Benford "Buffalo"Standley


Buffalo Benford Productions, LLC is the production entity for Benford E. Standley

Over the years he has produced hundreds of events and shows which include names like:

 

Merle Haggard

Clint Eastwood

Kris Kristofferson

Bob Dylan

Emmylou Harris
Waylon Jennings

Hoyt Axton

Willie Nelson

Bacon Brothers w/ Kevin Bacon
Miranda Lambert
Dave Somerville  (Diamonds)

Les Paul
Taylor Swift

Ramblin Jack Elliott

Leon Russell

David Amram

Luke Perry

Joe Ely

Gary Busey

Robert Earl Keen

Buckminster Fuller

Laura Huxley

Bobby Carradine

Kacey Musgrave

Jack Ingram

Michael Martin Murphy

Buddy Red Bow
The Lost Gonzos
Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)
Floyd Westerman
Eddie Dean

Junior Brown
Bob Wills TX Playboys

Jack Tempchin
New Riders of Purple Sage
Chris Montez

Rosie Flores
John York   (The Byrds)

Jerry Jeff Walker

Riders in The Sky

Jack Tempchin

John Andrew Parks

 

Ken Kragen

Johnny Rivers

Buck Page Riders Purple Sage

Spencer Davis

Billy Swan

Aaron Neville

Max Gail

Freebo--(Bass, Bonnie Raitt)
Count Smokula
Gary P. Nunn

Jeffery Steele
Greg Harris (Flying Burrito Bros)
Carloyn Hester
B.W. Stevenson
Ronnie Mack

Megan Linsey

Kenny Lee Lewis

Bob Wills, Jr.
Eddie Dean

Mark Sellers
and many more...

 

Benford has produced wild west shows, rodeos, the World Chile Cook-off in Terlingua, TX, several 3-day music festivals,

seven years of digital film festivals, an arts and craft festival on the strip in Vegas, concerts in a Vegas casinos, concerts

in Guatemala, Central America, and 5 states in the U.S.  Benford produced one of the most important symposiums in the

nation for runaway and missing children, hundreds of concerts, plus many other events & shows, and too many club dates

for one person to remember. 

 

He owned a recording studio and has co produced several record projects, including the Official State Ballad of Montana,

and co-produced 2 award winning music videos, that were dedicated to runaway and missing children, a subject he has

written three books on.  He's produced and co-produced many benefits for children and youth, and written major legislation

for kids and help establish the Runaway Hotline in Austin, Texas, a Nation Wide program to help runaway kids in America

that is still in operation today.. 

 

Presently, he is producing a project named WAITING FOR A TRAIN with MERLE HAGGARD and JIMMIE RODGERS.

After telling Willie Nelson that he was working on a documentary on Jimmie Rodgers Willie told him, "If you want to know

more about Jimmie Rodgers you need to talk to Merle Haggard."  A few years later he got to Haggard and their friendship

and partnership last the last 12 years until Haggard passed away in 2016.  Waiting For A Train includes a Three Volume

Memoir on Merle Haggard and Jimmie Rodgers, plus three films regarding said men.  Here in 2022, he is finishing two

of the books with one on Rodgers and the other on Haggard to be released in 2023, and three movie project to further

tell the Sagas. 

 

The Jimmie Rodgers Saga, is about "The man that started it all", aka "The Father of Country Music," has interviews with

Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Les Paul, Aaron Neville, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Tanya Tucker, Buck Owens, Steve

Earle, Rosanne Cash, and many greats in music history.  The book will serve as outlines for two movies on Rodgers. JimmieRodgersSaga.com  Benford Traveled to Columbia, South America to write the following two volumes on his

dozen year with Merle Haggard and is accompanied by many thousand of digital pictures and hundreds of hours of

Merle Haggard.  Standley was one of few ever allowed to film the very private Haggard. More at MEandMERLE.com

 

Standley is doing the rough edit on a online series that began working with the Eric Clapton Camp that grew to a project

with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Les Paul, Merle Haggard, Buck Page, founding member of the 1936 Riders of the Purple Sage,

Sonny Curtis from Buddy Holly's band The Crickets,  and other greats.  More online at:  PioneerTroubadours.com,

 

He's finishing a ten year writing project on the state and fate of children in the U.S. during the last quarter of a century. 

See more on his 4 decades of work for children and youth at StudioClub.com/Colorado.htm  He is also working on a

autobiography book MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH on his 4 decades in the entertainment business, and putting

his book FROM ARMADILLOS TO MASTODONS, a book about the Tonkawa Indians of the Texas Hill Country online.

You can find more on projects at:  BenfordStandley.com

 

Benford's history in the entertainment business goes back to 1967, when he started a band while he was in college in the

West Texas town of Alpine, where he went to ride bulls and rodeo.  Playing drums in a country western rock 'n roll band in

the sixties was a great beginning for a career that spans the past 5 decades. Because of his business studies in college

and being raised by a banker, he went to producing and management in 1970, after he moved to Austin, Texas about the

time the "progressive country" music scene was started,  that gave birth to Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphy and

the "Armadillo cosmic gonzo cowboy" scene.  Then Willie Nelson moved to town, taking  the lead in creating the "Outlaw"

sound.  Through these years Benford was right in the middle of this "happening," and producing many of the cutting edge

concerts in Austin, Texas and around the state, including one in Guatemala, Central America and many in Montana.

