Bruce recorded the song with The Seeger Sessions Band for his 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The album was recorded over the course of nine years at Thrill Hill East, Springsteen's home studio in Colts Neck, NJ: During these sessions, all of the album's songs were cut live in the living room of Springsteen's farmhouse – they were not rehearsed and all arrangements were conducted by Springsteen as he and the band played them. "We were doing trapeze without a safety net," Sam Barfeld told Backstreets magazine. "He plays the song for you once, a couple of arrangement ideas. Have enough time to scrawl out a chord chart, and then boom! You record."
'Buffalo gals' was recorded during the third session
First Session : 02/11/1997
- Soon after the conclusion of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's short Vote For Change Tour, Springsteen was liaising with manager Jon Landau regarding material for a potential future second volume of the Tracks boxed set. Some of the leftover material from the 02 Nov 1997 session was being evaluated and out of those discussions came the idea of releasing this session material as a stand-alone album project. "Thanks to Jon Landau for another one of his 'I think we've got something here...' phone calls," Springsteen later wrote in the liner notes of the 2006 album.
Second Session: 19/03/2005
There were not enough songs recorded on 02 Nov 1997 to fill an album, so the original 1997 musicians were contacted again and an additional recording session took place on 19 Mar 2005, just prior to Springsteen embarking on his Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour. Nine songs were recorded during the second session: ERIE CANAL, JOHN HENRY, O MARY DON'T YOU WEEP, PAY ME MY MONEY DOWN, OLD DAN TUCKER, FROGGIE WENT A COURTIN', SHENANDOAH, MRS. MCGRATH, and MICHAEL ROW YOUR BOAT ASHORE
. Eight of the songs recorded during this second session ended up on the album.
Third Session: 14/01/2006
Bruce performed the song 21 times and 2 times as a snippet:
2008-03-07 HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
2006-06-19 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
2006-06-13 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
2006-06-11 Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
2006-05-28 Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
2006-05-27 Tweeter Center For The Performing Arts, Mansfield, MA
2006-05-21 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
2006-05-20 Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
2006-05-17 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2006-05-16 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006-05-14 Pavelló Olímpic De Badalona, Barcelona, Spain
2006-05-12 DatchForum, Milan, Italy2006-05-10 Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
2006-05-08 Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
2006-05-07 Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, England
2006-05-05 Point Theatre (The), Dublin, Ireland
2006-04-30 New Orleans Fairgrounds, New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
2006-04-26 Convention Hall, Asbury Park
2006-04-25 Convention Hall, Asbury Park
2006-04-24 Convention Hall, Asbury Park
2006-04-20 Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Always when he was playing in Buffalo
2016-02-25 First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY
The set kicks off with a riff on the opening line from "Buffalo Gals": "Buffalo won't you come out tonight?".
2012-04-13 First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY
Bruce and band, without Patti Scialfa, enter the stage with "Buffalo Gals" playing over the PA - Bruce even sings a few lines.