FORMED IN 2013 - DETROIT MI
Nina: Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Adam: Guitars, Slide Guitar, Vocals
Mike: Keyboards, Piano
Ramiro: Bass Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals
AJ: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
“Catch them now before they go supernova. The band’s sound is bluesy and psychedelic while Nina Sofia’s powerhouse vocals are soon to be classified one of the seven wonders of the Midwestern world” (Metro Times).
Nina & The Buffalo Riders are a product and cumulative manifestation of Detroit's legendary musical history. The five piece outfit combines soulful vocals with instrumentation reminiscent of early blues and psychedelic rock from the likes of Big Brother and the Holding Co. and Jefferson Airplane. “The passionate vocals of Nina Sofia which when accompanied by Adam Enriquez (guitar), Ryan Meadows (guitar), A.J. Jezewski (drums), Mike Fritz (keyboards), and Ramiro Romero (bass) gave the crowd a musical stew that hinted at influences by The Grateful Dead, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Janis Joplin” (Chuck Marshall -National Rock Review).
Since their formation in early 2013, “Nina and the Buffalo Riders have been steadily building a following in Detroit with music that aches with soul and burns with the heart of rock” (Chuck Marshall - National Rock Review), playing prime time slots at Detroit Winter Blast 2016, Showcase D’Holidays 2015, Arts Beats and Eats Royal Oak 2015, opening for Detroit’s own Sponge at the Allen Park City Art and Music Festival in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Metro Times Blowout 2015, Hamtramck Music Festival in 2016 and the Ferndale City Pride Festival in 2014, headlining venues such as the Magic Stick Detroit, Short's Brewing Company Bellaire, PJ's Lager House in Detroit's historic Corktown neighborhood, the famous Blind Pig Ann Arbor and the newly opened Huma Room at Hopcat Detroit, performing as direct support for national acts such as The Steepwater Band Chicago and Mike Leslie of Candelbox, in addition to heavy hitting local acts The Muggs, The Reefermen and Detroit Classic Rock Royalty Frijid Pink. “In the sixties, they would have been referenced as a 'tribal' band because of their 'hippie' tendency. Nowadays, they just play good music and don’t have to worry about labels” (PhilMaq- Radio Personality at 89.3 WHFR). The group is valued for their high intensity live performances, cross-genre instrumentation, and desire to make genuine friendships with every individual that they encounter.
NINA AND THE BUFFALO RIDERS
Nina and The Buffalo Riders craft invigorating rock music with the soulful beating heart of blues on their debut release.
The tragedy in this initial release from Nina and The Buffalo Riders is that there are only 5 songs. The beauty of this release is that each song is marvelous. This six-piece band from Detroit, Michigan reinvents rock that feels vital to the salvation of your soul. Each song courses with the love of the music being made by each member of the band.
— Chuck Marshall Life in Michigan
WHERE TO LISTEN/PURCHASE
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Detroit Music Awards Nominee - 2016
- Outstanding Alt/Punk/Indie Artist/Group
3 Time Philby Award Winner - 2015
Hot 100 songs of 2015
- #8 Madness—Nina and The Buffalo Riders
- #62 Buffalo Blues—Nina and the Buffalo Riders
The Best Albums of 2015
- #30 EP1—Nina and The Buffalo Riders (BEST LOCAL ROCK EP)
Performance review by Chuck Marshall of National Rock Review
Nina and the Buffalo Riders have been steadily building a following in Detroit with music that aches with soul and burns with the heart of rock. The band was in great form during their set on the Huma Room stage. The sound system exquisitely captured the bluesy rolling waves of music. The entire band beamed with a joyful vibe that reverberated through their songs. The band featured the passionate vocals of Nina Sophia which when accompanied by Adam Enriquez (guitar), Ryan Meadows (guitar), A.J. Jezewski (drums), Mike Fritz (keyboards), and Ramiro Romero (bass) gave the crowd a musical stew that hinted at influences by The Grateful Dead, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Janis Joplin......
When it comes to musical genres, no one's sure where to put Nina & the Buffalo Riders, but when it comes to summer music festivals, several promoters out there know the value of getting the band a choice slot.