 

After a number of years working as a psychology intern in a number of mental hospitals, backwards, surgery wards as a

surgical tech, and working on in several clinical programs working with autistic children, and a year of politics writing

legislation and working with the U.S. Justice Dept., CIA, FBI, Texas Rangers, Texas Senate and House Sub Committees

on Human Resources concerning the state and fate of children, including work with FBI's Most Wanted John Walsh and

many others in youth care in the United States.

 

Following this time in his life he left the country for near ten years, living and traveling every country in Central American

and Peru, Equador, Brazil and Boliva in South America some of Europe, and extensively in Mexico with his central goal

to see the world and to study how other countries treat and care for their children and youth.  It was also important for him

to visit many Aztec, Mayan and Incan ruins on earth, and escaping with his copy of Whole Earth Catalogue. Prior to the

travels he attended 3 universities and getting hours equivalent to a BA in Economics and Psychology and 30 hours

in Masters studies in Psychology. More on his kid work at: studioclub.com/Some%20Ran%20East/IRanWest1.htm

 

Standley began to study "multimedia" in 1993, while negotiating a million dollar CD-Rom deal with IBM. He was turned on

to the world of multimedia by Native American producer Dan Jones while Dan was working with Kevin Costner, and while

working with Willie Nelson on Farm Aid 1994, as co-producer of the short wave radio broadcast of Farm Aid, he began to

tinker with this new Super Informational Highway.. He saw the future and got on board the cyberspace band wagon that

day on the bus with Willie Nelson, Computer Bob, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young and others...WestMultimedia

 

In 1995, he produced one of the very first live video/audio Internet cybercast.  Wikipedia reports: "In 1995, Benford E.

Standley produced one of the first audio/video webcasts in history." The pioneering webcast was from the world

famous Troubadour in Hollywood. On the lineup were some classic LA acts including, John York from the Byrds, Greg

Harris of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Buck Page, founding member of the Riders of the Purple Sage, producer Sid Smith

(Circus of the Stars, Bob Hope's Christmas Specials for ten years, Miss Universe Pageants) was playing the cardboard

box and some other LA top acts.  The show was a benefit for Children of the Night, a program helping runaway girls in LA.

In 97, while living back in Austin, Tx, he produced a live Internet cybercast of Willie Nelson and Friends playing for the 100

year birthday of Jimmie Rodgers ( Father of Country Music). The cybercast was produced in concert with Sony/Columbia

Online and he produced  the show on a Bob Dylan website. The show was a Yahoo "Pick of  the Week," and a pick by

CitySearch.com, was so successful that the Sony server system crashed in San Francisco.  WestMultimedia

 

In 1998, Benford returned to LA to launch his new project the StudioClub.com  A  Virtual Entertainment InterNetwork on

the World Wide Web.  The site was launched on June 22, 1998, with a taped show produced on May 26, 1998.  The site

is still online lasting the wild ride of the Internet's first decade.  In 2006 and 09 the site was seeing an average of one

million visitors per month, with no advertising or marketing budget to speak of.  Using the StudioClub.com as his web

based platform, Standley has produced hundreds of shows over the past 13 years, including webcasting the taped audio

and pictures and text of the weekly Ronnie Mack Barn dance, which was from a honky-tonk at the corner of Hollywood

and Vine, the most famous street corner in the world, every Tuesday night for a year.  WestMultimedia

 

In February of 1999, he produced a 5 hour live audio-video webcast of the First American in the Arts Awards Ceremony,

which went off without a hitch and was broadcast via YAHOO!  In 2000 his company again produced the First American

In the Arts Awards show with his partners at Yahoo.com broadcast and Mark Cuban and company in Dallas, TX

WestMultimedia. During much of early 2000 he worked to manage StudioClub.com and his documentary projects.

 

In November of 2008 Benford produced PasoDigitalFilmFestival.com, which was the frist "Digital" film festival on on

the planet Earth with more festival to follow and in 2013 he produce in Silicon Valley the DigitalMediaFestival.com a

first for Silicon Valley.  Prior he had posted the Malibu Film Festival online for 4 years.  Both of his film festival has the

number one position for "digital" on Google for years.  Attending his digital festival were the likes of Clint Eastwood to

Kevin Bacon, Academy Award Editor Joel Cox, Johnny Rivers, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Luke Perry, Kathleen Quinlan,

director Mick Jackson, We Are the World creator Ken Kragen, Gary Busey, Francisco Quinn, Bobbie Carradine, an

 many other greats in music and film.

 

 

His personal website is at

BenfordStandley.com

Webcast Production History and Pictures

 

 

 

Benford interview on the Paul Leslie Hour

 

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