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George Jones

Sound of the White Buffalo can be found between tenderness and a growl

The voice inside him whirls, lapping and rising, hitting the air like a fist. He stops. "I'm screaming too much." He starts again. Stops. Curses. He takes a breath and closes his eyes. The microphone hangs silver before him. He leans in. The tone he wants arrives like a late friend, lifting softly, galloping ahead with the music, leaving behind the ghost of a life's wreckage. "Excellent take," says producer Ryan Dorn. "You had to warm up." "I was pushing too hard," says Jake Smith, whose alias is the White Buffalo. "I have to breathe more and bring it down into my body." Smith steps outside the small recording studio in Valley...