The International Pop Overthrow, which comes to PJ's Lager House starting Thursday, is the first of a handful of upcoming fest gigs for the southwest Detroit six-piece, whose sound strays often from the strict boundaries of pop for adventures in Detroit garage rock, '70s psychedelia, gritty piano-bar blues, Appalachian-tinged folk and freewheeling rock 'n' roll.
Lead singer Nina Sofia has a commanding presence, and her melodic voices matches the intricate guitar lines of Adam Enriquez Jr. and Ryan Meadows. Mike Fritz adds atmospheric augmentation on keys, while Ramiro Romero (bass) and Adam (A.J.) Jezewski (drums) round out the rhythm. We spoke with Jezewski about the band's adaptable 31-flavors sound and its suitability for festivals like Pop Overthrow......
One of the brightest spots on the Detroit music scene for me recently, has been the arrival of Nina and The Buffalo Riders! A group of six musicians with wide open interests that can really shift gears between and within their songs. In the sixties, they would have been referenced as a “tribal” band, because of their “hippie” tendencies. Nowadays, they just play good music and don’t have to worry about labels. Nina and Ramiro will be guests on my “Theme Attic” show today at 10AM to talk about their album release party this week at Hopcat in Detroit on Friday, May 8th. My favorite song by the Band is “Madness.”
Interview By LeeAnn Brown of Metro Times Detroit
Classic Rock Meets New-Age Energy
The first time we met up with Detroit up-and-comers Nina & the Buffalo Riders was at a small daylong festival in Clarkston. Their thick blues riffs broke the stagnant barn air, making way for those unmistakably soulful power-pipes of lead singer Nina Ledesma. Fascination with the band's smooth classic rock prowess set in, but it wasn't until later that night that Nina and her acoustic guitar enraptured us as we sat around the campfire, beer in hand.
Since that summer night, the band has played a show nearly every weekend at local music houses like PJ's Lager House and Ann Arbor's Blind Pig. In light of their upcoming EP, we traveled over to southwest Detroit's culture-soaked Delray neighborhood to talk with Ledesma (vocals), Adam "A.J." Jezewski (drums), Adam Enriquez (guitar), Ramiro Romero (bass), Ryan Meadows (guitars and things), and Mike Fritz (keys). After burritos from the local taco truck, we gathered on the front porch, with an overly trusting stray cat we dubbed Cheddar, to discuss Detroit music and sticking to the roots.....
This week’s mix features tracks chosen by members of Nina & The Buffalo Riders – an incredibly talented group ofmusicians with an amazing (and infectious) live energy (we’re telling you – you have to experience them live…you’ll thank us later).
Check out some terrific tracks, hand-selected by Nina, AJ, Mike, Ryan, and Ramiro of Nina & The Buffalo Riders:
I’m just going to say that I love Nina and the Buffalo Riders. Not only are they terrific people, they are exceptionally talented. The opening notes drew the crowd and wrapped us all in the warm embrace of sweet rock and roll salvation. The electric energy of their stage presence bristles into the audience. Thankfully the stage at the Token Lounge is big which gives Nina and the Buffalo Riders plenty of room to move....
Rock act Nina and the Buffalo Riders are set to perform as Joe Cocker this year. Guitarist Ryan Meadows points out that it's "difficult to pinpoint exact members that we are going a , as we area female-fronted group and we are performing as a male-fronted group".....
Detroit Proud caught up with A.J. Jezewski, drummer from Nina & the Buffalo Riders (performing with his band as Joe Cocker), and George Morris, front man of George Morris & the Gypsy Chorus (performing with Ronny Tibbs as Simon & Garfunkel) to chat about their upcoming performance at Creepy Cheapy.....
Quickly becoming one of the best bands in Detroit is Nina and the Buffalo Riders. The opening notes draw the growing crowd and wrap us all in the warm embrace of sweet rock and roll salvation. The band’s stage presence is electric and makes you want to move. Thankfully the stage at the Token Lounge is large as Nina and the Buffalo Riders make use of every square foot.
