Donna The Buffalo

Donna The Buffalo

Fri · October 19, 2018

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

Donna the Buffalo is known as one of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989. The Erie Times says, "They craft spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities: Nevins' songs are unfailingly melodic, brisk and buoyant, powered by her reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals and ever-present fiddle and accordion. Puryear's songs accentuate the groove, his exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like way with lyrics."

Donna The Buffalo
Donna The Buffalo
ASHEVILLE, NC -- Donna the Buffalo is heading into the studio in February 2018 to record their
next album! They are joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni at Sonic Ranch in
El Paso, TX, one of the world's largest residential recording studios, built around an 80-year-old hacienda
and pecan orchard. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a
video session of one of their new songs, “Look Both Ways.” Check it out at
https://youtu.be/RYDw8A2lSwI.
Fraboni is well known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Tim
Hardin, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt, and as Vice President at Island Records where
he oversaw the remastering of the entire Bob Marley catalog. He produced the soundtrack on Martin
Scorsese's groundbreaking concert movie, The Last Waltz, which included an all-star cast of famous rock
and roll performers. He built and designed the legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu to the specification
of Bob Dylan and the Band. Referred to as a "genius" by Keith Richards in his bestselling autobiography
Life.
Donna the Buffalo’s fanbase, The Herd, will be excited to hear this news since their most recent album,
Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, came out nearly five years ago in the spring of 2013. All Music
Guide says of it, “This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from
anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet
easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.”
Known as one of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, The
Erie Times says, "They craft spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities: Nevins' songs are
unfailingly melodic, brisk and buoyant, powered by her reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals and ever-
present fiddle and accordion. Puryear's songs accentuate the groove, his exceptional guitar work and sly,
Dylan-like way with lyrics."
New Haven Register expands upon this to say, “Donna the Buffalo knows a thing or two about
rhythm. Cajun, zydeco and old-time rhythms. A bit of reggae rhythm. Various guitar and fiddle rhythms.
The rhythm of traveling by bus year after year for more than a quarter-century now, criss-crossing
America… over and over again.”
Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, fiddle, guitar,
accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (B3 Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet & piano),
Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It's been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says.
“You get to the point where you're playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it's like turning on
the key to a really good car. It just goes.”
Donna the Buffalo drew its original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the
old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. Not only was it playing
music at these events, it was the vibe and the togetherness that bonded the people that attended.
“Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other,
that's the feeling we were shooting for in our music.” Puryear says, “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of
the joy we've found.”
"It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something
that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force…” Nevins says. “All those people that come
and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for
the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.”
Donna the Buffalo has released ten albums and are affiliated with several others, including Puryear’s
2007 solo album Hopes and Dreams and a 2003 release, Wait Til Spring, with Jim Lauderdale. The

band's 2008 release Silverlined, as well as the 2013 release, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, (both
on Sugar Hill Records) did well on the Americana Music Chart, each placing well into the top ten. In 2011
Nevins released Wood and Stone, produced by Larry Campbell in Levon Helm Studios, and Mule to
Ride in 1999 on Sugar Hill Records.
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/