They include Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls (as an individual; the Goos have been in for quite some time), drummer Darrell Nutt, jazz piano player George Caldwell, music biz icon Jim Pendolino, Mark Custom Recording Service (launching pad for many Americana albums), bandleader and trumpeter Richard Americo Bono, multi-instrumentalist Sujeet Desai and singer/actress Tanya Diona.

The inductees will officially enter the Hall of Fame during the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Seneca One Tower on Oct. 12. There will be a subsequent concert performance on Oct. 13 at the Cove Seafood & Banquets.

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