The band’s sound is firmly rooted in the heart of rock with a soulful touch of blues. They play songs from their recently released self-titled EP and then play a cover of the Beatles “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.” The final song of their set raises the roof with jubilant thunder. The crowd calls for more and Nina and the Buffalo Riders treat us to one last song that raises the hairs on your arms with its magnificent positive energy......
CBS 62’s Detroit Proud spoke to Detroit x Detroit musicians Adam Jezewski (drummer for Nina & The Buffalo Riders),and Jesse Shepherd-Bates (who is performing songs from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s Daniel Zott…before he was in Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.), about their upcoming performances. We also chatted with School of Rock Music Director Eddie Baranek about this Saturday’s show. Check out what they had to say!.....
This forceful six-piece is about to celebrate the release of their debut EP, so catch them now before they go supernova. The band’s sound is bluesy and psychedelic while Nina Sofia’s powerhouse vocals are soon to be classified one of the seven wonders of the Midwestern world.
Saw these guys on Friday at PJ’s Lager house and instantly fell in love. It was a friend’s birthday who knew the lead singer. Nina is incredibly friendly and humble, on top of being a great musician.
Sometimes all you need is a good neighborhood band.
As Voted by Local Metro Music, Detroit
Since their formation in early 2013, the Buffalo Riders have performed continuously at venues such as PJ's Lager House in Detroit's historic Corktown neighborhood, the famous Blind Pig Ann Arbor, the New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck as well as headlining spots at both the Ferndale City Pride Fest and the Allen Park Street Fair. Nina & The Buffalo Riders' sound has been fashioned by a decade of live performance experience, songwriting and commercial session work for companies like ALP Music, as well as a myriad of influences ranging from bluegrass to soul. The group is valued for their high intensity live performances and cross-genre instrumentation....
11/28/15 Showcase D'Holidays - Campus Martius Park - Detroit
11/24/15 Live! From the Mitch Albom Show - WJR 760am - 5pm **Postponed**
11/23/15 WDIV Channel 4 News "Live in the D" - 10am
10/30/15 Opening for Frijid Pink at the Token Lounge - Westland
10/23/15 Creepy Cheapy with The Imps and Melanie Kelley of Reptar on Ice at The Crofoot - Pontiac
10/02/15 City of Allen Park Oktoberfest - Allen Park
09/05/15 Short's Brewing Company - Bellaire
09/04/15 Arts Beats and Eats - Royal Oak
08/21/15 Get on the Bill, 89X Radio Contest - Freddy's Bar - Clinton Township
08/07/15 Allen Park Art and Music Festival - Allen Park
07/30/16 Whitney Garden Party with Desolation Angels/44 Territories - Detroit
07/17/15 Churchill's Food and Spirits - Flint
07/18/15 Capitol Park hosted by 89X Radio and DIME music college- Detroit
07/16/15 The Blind Pig - Ann Arbor
07/11/15 The Majestic Cafe - Detroit
07/10/15 Wyandotte Street Fair - Wyandotte
07/09/15 Uncle Sam Jam - Woodhaven
05/08/15 Nina and the Buffalo Riders EP1 official release party at The Huma Room at HopCat, Detroit with Liquid Monk and Feral Ground - Detroit
05/01/15 Metro Times Blowout - Fowling Warehouse - Hamtramck
04/11/15 Flint Local 432 with Old St. Tyrannus - Flint
04/04/15 Ann Arbor Hash Bash - Ann Arbor
03/20/15 HopCat Detroit with The Steepwater Band on tour - Detroit
03/07/15 The Loving Touch - The Whiskey Charmers album release party - Ferndale
02/21/15 DETROIT X DETROIT music festival, performing as the Bob Seger System at the Magic Stick - Detroit
10/11/14 PJ's Lager House 100th anniversary show! with Red Sneakers (Japan), Hydrothermal Vents (Montreal), Blue Mountain Belle and The Witches - Corktown, Detroit
08/01/14 Allen Park Street Fair - Southfield Stage, 7pm - Allen Park
05/31/14 Ferndale Pride - Main Stage, 7:00pm - Ferndale